We are blessed with thousands of extraordinary Albertans volunteering at The Mustard Seed.
Truly we could not offer the services we do without our dedicated and compassionate volunteers.
Recently, The League of Extraordinary Albertans was volunteering at our Resource Centre in Calgary. This community group spent several hours sorting bags and bags of donated clothing.
Clean, gently-used clothing is an ongoing need for our guests at our shelter and we are so grateful for the donations that constantly come in, but they all needed to be sorted into sizes and types of clothing items so that guests can easily be given what they need.
Two dozen members from the league, some in costumes, worked hard at our Resource Centre. These volunteers really are extraordinary! One of the league values is “radical self-expression” which explains the reindeers, elves and a guy in bunny ears.
The values of the league were inspired by the Principles of Burning Man, which includes the act of gift giving. In this case, it was giving the gift of their time and energy.
Dree, who was dressed as an Elf, says it is “gifting as opposed to making everything commodities.”
She says she started volunteering at The Mustard Seed with her mother when she was a teenager, she continues that tradition with her son and her friends from the league.
The League of Extraordinary Albertans also values what it calls radical inclusion, in other words anyone can join the league. We have the same attitude here at The Mustard Seed. We care for anyone in need.
Thank you to all our extraordinary volunteers for the thousands of hours you spend serving people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” – Mark 12:31