Oct 182016
 

holiday-hamperAt the AGM this year we, as a group, voted to collect items towards holiday hampers through the Junior Chamber Edmonton group.  We have recently been able to officially register for this program, so now we need to start collecting the dry goods at SEA events and all the way through until mid-December. The following list will allow us to complete 2 Extra Large hampers (for 9 people each).  We will also require some cash donations towards the fresh items that can only be bought the week prior. So if you can’t get out to go shopping just donate a few bucks to the cause.  You can do this in person at events via a board member or you can do this on the membership page using the donate button (leave us a note on your donation so we know you want it to be allocated towards the hamper program)

This post will be updated as items are donated, so you know what we still need. You can always comment about what items you are going to donate as well so that others don’t duplicate. If we do end up with any duplications, we will take those to the food bank. **Please ensure the items will be in date into 2017

We’ll need cash donations for the fresh items, that we will pick up the week of delivery.  These items include: 2 x (Cryovac) Ham, 2 x 15lbs Potatoes, 8 x Root Vegetables (Sweet Potato, Yams, Turnip), 48 Mandarin/Festive Oranges, 2 boxes of Christmas Pastry or Desserts, 2 x 750g Christmas chocolates, 2 x 454g tub of Margarine/Butter, 6 loaves of bread, 4 x package of bread rolls

If we have enough cash donations we will also get each of the family members a small personal gift (like toys for the kids, pampering sets for the adults, gift cards for teenagers)

Thanks for helping!!   Click ”READ MORE” for the shopping list

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 Posted by at 9:42 AM
May 042016
 

If you don’t drive, but have items you want to donate, please email Karen, our current SEA president, and she’ll arrange to pick them up. Email Karen at president@edmontonatheists.ca

Items that the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services are asking for are as follows:

– diapers
– baby wipes
– feminine hygiene products
– soap
– shampoo
– NEW towels
– NEW Underwear and socks
– NEW pillows
– toothbrushes and toothpaste

While not listed, unopened cat and dog food have been mentioned online as items they would accept, so if you want you can also donate those.

We took cash donations during the Aron Ra event on Tuesday evening and have donated $300 to the Red Cross on behalf of the Society of Edmonton Atheists.


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 Posted by at 1:56 PM
Nov 172015
 

From Global Edmonton, November 15th:

“EDMONTON — A diner in Old Strathcona that provides a hot Christmas meal to those in need every year is in desperate need of help after losing its main sponsor for the annual dinner.

B’s Diner, located at 100 Street and 82 Avenue, is hosting its 13th annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 for those who may not otherwise have a turkey dinner this holiday season. The diner feeds an average of 300 people at the annual event.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” said Adelle Toms, sous chef at B’s Diner. “With the economic times right now I’m pretty sure it’s probably going to be closer to 500 people this year.”

“It’s all you can eat. It’s a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert,” said Brenda Der, owner of B’s Diner.

But due to an unforeseen family emergency, the person who regularly sponsors the meal won’t be able to do so this year. The diner usually prepares 18 large turkeys and 12 hams at the dinner, and so far they only have one turkey.

“We’re always in need of turkeys, hams, desserts, non-perishable items like cranberry sauce,” she said. “Then perishable things to make the stuffing, so we need vegetables. We need butter for the rolls, things like that.”

Der hopes the community can rally together to help them out so they can go ahead with the dinner.

“I’ve always been a strong person and I do believe if you continue to do good in this world that something will come back,” she said. “No human deserves to go hungry.”

“You get people from every walk of life that just need that little help, you know, just a little bit of support; a little bit of food,” added Toms.

“The least we can do once a year is feed them.”

B’s Diner also hopes to go beyond its annual Christmas dinner this year. If they get enough donations, staff will also prepare additional meals and deliver them to less fortunate families in Edmonton.

Donations can be dropped off at the diner. For more information on how you can help, visit B’s Diner’s Facebook Page.”

We will be collecting cash donations for B’s Diner at Brunch on the 29th and the round table on the 1st.  This collection will be separate from the toonie tin collection. Anything you can pitch in with will help but I’d suggest five bucks.

Allan Bassil.

five bucks ren & stimpy five bucks spock five bucks five bucks snape

Jun 112015
 

Highway cleanup is this weekend Saturday and Sunday morning, unless it rains, then we will postpone.   We meet at 9am and go for a few hours, please make sure you dress for the weather and we would advise AGAINST sandals or shorts/capri pants as the grass gets pretty long and dirty.    Please also be advised that Alberta Transport requires volunteers for the highway cleanup to be at least 9 years of age.

Our section of the QE II is the east side of the road, just north of Highway 625.

Meeting Location:
South end of the Sparrow Drive Service Road in Nisku at the cul-de-sac just south of the Blackjacks Roadhouse.
GPS: 53.338802,-113.544435 http://goo.gl/maps/Rdxuh

SEA will supply:
Safety vests (but please bring one if you have one)
Water
Garbage Bags

Volunteers should bring:
Ski pole, or stick with nail on end to pick up garbage
Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses – be prepared for the weather
Bug spray
Work gloves (latex gloves are not suitable)

 Posted by at 6:29 PM
Feb 172015
 

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Time to get those volunteer hats on again, this time we will be helping out in the PREFAB shop which is located at 14135-128 Avenue

We are limited to 10 volunteer spots, so please ensure you are available for the entire day before agreeing to come.

Shift is from 8:00am until 4pm, with a few breaks and lunch.
There is a site specific safety orientation for assigned tasks for each day that you are scheduled. YOU MUST BE PUNCTUAL; due to the safety program anyone who misses the morning safety orientation will not be able to work on site.

Those who are interested will have to complete paperwork and return it to Karen Lumley Kerr before April 15th. The paperwork can be found here: Group Construction Volunteer Package 2015

You can bring it to a SEA event or email it to Karen at president@edmontonatheists.ca

NOTE: Habitat for Humanity now requires that you BRING your own set of work gloves. They can be purchased for less than $5 at a local hardware store.

 Posted by at 9:35 PM
Dec 222014
 

It’s December. Christmas decorations in stores have been up for 8 weeks already, you may be wishing you could target an EMP at speakers playing carols, and the annual charity season is in full swing. Salvation Army kettles are in the malls, and there are billboards up explaining that a goat is more than just a goat.

So, how do you decide which charities are worth giving to? Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 

Caring for Alberta's Highways: Society of Edmonton Atheists

A few years ago, the SEA adopted a section of the QE II highway; we make sure it gets cleaned, and the province puts our name on a sign. The second weekend we’re cleaning this year is this Saturday and Sunday, from 9-11:30am.

If you can offer a carpool, or need a carpool, please contact us, or if you’re on the Facebook group, post a notice on the events.

Meeting Location, 9am:
South end of the Sparrow Drive Service Road in Nisku, at the cul-de-sac just south of the Blackjacks Roadhouse.

SEA will supply: Continue reading »

Jul 062014
 
Caring for Alberta's Highways: Society of Edmonton Atheists

Caring for Alberta’s Highways: Society of Edmonton Atheists

A few years ago, the SEA adopted a section of the QE II highway; we make sure it gets cleaned, and the province puts our name on a sign. The first set of days we’re cleaning this year is this Saturday and Sunday, from 9-11:30am (the early times avoid us being out there when it’s sweltering hot).

If you can offer a carpool, or need a carpool, please contact us, or if you’re on the Facebook group, post a notice on the event (Saturday, Sunday)

Meeting Location, 9am:
South end of the Sparrow Drive Service Road in Nisku, at the cul-de-sac just south of the Blackjacks Roadhouse.

SEA will supply:

  • Safety vests (but please bring one if you have one)
  • Water
  • Garbage Bags
  • Some work gloves (bring your own if you have a pair)

Volunteers should bring:

  • Ski pole, or stick with nail on end to pick up garbage
  • Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses – be prepared for the weather
  • Bug spray
  • Work gloves (latex gloves are not suitable)
May 122014
 

A big thank you to our volunteers who helped out on the weekend at Habitat for Humanity.   The build was at an earlier stage than last years site, and we had much better weather this year.  As an added bonus most of us had a chance to use some power tools!

SEA also donated money which paid for lunch for the volunteers that day (our group and another group that was there on the same day).  Thank you to anyone that gave a monetary donation towards that.

We plan to be involved on a yearly basis, information is usually available in the first few months of the year.  

Well done volunteers!

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photo credit Bill Burris

 Posted by at 10:17 AM
Oct 082013
 

Thanks so much to everyone that took part in the highway clean up this September, our new format was a huge success.  In previous years we have just met early and worked all day to clean up our stretch of the QE2, however this saw the group of volunteers working for upwards of 7 hours.   This year we split the clean up over two weekends, doing 2 hour stints each time.  Not only did you not get as tired (your back didn’t ache the next morning), it was more productive and we had time to head out for lunch afterwards.  15 different people came to help out over the course of our 4 events, that’s double the amount that came out last year to help.   Great job guys and gals!

We’ll follow that same format next year and we may very well be adding a late spring/early summer highway clean up too, so watch the website/facebook page for info on that.

The crew (missing: Allan taking the photo)

The crew (missing: Allan taking the photo)

Highway cleanup

 Posted by at 8:49 AM