Organizations and individuals within the community of Rimbey are banding together to show strength and support for each other during this time of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.
Jamie Coston, volunteer coordinator for Rimbey FCSS said this organization is reaching out to help others as best they can.
“We really want to be sure everyone has what they need.”
Coston pointed out that Rimbey has a large senior population which is considered vulnerable during this time.
In a sincere effort to keep seniors, families and everyone else in the community safe, the FCSS, in partnership with Patrick Rurka, has formed the Rimbey Neighbours Volunteer Group.
This group consists of volunteers who will be matched with people according to their needs.
Volunteers will ensure that prescriptions will be filled, groceries picked up and other errands taken care of.
“There will be no person-to-person contact,” said Coston, adding that those who use the volunteer service must pay for groceries and prescriptions prior to having items dropped off.
Coston noted that this is a time when people are subjected to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
“It can be very lonely sitting at home,” she said.
Through the Rimbey Neighbours Volunteer Group, these individuals can receive a friendly phone call and enjoy a visit while staying safe at home.
For those who may want to have a video chat, but don’t know how to make that happen, someone will be available to walk them through it.
“We are just in the beginning of this,” Coston noted, adding that it is important to help others get through this trying time.
She said donations to the Rimbey Food Bank will be accepted at the front door of the FCSS office as well as at the Co-op drop off bin.
Meals on Wheels is still in operation and food is being placed outside to ensure everyone’s safety.
“It’s more important than ever to get a hot meal at this time,” she said.
Coston stressed that even though the doors to the FCSS office are open, the public is asked to use the front door for drop offs and pick ups only and not venture inside the building. Phoning ahead and making an appointment is important, she said.
She said FCSS staff are taking turns working at home to ensure safety.
To contact the FCSS office call 403-843-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org