December is the month of holiday giving. Give of your time and volunteer in your community. 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 call and discuss other opportunities, call 780-459-6666 or visit the website www.govolunteer.ca
Help prepare hampers at our local food bank and help those in need. If you are personable, enjoy working with others and are able to lift up to 35 lbs., this may be the right fit for you. Three-hour shifts are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, as well as Wednesday mornings.
Care for a mom and her babies and help give a service dog their start in life. Witness puppies being born and watch them grow until they open their eyes, take their first steps and begin to discover a new world. Food and equipment will be provided; just your time is needed. This is a great opportunity for retirees or people with a few months off work; most important is a quiet home where someone is home all the time. Commitment is roughly 10 weeks; training is provided as well as follow-up support through the entire 10 weeks.
Are you proficient and creative in web development? Help this organization with this short-term project that will be focused on ways to make their website more accessible to the community and to donors through social media integration, a news page, more links, photos, etc. By giving a few hours a week, you will take over regular updates, as well as build a couple of landing pages and do some reformatting of the website to meet this group’s changing needs. Hours are flexible and work can be done from home or at their office.
Gallery guide and interpreter
Make science sizzle and help others discover the world and beyond as you help guide visitors through interactive learning opportunities within dynamic exhibit galleries. This is a great opportunity to share your love of science and/or technology with others! Themed exhibit galleries include: forensics, health, space, environment, and Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archaeology. All you need is an engaging personality, good communication skills and be at least 15 years of age.
Special events assistant
Help this organization provide support to children and remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. Assist with various events in the community that raise awareness and help fundraise to support the children. You will do your part to ensure that no child is left on the sidelines and that all are given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.
Be a reading buddy to a child in Grade 2 who needs a little extra help and encouragement in his or her reading. Mentor the joy of reading through various literacy related games and activities, as well as reading together. Program runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 25, 2015. Program will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., looking for teen buddies between the ages of 14 and 17, and Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., looking for either teen or adult buddies.
Quilters and knitters
Do you have a passion or talent for quilting, knitting or crocheting? Create quilts for families who have left abusive relationships, and help to provide some tender, loving care that is much needed. Also needed are knitted or crocheted toques, gloves, scarves, blankets and other items, that are given to clients in need at community organizations. This work can be done at your own pace and in your home or with a group.