Day of Caring at SOS

For over 29 years, Some Other Solutions (SOS) has given back to the community of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. Through their Emergency Crisis Line, gap counselling, in-school youth mentoring, summer camps and more, the small staff team provides mental and emotional support to residents of all ages.

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On June 18th, the roles were reversed as a team of volunteers from Suncor Energy arrived with tools in hand to give back during a United Way Day of Caring®. The team, who annually gives back to the community, took on a number of projects. In less than eight hours, they transformed the space in the backyard of SOS headquarters at 9908 Manning Avenue.  They built garden beds that will provide a gardening activity for their summer camps, added steps to the deck, installed shelving, renovated a gate, and painted the fence and shed.

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The renovated space at SOS will have a positive impact on the social profit’s summer camps. “The garden beds will provide us with the opportunity to teach children about the importance of healthy food and knowing where it comes from,”  said TJ Carabeo, Child and Youth Program Manager.  TJ and other staff members rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside the volunteers from Suncor, resulting in a very successful Day of Caring®.

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After it was all said and done, everyone agreed that Renato Aquind from Suncor Energy captured the feelings towards the day by saying: “Although it feels like we are giving back, I really feel like we are the ones that are receiving because you never know when you or your family will be the ones in need of the support SOS provides.”

Author: Michelle Davies

Michelle Davies is a Bachelor of Events and Tourism Management Student at Thompson Rivers University. She recently joined the United Way of Fort McMurray team as the Community Impact Events Coordinator. Although Michelle is new to Fort McMurray, she isn’t new to United Way previously serving as the Community Impact Associate of United Way TNC in Kamloops, British Columbia. During her four month term, Michelle will be focusing on events, increasing the capacity of Day of Caring projects and assisting our Community Impact team. She is looking forward to furthering her experience in the social profit world and giving back to the community of Fort McMurray. When Michelle isn’t studying or working, she is probably on her way up the nearest mountain hiking, biking, rock climbing or snowboarding. She thrives on interactions, experiences and adventures whether it be exploring in her own backyard or half way across the world.