Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and Area

we serve these populations

  • aging population
  • children and youth
  • homelessness
  • immigrant newcomers

we need help with:

  • food security
  • mental health
  • transportation

3 Staff.        300+ Volunteers.         Serving the vulnerable in Cochrane and Western Rocky View. 

We link people who help with people who need help. Our volunteers fill unmet human needs and strengthen community.

The Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and Area is a volunteer linking organization and registered charity in Cochrane, Alberta. We work in partnership with our local Family and Community Support Services, Family Resource Network, and many other local social service providers in Cochrane and Area to ensure that no community member falls through the cracks.

Our clients are often low income seniors, community members living with disabilities, chronically ill residents, single parents, or newcomers; however, our programs are barrier-free and open to anyone lacking a natural support network or the financial resources to help themselves.

Our volunteers generously give of their time to help with rides to medical appointments, collections for food drives, snow removal, lawn care, handyman services, companionship, moving assistance, errands, food rescue, Free Food Shed maintenance and so much more!

We operate two Free Food Sheds in Cochrane, which are stocked daily with quality recovered food that has been diverted from the landfill. These Free Food Sheds work hard to meet the daily needs of our neighbors facing food insecurity, and give our community members a simple and ongoing way to support each other. The Free Food Sheds are a terrific example of ‘mutual aid’ rather than charity, where we can build each other up, and provide support to anyone, regardless of circumstances.

In one year alone, we rescued and distributed over 50,000 kg of food into the hands of hungry community members.

Please reach out to learn more about our grassroots, high impact organization; building a resilient community through social equity and volunteer empowerment.

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Contact Info

Laura McDonald

Executive Director



More Info

Charity Number: ##81689 3564 RR0001

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