Got a bit of cabin fever that comes with our Alberta winters? Getting out to volunteer with others is a great way to cope with that. The St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre has many volunteer opportunities to choose from and can help find the right fit for you, even if you are not sure of what that might be. For information on any of the following volunteer opportunities, or to discuss other opportunities, call 780-459-6666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.govolunteer.ca/centres/st-albert
St. Albert Road Race
Get involved and assist with this annual St. Albert event, Sunday, April 23. Assistance is needed on the race day with course marshalling, flagging, water aid stations, race setup, tear-down and clean-up. Come out and enjoy the outdoors, and lend a helping hand at the same time. Proceeds to benefit You Can Ride 2.
Assist at this Edmonton multi-disciplinary arts festival that features women while empowering, celebrating, developing, supporting and showcasing them in theatre and other art forms. The festival creates a platform for women writing, directing, designing, choreographing, painting and putting music to their own stories. Assistance required in the box office, concession and bar, and ushering guests. Festival takes place in the heart of Alberta Avenue, March 9 to 12.
Are you a compassionate person and enjoy working with seniors? Volunteers are needed in a local seniors’ nursing home, to assist residents with meals. Mealtime companions are needed for all meals and any day of the week.
Would you like to share your musical talent? If you play the guitar, violin, flute, piano or another instrument you could provide soothing music that contributes to a warm and relaxing environment for residents and families in long-term care and hospice. Shifts are flexible. Minimum age is 18.
Are you looking for experience with office administration? The CNIB is looking for someone to assist with reception duties like welcoming people coming into the office and answering incoming calls. This is a weekly, long-term opportunity. Minimum age is 18.
Assistant summer camp leader
As an assistant camp leader in the science, robotics and/or computer camps, you will mentor youth up to 14 years of age, as you assist instructors and provide support to participants by encouraging learning through a variety of activities. These are hands-on, interactive and fun camps for both participants and volunteers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of three camps
Mentor for youth
Mentoring really makes a big difference in the life of a child. Reach out and connect with a St. Albert youth, be their friend and positive role model. As a mentor, you will spend quality time with your young sidekick, in activities of mutual interest, on a weekly basis. Volunteer to fill this very worthwhile and rewarding role as an individual, as a couple or as a family.
Horse handler/horse side walker
Are you comfortable around horses and are you interested in helping people with disabilities to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of recreational horseback riding? The horse handler will lead the horse with rider; the side walker will walk alongside the horse and lend physical and/or emotional support to the rider during the lesson. You can also help, before and after class, grooming and tacking horses but are not required to do this. Spring session runs March 26 to June 18 and classes are one-hour long; many days and times to choose from. Experience with horses or people with disabilities not required. Minimum age is 14.