Press Release: IncluCity Calgary Receives Community Services Recovery Fund for Meaningful Engagement
The Community Services Recovery Fund, a $400 million investment by the Government of Canada, aids community organizations, including charities and non-profits, in adapting for COVID-19 recovery by strengthening, and enhancing resiliency.
Calgary, AB - IncluCity is excited to announce funding from the Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) to expand its impact in the community. This funding will allow the IncluCity Calgary team to increase engagement with their volunteer and tester community and empower their futures.
IncluCity is set to make significant advancements in its operations due to the funding provided by CSRF. This funding will allow IncluCity Calgary to boost the support available to their volunteers, a plan catalyzed by the appointment of Jasmine Cha as the Volunteer & Community Coordinator, who will be managing volunteers, enhancing engagement, and helping IncluCity grow its support to the community.
Jasmine has a background in technology, community and international development, and has worked towards gender equality and digital inclusion locally as well as for the Global South.
“Digital inclusion is a perfect mix of innovation and empathy, a scenario where every person is considered in technological advancements. I’m honoured to be a part of a community where no one is left out of the tech conversation. IncluCity is the conduit for exactly that, a platform where we write our own story, one where every perspective matters while shaping our digital world. IncluCity’s journey is our own show of faith that real progress can only happen when everyone is included, and I‘m excited about a future where the word innovation will always mean empowerment. We’re all in this together!”
– Jasmine Cha, Volunteer & Community Coordinator
Following the impacts of the pandemic, IncluCity Calgary also aims to update and improve its engagement methods to fit the post-COVID era. They are set to fully engage and empower their community via a range of strategic initiatives. This mission will be realized through an in-depth review of their existing approach, improvements to their digital platforms, execution of a pilot program to enhance engagement, the creation of a specialized microcredential, and establishing deeper connections with organizations within the community that share similar goals and aspirations.
They are confident that these efforts will not only enable them to overcome the difficulties posed by the pandemic but will also allow them to emerge stronger and more resilient.
“I am continually impressed by the passion, dedication, and creativity of community service organizations, like IncluCity Calgary. And I am equally proud the Government of Canada has supported their important work through the Community Services Recovery Fund. By investing in these organizations and their projects, we can help to create a more just and equitable society, where everyone has opportunities to succeed. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this investment in Calgary over the years to come.”
– Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
IncluCity Calgary is expanding their impact in the community and tech ecosystem by:
Recruiting testers: seeking a diverse group of Calgarians that would be paid to test products and services. Sign up at www.inclucitycalgary.ca/become-a-tester.
Building partnerships: identifying client organizations who would like to test their solutions. Sign up at www.inclucitycalgary.ca/test-with-us.
Attracting volunteers: finding passionate individuals interested in UX design and sharing our vision of making Calgary more accessible for all. Sign up at www.inclucitycalgary.ca/join-our-team.
About IncluCity Calgary
IncluCity Calgary is a registered nonprofit organization that is building relationships across sectors to improve the usability of services, solutions and processes for everyone. They have expanded their capacity to run tests for clients including Chic Geek and Rainforest Alberta and have facilitated workshops with funding from Calgary Foundation. They have a team of over 100 volunteers who are engaged in making Alberta more inclusive and accessible for individuals regardless of race, gender, or ability.
About The Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund
The Community Services Recovery Fund, a $400 million initiative by the Government of Canada, aims to aid community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations are crucial in tackling ongoing social challenges in Canada. The fund focuses on current needs and long-term pandemic effects, striving to achieve three main goals: enhancing organizational strategies for stronger recovery, adapting processes for flexibility, and fostering resilience to future disruptions and crises.