Programs and Projects
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (Year-Round)
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency and Community and Family Services (CFS). CFS recruits and trains volunteers to prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
Annually, local volunteers complete between 40-50 tax returns. This program serves a wide range of people, including those living on low income, newcomers to Canada, students including International students and seniors. To access the program, visit Community Outreach Services at 627 Patricia St.
VOLUNTEER: If you are interested in volunteering for the CVITP, contact Leanne Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Social Services (Year-Round)
Community & Family Services is responsible for Emergency Social Services (ESS) in Jasper. During an active emergency, CFS staff and volunteers are tasked with taking care of the people affected by it.
ESS takes into consideration people’s food, shelter, transportation, health and safety needs. This includes considerations for people who do not speak English and people with physical or mental disabilities. Pets are also an important consideration. The Municipality of Jasper has more information on emergency preparedness and ESS here.
VOLUNTEER: If you are interested in helping in ESS during an emergency, contact Leanne Pelletier at email@example.com.
Community Dinners (Sunday nights January through March)
Community Outreach Services along with generous volunteers prepare and serve a home-cooked meal to 300 of your neighbours every Sunday throughout the winter.
The Community Dinner Program runs January through March and sees between 200-500 people break bread together on Sunday nights at the Jasper Activity Centre. It’s dinner by donation! Everyone is welcome.
VOLUNTEER: If you’re interested in helping out, contact Denise Mellett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rec & Resource Fair (September)
The idea for a Rec & Resource Fair came from the community. Participants at the Adult Community Conversation table noted that it can be difficult to find out about all of the activities that take place in Jasper.
In an effort to make the community more welcoming and inclusive, the group determined a rec and resource fair would be the perfect community fix.
The annual Recreation and Resource Fair takes place on the first Thursday of September after the start of the school year. There are over 50 organizations, clubs, teams or resource groups featured.
APPLY FOR A BOOTH: to have a booth at the next Recreation and Resource Fair! Send an email to Lisa Riddell: email@example.com.
Jasper Coat Rescue (October to April)
The Coat Rescue Program provides individuals and families with warm winter clothes. The program is organized by Community Development and administered by Community Outreach Workers who assist their clients in obtaining suitable coats.
Alongside the coats collected through the generosity of Lole’s Yellow Label Program, we partner with the United Church Thrift Shop. The Thrift Shop volunteers sift through and donate winter coats, snowsuits and boots, as well as mittens and toques. Many residents also drop coats off directly to the Community Outreach Services office.
ACCESS THE PROGRAM: visit Community Outreach Services at 627 Patricia St. and connect with a Outreach Worker.