Have you made your New Year’s resolution for 2016? Consider making this the year that you give back to our great community and VOLUNTEER! The St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre has many volunteer opportunities for you 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 call and discuss other opportunities, call St. Albert CIVC at 780-459-6666 or visit the website www.govolunteer.ca
Family Day celebrations
Help celebrate families and community as you assist with an afternoon of fun and outdoor activities at the St. Albert Fire & Ice Festival event with the St. Albert Fire Department at Lacombe Lake Park. You can assist with activities including skating, curling, an obstacle course, helping with refreshments, or set up/take down. The event takes place on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., shifts are one hour each. Volunteer as an individual, a couple or as a family; minimum age is 14 years.
Are you a young person, between the ages of 15 and 21 years of age, with a respect for diversity and an interest in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder? As a peer mentor, you will provide peer support to individuals of similar age, with a focus on vocational training and exploring vocational options. The group meets every Thursday, early evening, for 13 weeks; two sessions to choose from: Jan. 7 to March 31 or April 7 to June 30. You will need to be able to go to different locations throughout Edmonton each week as the group meets weekly at various locations.
Canadian Birkebeiner ski event
Enjoy the outdoors and interested in cross country skiing? Assist at this major event in several different areas including overseeing patrollers and course officials for the long and short cross-country ski events, helping with logistics and dispersing/returning of equipment, and assisting with transportation, planning and directing shuttles and deliveries and overseeing parking for the event. Event takes place Feb. 12 and 13 at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, east of Sherwood Park, but assistance needed in the days/months leading up to the event as well.
Are you a junior high or high school student who values volunteering and wants to inspire the new generation? Work with other youth volunteers in this program, Stand Out And Represent, a youth driven program that promotes volunteerism among youth in the community. Give classroom presentations that promote youth volunteerism and help to expose youth to meaningful volunteer positions. If you have a passion for volunteering, work well as part of a team and like to have fun, check out this opportunity.
Therapy dog team
A visit from you and your dog could make a world of difference to someone. Help residents find peace in the gentle contact with your dog and in its quiet presence. You will lift their spirits, help them become more active, and improve their quality of life. After successfully completing a 12-step evaluation, you and your dog will be matched and assigned to a care facility. Next scheduled evaluation takes place Jan. 20, with others happening throughout 2016.
Amplify Festival advisory committee
Do you have a passion for the arts, event planning or supporting youth? Be a part of this youth advisory committee and help to guide, organize and realize the vision set for this local St. Albert festival. Assist in areas of marketing, event planning, volunteer relations, production and more for the 2016 festival. As part of this committee, you'll guide, organize and realize the vision set for the festival. Meetings are twice a month at St. Albert Place, and the festival is at the Enjoy Centre in October. You must be between the ages of 13 and 21 years old, and be available to attend the entire Amplify weekend.