Community Volunteer

 

Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010

Volunteers build resilient communities.

Did you know that more than half of Canada’s 161,000 non-profit and charitable organizations have no paid staff and rely solely on volunteers. 13.3 million Volunteers contribute 2.1 billion hours annually.

Imagine what your community would look like if all that went away?

Benefits of volunteering help improve quality of life for others. They also gain valuable experience and develop new skills. As well, studies show that involved Canadians enjoy an improved overall health.

United Way of South Eastern Alberta has recognized a gap in services for our area.  Since the closure of our Volunteer and Community Information Center on S. Railway in 2012, there are no resources for our local non-profits to request volunteers.  Also, there is no place for volunteers to go and learn of opportunities. NOW THERE IS!!

United Way has developed this database for you to use.  Whether you’re looking to volunteer, in need of volunteers or would like to get our companies employees involved in a team building volunteer opportunity, now you have a resource.

Who can volunteer? 

Anyone! Individuals, families and groups (such as church groups, youth, corporate teams, sports clubs, and retirement clubs) are all welcome!

Please note there are some age restrictions for children who must be at least 12 years old to volunteer in the warehouse and require accompanying adult supervision up to age 15. Minimum age for volunteering at special events is 8 years old with an adult.

What could I be doing? 

Volunteers perform a variety of tasks such as:

  • Receiving and recording donations
  • Welcoming participants at an event.
  • Sorting Schools supplies for our Tools For School Program
  • Administrative duties
  • Driving throughout the community collecting donations
  • Accepting donations at various special events throughout the city.

What are special events?

Special events are a fun way to volunteer for the fundraising or an awareness raising event in your own community! The positions are flexible enough to fit in with the rest of the activities in your life and allow for younger family members and groups to participate. Opportunities range from collecting funds at events such as the BBQ’s, gift wrapping presents during the holiday season at Christmas Gift Wrap Booth, assisting with our annual fundraising campaign, assisting with planning our CFL Alumni Golf Tournament or serving on committees! There are many, many more opportunities throughout the community with one of our Non Profit Groups who are in good standing within the United Way parameters.

When can I volunteer? 

You can volunteer as much as you would like! We have a number of options whether you can manage a few hours one day per month or would like a regularly scheduled weekly shift in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. If weekends are your preference, perhaps a special event!

Complete an Online Registration Form and get involved! Click here

Different ways to sign up as a volunteer: 

Corporate Teams:  Our Day of Caring® consists of corporate volunteer opportunities and are a great way for you and your co-workers to team up and get involved in our community. These opportunities boost morale, promote team-building and promote your company’s visibility in the community. They also actively involve you in improving the community through direct assistance to a local organizations through the United Way .Opportunities might include painting, sponsoring, preparing and serving meals, special event assistance, donation sorting, outdoor gardening or landscaping, or activities with youth.

Volunteer as an Individual:  Non-profit and voluntary organizations, individuals, and society as a whole benefit from the activities of volunteers. Volunteers themselves also benefit from their volunteer activities, according to the 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP).

Qualifications

You are:

  • A team player
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work with a variety of people in a diverse community
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Reliable
  • Creative
  • Community-minded

Opportunities might include:

  • Painting
  • Sponsoring, preparing and serving meals
  • Special event assistance
  • Donation sorting
  • Outdoor gardening or landscaping
  • Activities with youth

How much time does it take?

  • There is flexibility, but generally a minimum of 2 hours, up to 8 hours, depending on the project.
  • Some projects may span multiple days, depending on their complexity.

How many people can participate?

  • Can accommodate 2 to 20 volunteers.
  • Occasionally, opportunities for 30-50 volunteers become available.

Do we need to leave the office?

Yes. Most are offsite, at community organization facilities or sites

How far in advance can we book this activity?

  • 2 – 4 weeks of planning.
  • Larger, more complex projects (such as painting or construction projects) may require more time to plan.

What interests your organization?

Other important information about Corporate Volunteering:

  • Projects are available on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Our Day of Caring® program is especially busy during United Way’s Campaign season (September – December) and we may not be able to match all teams with a Day of Caring® project.
  • Organizations can participate in Day of Caring® opportunities year round.

For opportunities and questions, please contact us at 403-526-5544 or email our Day of Caring Team.