Programs and Projects
Community Conversations (Year-Round)
Community Conversations are weekly conversations about a specific age group in Jasper. During these conversations, members of the Jasper Community Team (JCT) share information about social trends and challenges residents are facing and then problem-solve together to come up with innovative, locally-driven solutions to the social challenges that are identified.
Conversations take place on Wednesday from 1-2pm on Zoom.
Anyone living in Jasper, or whose agency/business/organization services the community of Jasper, is invited to join the conversation.
To become a member: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZFSJBR
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.
Cultural Kitchens: Virtual Cooking Lessons (February to June)
With public health regulations halting the Municipality of Jasper’s 2021 Community Dinner season, a new idea was borne to allow the community to share a meal together while apart.
In the spirit of building community connection, the Municipality and Jasper Settlement Services joined forces to offer Cultural Kitchens, a virtual cooking class led by a Jasper local. On Facebook Live once a month, Jasperites have the opportunity to cook alongside a member of the community and try tasty recipes from around the world.
This virtual program launched Feb. 28, 2021 and will take place the last Sunday of every month from February until June. To take part, follow along on the Jasper Settlement Service Facebook page.
Community Dinners (2021 SEASON CANCELLED)
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.
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.
Rec & Resource Listing
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Jasper hosted an annual Rec & Resource Fair. The idea 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. With public health regulations keeping us from gathering, the Municipality has created a listing of local organizations, agencies, non-profits and groups.
ADD YOUR GROUP TO THE LIST: Email email@example.com