New app to help connect Calgarians with volunteer opportunities

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“I was so inspired by what was happening in other cities and Calgary is kind of in its growth phase, so I figured I want to be a part of that story of making Calgary an attractive place to live for everybody … I really wanted to get to know my city better, and the best way I thought that I could do that was through volunteering,” Lam said.Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Calgary SUN, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.

“I really wanted them to spend less time doing research and more time out there volunteering,” Lam said.“The initial idea was Tinder for volunteering, making it super simple for people to swipe through and find volunteer opportunities … It’s all about building community. Volly is not only a technical resource, but it’s also a way for the community to gather in terms of how to make our cities better and a funner place to live for everybody.

The app will also have a points collection system based on volunteer participation, as well as learning modules on civic, financial and health-care literacy, making it “a bit like a citizens school,” Lam said.

 

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