Brentwood Community Needs and Strengths Survey 2022

Survey by Brentwood Cares: “A group of neighbours started up during COVID to support neighbours during this time of uncertainty and contribute to a sense of belonging.” Now in our 3rd year, we want to better align our activities to Brentwood’s needs.

If possible, please complete online Survey link: http://bit.ly/BrentwoodCares2022 or by following the QR code above. Need help with the QR Code? Ask a neighbour or get in touch with brentwoodcares@brentwoodcommunity.com

If you completed a paper survey at the Art Walk, please complete the new electronic survey to help gather demographic information.

A paper version of the survey can be downloaded here or picked up at the BCA office. If you complete a paper survey, please return to the BCA Office at 1520B Northmount Drive 9-4pm or drop in BCA locked mailbox at the Old Hall at 5107-33rd Street NW.

Volunteers Needed: Interested in helping get the survey out to more neighbours? We need your help – doing door drops to Brentwood residents. Thirty four tiny bites, we’ll help you get your 10,000 steps. Sign up here. Perhaps ask neighbours if they have completed theirs?

Thank you for taking the time to help make Brentwood a great community.

Still have survey questions: email BrentwoodCares@brentwoodcommunity.com

Brentwood Cares!

My Art Walk Passport

Join in the fun, download and print a passport (2 pages!), bring a pencil, using the clues find the 10 murals in walkways around Brentwood, follow the prompts, practice your art skills, and make sure to bring your passport to the art walk on May 15 at the Sportsplex to win a prize and enter a draw to win a door prize!

 

DOWNLOAD MY ART WALK PASSPORT (canva preview)

DOWNLOAD MY ART WALK PASSPORT (JPG)

 

If you get lost, here is a map to help you.

Spring Art Walk

We are thrilled to announce the art walk has been rescheduled to 

Sunday May 15, 12 – 4 pm! 


Join us in celebrating the completion of this 2021 summer project! Thank you Activate YYC for the grant to make this possible.

Goals for the project:

  • Make unique, beautiful places that people would want to seek out in our neighborhood regardless of the season
  • Build stronger connections among our Brentwood residents by engaging them in the walkway mural project and,
  • Encourage more walking in Brentwood by having a map.

We installed murals along several walkways in Brentwood and the project inspired Brentwood’s first garage door mural!

Check out this map that shows all the murals and walkways!

Meet the artists behind the paintings (they will have a table at the Community Association to showcase or sell their artwork) and grab a bite to eat.

Artists in attendance:

A big thank you to Swinton’s Art Supplies, Calgary North Decorating and Rona for supporting us with amazing deals on all the materials. Thank you to COOP for providing treats for the event. Thank you to the residents who are hosting these amazing murals on their fences.

YYC Food Trucks will be on site! Check back for a list of offerings.

Can’t wait to see the murals? Ready to go for a walk? Download the map and print this fun activity (coming May 1).

Complete a passport and enter to win door prizes donated by Destination Art, Kensington Art Supply, Sunnyside Art Supplies, Swinton’s Art Supplies and Alberta University of the Arts Bookstore!

Thank you to the Brentwood Cares team for making this project happen! If you would like to be involved in future Brentwood Beautification projects, or any other Brentwood Cares initiatives, please email brentwoodcares@brentwoodcommunity.com

Would you like to volunteer and make this art walk a success? Click here to find out how you can help. If you have any questions about volunteering, please email brentwoodcares@brentwoodcommunity.com

Are you an artist? 
Would you like to be a vendor?

To register email Susan at susan.templeton@brentwoodcommunity.com No fee, but you will be required to bring your own table and chair (and tent if you have one, this will be an outdoor event!).

We will be accepting donations for our food drive for the Brentwood Little Food Library. Thank you in advance for your donation!

Drivers Needed – You Can Help Address Food Insecurity In Calgary and Brentwood

The past two months as Covid has started to surge again and food prices rise and inflation at a rate not seen for 30 years, food insecurity has surged in Calgary, Brentwood and across Canada. You can help address this need in many ways.

Drivers NeededFood Hamper Delivery Mornings Tuesday to Thursday.

The past two months we’ve struggled to get drivers, at time we’ve had almost half the regular pool out (Thank you so much to our pool drivers, you’ve made a tremendous difference), an almost equal distribution between Covid isolation/Covid delayed surgery/Travel. If we could have 5-6 more drivers in the pool, that would be a tremendous help.

Interested in learning more see Food Hamper Delivery Jan 2022.pdf

Sign-up/questions: cam.howey@gmail.com

 

Little Food Library – Demand Grows – Your Continued Help is SO Appreciated!

 

In early December, our community came together to gather food for the Little Food Library. So many wonderful donations helped sustain our Pantry over the holidays – which were the coldest days of winter (so far!) On a positive note, the sustained cold weather allowed us to include frozen foods in the pantry, which were well appreciated by our neighbours. With winter here, bills due, prices up and Omicron impacting us all, individuals and families who are already living on low incomes are feeling the pressure. Demand at the Little Food Library is climbing.

 

Can you help us refill the pantry with winter stable foods like nuts, rice/pasta, cereal, crackers, soup packages and dried fruit?  Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and other essentials are also needed and can be left on the doorstep of 3624 Boulton Rd on colder days. They will be put out on warmer days. Since last year we’re helping out a young family with a baby? Donations of baby foods are extra helpful, perhaps a small ($20-25.00) Walmart/Coop gift card? If you would like to donate cash or a gift cards– please use the mailbox and ring the bell or text 405.606.6949 so it gets picked up.

 

Volunteers Needed Calgary Food Bank

Volunteer opportunities exist at the Main Food Bank and various satellite locations in the NW and across Calgary.  Calgary Food Bank Volunteer page is here, details on volunteering and this week’s needs are here. If you have 2-3 hours available weekly – the Calgary Food Bank could use you. They also have ad hoc shifts for occasional volunteers. Food Bank Volunteering page is here.

Donating to The Calgary Food Bank – The Food Bank leverages at 1:5, $10 donated, buys $50 in food. With Alberta’s generous tax credits after $200 in total donations you get 50% back on charitable donations, so leverage is doubled. Donate to the Calgary Food Bank here.

 

Brentwood Cares!

Holidays and Christmas in Brentwood – Let’s All Help Make It Magical

Little Library Holiday Food Drive – Plus Books & Games for Carroll Place Saturday Dec 4

Special Holiday Food Drive 1-3pm at 3624 Boulton Rd.  Help us refill the pantry with winter staple foods like nuts, rice/pasta, cereal and dried fruit. The pantry is almost empty! Did you know this year we’re helping out a young family with a baby? Donations of baby foods are extra helpful.

We’re also collecting special foods, candy or small gift items to bring some extra joy over the holidays.

Some of last year’s magic at the Little Food Library – so nice to bring Joy.

If you would like to donate cash or a gift card or have freeze sensitive goods– please use the mailbox for the cash or gift cards and ring the bell or text 405.606.6949 so it gets picked up.

Books and Games for Carroll PlaceCarroll Place is in need of new books (any topic – romance, mystery, crime, non-fiction, biography, cooking) and games to renew their library and common room. Need to create space on your book shelf or games cupboard?  Drop off on Saturday or if you miss Saturday drop off at Carroll Place; ring 0510 (Office), no answer – leave in the lobby with a sticky note marked library.


Carroll Place Cookies and Cards 2021

 

Too many cookies? Share some holiday joy with the seniors at Carroll Place. We’re waiting for the list to come. Send a Card and some cookies (~12 or so). We’ll give contact information when we get it. When dropping off – ring the buzzer for your senior. Perhaps call ahead to let them know you are coming.Signup – Add your name to Google Doc – Carroll Place Cookies and Cards 2021 or email cam.howey@gmail.com


Christmas Hampers – We Have Two This Year – Can You Help?

This year we have two families, both with young children (Family H 15 (f), 13 (m), 8 (m); Family M 15(f), 8(f)). Could you perhaps take a few items on the list? Pickup a gift-card when shopping?Drop Hamper Items (marked Family H or M and who it’s for) at:1328 Northmount Drive NW (Bonita’s)Phone 403-988-4839 or Email:  Bonita.McCurry@brentwoodcommunity.com(deadline is Dec 11th) Hamper list is posted here,  please update list, extra to be used across hampers.You can also leave Bonita a message with items you will/have covered.


Supper Club 2021 Would you like to join SUPPER CLUB 2021?  We had such success with our very first Supper Club 2020.  Thirty families and individuals from Brentwood and surrounding communities made a few extra portions of their Christmas or holiday meal and shared this with a migrant worker family from the Philippines or Mexico. As we know, many families continue to struggle with financial limitations and isolation during this time. Supper Club reaches out to build a community of care at a time when many faiths and cultures celebrate or mark important occasions. What do you have to do? Sign up to share a meal with a migrant family, which can be dropped off between December 23 and 25th.Interested?  Please contact Binu: 403-617-4469 Liza: 403-606-6949 Email: sebastian4152@gmail.com

We will be hosting a Zoom gathering/karaoke evening on the 24th for anyone who would like to join. If you prefer to contribute through a donation and/or prefer that one of the organizers drops your meal to the family, we have volunteers ready.


Help us build a map of all homes with Christmas lights.  Register by emailing your address to events@brentwoodcommunity.com

The street with the most houses registered gets to win bragging rights on Neighbor Day 2022 as Best Lit Street in Brentwood!


Warm Clothes – We’re Helping Bear Clan Share Warmth This Winter

The Bear Clan Patrol Calgary is an Indigenous led,grassroots group providing safety and security in the community. They provide basic needs and community care all year round.Have extra warm clothes (hats, scarfs, mitts, coats or snowpants)? This year we’re collecting for Bear Clan to bring warmth to those in need here in Calgary this winter. With the call of reconciliation this year, perhaps a small way to help.Drop off new or gently used items at 3624 Boulton Rd; please have in a plastic bag – you might need to leave on the porch if no one is home. You can also contact the Bear Clan directly to donate clothes or other items at bearclanyyc@gmail.comCash donations are greatly appreciated. Donate through Assemblyofsw@gmail.com


Temporary Foreign Workers 2021 Drive Dec 9th 11am – 9pmWe’ve all learned how important temporary foreign workers are to our food supply and helping in many frontline roles. This Year Brentwood Cares is supporting a basic needs drive for the migrant workers including winter clothes, personal hygiene items, Superstore gift cards, cash donations and bus tickets. Joan & Randy’s drop in fundraiser “Migrante Alberta Christmas Support 2021”RSVP to jfarkas@shaw.ca by December 7thDrop off is Thursday, December 9th between 11 am – 9 pm at 228-30th Ave NE Miss the Fundraiser? – alternate drop-off at 3624 Boulton Rd. Text 405.606.6949 to arrange.


Snow Angels:

Brentwood Snow Angels are back in service.  If you need help or would like to join the crew, email Brentwoodcares@brentwoodcommunity.com  or call Cam at 587 432 0013Better yet, choose to clear the sidewalk for a senior or perhaps another neighbour who could use some help.


Brentwood Snow Art – Make Winter Magical (on your Car or Lawn)

Have a winter awe walk  Frequent CBC Health expert Jenn Moss spoke earlier this year about awe walks, a walk where you intentionally shift your attention outward instead of inward. Catch a mother and child playing, a couple holding hands, kids being silly, a beautiful bird at a feeder or a gorgeous mural on a fence or garage door. Take advantage of the Brentwood is Beautiful map to plan your awe walks.


Winter solstice and Christmas are coming, days will soon be starting to get longer. Thanks so much to all the help people have given in 2021. If you need help this winter, please reach out.  All the best for Christmas, the holidays and 2022, Bonita McCurryPresident Brentwood Community Association

Brentwood Community Association