Clearwater Regional Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

Volunteer opportunities

Clearwater Regional FCSS maintains a database of volunteers and volunteer opportunities. To get involved, please complete a volunteer application form and return it to

What is FCSS?

In brief, Family and Community Support Services...

  •  help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;    
  •  help people to develop an awareness of social needs;    
  •  help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;    
  •  help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them; and   
  •  provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.

Understanding FCSS - Chapter 1
Understanding FCSS - Chapter 2
The FCSS Story

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs are intended to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

The provincial FCSS Program Handbook and Family and Community Support Services Act are available on the Alberta Human Services website.

Funding Documents:

Funding DocumentsOutcomes Measurement DocumentsSample documents
2020 CRFCSS Funding Application (Word)40 Developmental Assets for YouthSample Program Logic Model (ie: Family holiday party)
Sample Budget Spreadsheet (Excel)Outcomes Measures Bank: Children & YouthSample Survey (ie: Family holiday party)
Affordable Housing ApplicationOutcomes Measures Bank: Individuals, Families & CommunitiesSample Tabulated Survey (ie: Family holiday party)

Sample Program Summary Report (ie: Family holiday party)

Eligible programs and services

FCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Services provided under FCSS must be preventative and may include initiatives and programs that:

  • help communities identify their social needs and develop responses
  • promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community
  • inform the public about services
  • support children and their families’ social development
  • help families enrich and strengthen family life and function more effectively in their own environment
  • enhance retired and semi-retired people’s quality of life

Ineligible programs and services

FCSS funding cannot be used for programs and services that:

  • are only focused on an individual’s leisure or recreational needs
  • provide an individual or family with basic living supports such as money, food, clothing or shelter
  • are only focused on rehabilitation
  • duplicate services provided by government or a government agency

The Family and Community Support Services: Program Advice Inventory Listing will assess program and service eligibility.

Block Party Toolkit

Block Parties are an excellent way for neighbours to connect.  When you know your neighbours, you feel a greater connection to your community.  You can exchange skills and resources and it’s a great crime prevention approach. It’s fun and no prior experience is needed in order to host. Download the Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on how to plan a Block Party. 

Temporary Road Closure Permit

Questions or Inquiries?

Please contact:

Andrea Vassallo                                                                             Rebecca Zezula

Clearwater Regional FCSS Manager                                             FCSS Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Box 1509                                                                                           Box 1509

5332-50th Street                                                                             5332-50th Street

Rocky Mountain House, AB                                                           Rocky Mountain House, AB

T4T 1B2                                                                                             T4T 1B2

403-847-5270                                                                                  403-895-2763                             

Your 2019/2020 Clearwater Regional FCSS Board of Directors