Two different events to start the month of May will keep Volunteer Airdrie busy throughout the city.

Annual Highway Clean-Up

On May 4, you can expect to see lots of Airdronians cleaning up the ditches along the QEII. During the cleanup campaign, they cover the QE II highway on both sides from the north city limit down to the Balzac overpass between 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. 

Dave Maffitt, board chair for the society asks residents to keep an eye out and be extra careful, so volunteers can stay safe while participating in the event, which is much needed this time of year. 

"We hope to beautify the Airdrie area and make it appealing. The government of Alberta also provides grants for non-profits that clean up provincial highways. So, it will help us out as well"

If you'd like to join in the clean up, click HERE for more details and to sign up. Maffitt said they hope to get around 40 volunteers.

Rain Barrel sale fundraiser for the Youth Volunteer Corps

The fundraiser will be held in conjunction with Volunteer Airdrie's community garden planting project, which they partnered up with the Airdrie and District Agricultural Society to hold this year. 

The event will take place May 11 in Rocky View County from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. located at #265232 Range Road 14. The event is something that helps the group and Airdrie residents especially this year said Maffitt.

"We thought this would be a good fundraiser with all the talk about a possible drought, plus it would help our youth volunteer corps."

Airdrie's volunteer corps (youth 11-18) has over 200 youth registered. They do an average of two projects per week. This fundraising event will hopefully help send some members to the annual summit in October.

"Last year, they contributed around 2000 volunteer hours to the community spread across around 19 different agencies throughout our community."

To make the trips possible, they hope to sell around 100 (or more) rain barrels. The barrels and accessories can be pre-ordered before the end of the day on May 5th by clicking HERE

Volunteer AirdriePhoto of the rain barrels provided by Volunteer Airdrie.

Naomi Slipp who is on the Board for Volunteer Airdrie talked about why this fundraiser is very practical.

"I was trying to find a rain barrel for myself and realized that I was having a hard time finding one that wasn't like one of these super fancy expensive ones and the city of Airdrie was sold out."

She mentioned a rain barrel like this would be a great idea for anybody who has a garden and will need water throughout the summer.

At the end of June, Maffitt will be handing over the reins of the board chair to Daria Skibington-Roffel.

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