The numbers are in! City Jam 2017 was a great success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the many fantastic volunteers who attended. A Tribe Called Red, along with Karimah and nêhiyawak, put on a sold-out show for local volunteers who committed at least 10 hours towards an Edmonton non-profit or charity. In total, over 11,000 hours were raised by the 400 volunteers who attended. This shattered last year’s City Jam record of 6,500 volunteer hours raised!
But behind those numbers, there are some great success stories:
Even though only 10 volunteer hours were required to attend, almost 85 per cent of attendees went over and above, with many donating more than 15 hours.
Over 10 per cent were first-time volunteers. We hope this is just the inspiration they need to continue being active volunteers in the community!
There were a variety of organizations that benefited from City Jam’s volunteers, including the Edmonton Food Bank, Hope Mission, Interstellar Rodeo, Edmonton Humane Society and, of course, Edmonton NextGen.
When asked what motivated them to put on such a stellar event, one volunteer told us that “Giving back to people and a community I love so much” was what drove them, while another said that City Jam was “a brand new experience, something I've never really done before. It's giving me the opportunity to try even more new things. This is all great for me and is even better because I know that I'm making a difference!"
Speaking of making a difference, this event would not have been possible without our sponsors at the City of Edmonton, Canadian Western Bank and The Starlite Room. Thank you for helping us to shine a light on the compassion and hard work of Edmontonians.
If you missed out on this great event, never fear—The next Edmonton City Jam is already in the works. Stay tuned for an announcement next week during Volunteer Week!