Community Programs and Events
Community Visitation Program
Community visitation provides opportunities to share resources and watch families develop through various connections that are made within the community. Community visitation provides a steady anchor for families finding it difficult to stay centered in the responsibility of raising a family.
What does Community Visitation look like?
- meet with families regularly in the home or community
- enhance parenting awareness
- listen to issues touching their family
- provide material on child development and health
- provide activities that promote caregiver/child bonding.
- help families access other programs.
Why does Community Visitation work?
- provides an opportunity to work in the family environment
- provide education and support for families
- strengthen coping skill and prevent future crisis
- tailor services to best meet a family’s needs
Our Goal: To strengthen and support families by:
- developing bonds
- inspire positive caregiver-child relationships
- support early child growth and development
Community visitation is available to families who are unable to access programs and services due to isolation issues.
Snow Angels Program
The Snow Angels Program is a volunteer service program where individuals, organizations, businesses, classrooms, families, and groups of youth can commit to removing snow from the driveway and entrance way of a community resident in need, throughout the winter season.
Interested volunteers can contact FCSS at 780-895-2233 Ext. 226, and be matched with a resident(s) in need of snow clearing in their neighborhood. The volunteer is committed to the same resident throughout the campaign, but may assist more than one person if desired.
Residents who have a condition or disability preventing them from participating in snow clearing activities, and who have no other capable members residing in their home to assist, are eligible to apply for this service.
These are four special nights hosted in the Towns of Lamont, Bruderheim and Mundare, and the Village of Andrew. Local groups and organizations come together to promote and advertise services and supports available in the community. The event is free of charge for attendees and is a great place to bring the family to explore and receive information about all the County has to offer.
Each year FCSS Lamont County Region recognizes local volunteers during national Volunteer week with a special celebration. This year once again we provided an evening to say “Thank You!” to the countless people who donate their time and efforts to making this community a great place to call home. Two events are offered each year during Provincial Volunteer Appreciation Week.
Each Year FCSS promotes a Family Day “unplugged event.” This event provides activities for families coupled with an advertising campaign geared towards encouraging families to spend quality time together away from electronic entertainment devices. These activities take place in the Town of Bruderheim as part of their annual Family Day celebrations. This initiative was created in partnership with the FCSS Evergreen Region and also includes an online contest where families can record the hours spent “unplugged” and enter to win prizes.
Income Tax Clinics
FCSS support staff provide assistance each year to complete income tax returns free of charge for County Residents who require assistance. This program is provided in partnership with the Canadian Volunteer Income Tax Program facilitated and sponsored by Revenue Canada.
This program is identified as an activity for which all community members can enjoy. Gardens are formed, planted and maintained by volunteer community members who are able then to harvest their own produce with a portion donated to the local food bank. Community Gardens are growing in popularity all over the Country as they are recognized to have multiple benefits for communities including providing a neighbourhood gathering place that creates urban greening, community building, social interaction, crime reduction, exercise and of course food production. Two gardens were established with the support from FCSS located in Mundare and Lamont. The Mundare Garden was established by the local Communities in Bloom group with financial support provided by FCSS. Lamont Garden was funded, planted and harvested by FCSS Lamont County staff along with a group of local volunteers. In 2012, FCSS also successfully established a partnership with Bruderheim Communities in Bloom to initiate the Bruderheim Community Garden Project.
Seniors Appreciation Week
Each year FCSS is proud to offer two events for Alberta’s Provincial Seniors week. The Mundare Annual Seniors BBQ and Bruderheim Seniors Breakfast are well attended days of food and fun scheduled each year in the first week of June. The purpose of these events is to thank local seniors for their contributions to the community as part of a Provincial Initiative. Events provide information, entertainment and complimentary meals as our way to say “Thank You for all that you do!”