They say that Alberta has two seasons; winter and road construction. They forgot about Festival Season! Make the most of your summer by volunteering at one of the many festivals or sporting events. 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/centres/st-albert
Do you have good listening and communication skills; do you possess tact and the ability to assess people? Assist at a local hospital to provide support to the switchboard operator in directing patient flow to the appropriate areas and facilitate line-ups in the admitting area. Various three-hour shifts available on Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoons.
Roots of Empathy family
Will you be between the ages of two and four months of age in October? Start family volunteering early, as you and your parent visit a St. Albert elementary school classroom to help children learn about empathy and getting along with each other. You will assist a trained facilitator who will lead the discussion with the class. This program needs a commitment of a one-hour visit each month from October 2016 to June 2017.
Retreats are a wonderful way to relax and refresh. Help this local retreat centre by greeting guests, checking them in and helping them get settled. If you enjoy working with people, are comfortable with handling money, are able to work independently and are at least 18 years of age, this is a wonderful opportunity.
U16A Western Canadian Softball Championships
Do you love fastball? This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in this St. Albert tournament taking place July 29 to Aug. 1. Have experience with Fastball? Work as a scorekeeper? Just have a love for the game, being outside and being part of something? Help out in registration, at the gate or with grounds maintenance. Familiar with the Gamechanger app? You are also needed. Sign up for a couple of hours or all weekend.
Do you enjoy working with seniors? This is a lovely opportunity to visit residents in this Edmonton seniors facility and help them by cleaning their glasses. Of course, chatting with them and getting to know them is a very appreciated part of this volunteer position. Minimum age is 14.
Ukrainian Day event
Have you visited the Ukrainian Village east of Edmonton? You are needed to help with this busy annual event taking place on Sunday, Aug. 7th. Positions are available as ambassadors, shuttle drivers, site cleanup, food services, event set up and tear down. Experience is an asset but new volunteers are very welcome. Minimum age to volunteer is 16.
Meet a machine
Parkwood Master Builders’ “Meet a Machine” is a fun event where kids can see, sit and climb on all kinds of different equipment. Help the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation with this event that takes place on Sunday, Aug. 28th at Northlands. Minimum age is 18.
St. Albert Food Bank – Food Drive
The first week of September is always a lovely time to get out for a long walk through the neighbourhood. Why not consider delivering bags door to door on behalf of the St. Albert Food Bank on your walk? Bags are available at the end of August to deliver at your leisure between Sept. 2 and 11.