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5 of the Best Ways to Give Back This Spring

By 21 March 2019News

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone has a little extra pep in their step – spring is finally here! This cheery season is the perfect time to give back to those in your community who need it most. Below are five ways you can help homeless children and families in Calgary this spring.


Volunteering your time and talent is a wonderful way to give back to your community.  Volunteering allows you to be directly involved with the Inn, whether you are interested in administrative help, or would rather prepare and serve lunches. Visit our volunteer page to see our full list of available opportunities!


Last year we provided care to over 500 children experiencing homelessness. Your donation dollars make a huge difference in helping us to continue making lasting change for the children and families we serve. Visit our donation page to give now, or join the Inn Crowd to start making monthly contributions.

Give Goods

At any given time, we have 20-30 families staying in our emergency shelter. These families are in crisis and regularly require items to meet their basic needs, such as clothing, diapers, toothpaste, soap, and more. Donated goods are vital to the Inn and the success of the families staying with us, and we often have a list of items in urgent need on our website. Donation items may be dropped off at our emergency shelter, and our full wish list can be found here. *Please note, we are only able to accept NEW items due to health and safety policies.


Another wonderful way to give back is to host a fundraiser! You might choose to collect pledges for a race, sell cookies at your school, or rally your coworkers to participate in a chili cook-off!  For more fundraiser options, check out this guide with over 100 unique ideas.

Sponsor a Meal

Make a direct impact on the families staying at Inn from the Cold by sponsoring a meal. From continental breakfast to afternoon snacks to pasta dinners, we provided over 120,000 meals in 2018 and couldn’t have done it without the help of generous Calgarians. To learn more about sponsoring a meal, click here.

It is not the one million dollar donation that we rely on, but the million one dollar donations. By contributing to Inn from the Cold in any capacity, you are helping to provide support to our guests year round. For even more ways to get involved and give back this spring, click here.