Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, is the opening day of the giving season and a day to inspire us all to give back to our community. How would you like to volunteer and give back to your community? The St. Albert Community Information and 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 St. Albert CIVC at 780-459-6666 or visit the website www.govolunteer.ca
Christmas hamper preparation
Assist this local St. Albert organization with sorting food and toys and putting together Christmas hampers for those in need. Work will involve lifting lighter objects, sorting, packing, and lots of smiling, as you help this wonderful cause! Many shifts to choose from – unloading of the Fill A Buses happens Dec. 5, organizing and sorting of donations takes place Dec. 1 to 4 and Dec. 8 to 12, and then delivery of hampers takes place Dec. 13 and 14.
MOMentum group mentor
Do you have a genuine fondness of and ability to relate well to children? Are you mature, patient and can show discretion and tolerance of alternative family lifestyles? Be a part of this program that provides connections, information and mentoring opportunities to both moms and the youth involved. As a mentor, be a role model and friend to a group of children as you engage and interact with the youth during planned group activities. Minimum age is 16. Sessions are for three Monday evenings, starting in January, 2016, with multiple sessions throughout 2016.
Jingle, jingle, jingle! In this season of giving, volunteer to support this organization that helps so many in need all year. Help to accept donations at various locations, assistance needed mid-November until Dec. 24. Shifts are two or three hours each with a variety of shifts and days to choose from. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years of age, under 16 can volunteer if with an adult. You can choose your location from throughout St. Albert, Sherwood Park or Edmonton.
Corner store assistant
Can you provide friendly customer service? Give some of your time and assist at this gem of a gift shop at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. You will help patients with their purchases, restock shelves when needed and work the cash register. Choose from three shifts: morning, afternoon or evening. Training and orientation of the hospital will be provided.
Help collect data on Edmonton's homeless and play a role in ending homelessness. You will partner with a team leader to screen individuals who are experiencing homelessness. If you are not comfortable being in the community, there is a chance to enter data during this shift. There is a mandatory training and orientation session that will occur before registration happens. Registration events are on Dec. 2 and 9, in the afternoon.
Are you enthusiastic, energetic and enjoy the ballet? Help at The Sugar Plum Fairy Party at the Edmonton performances of the Nutcracker ballet at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Assist patrons at various fun and interactive stations. The event runs Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 10 to 13; evening performances every day as well as matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Are you patient and understanding and do you enjoy making crafts as well as teaching it to others? Once a week you'll be leading and demonstrating how to make a craft to seniors who demonstrate a variety of skill levels; some of the residents have dementia. This opportunity is at an assisted living facility in Villeneuve, approximately 10 minutes from St. Albert.
50/50 ticket sales
Help KARA Family Resource Centre to raise funds for their much needed programs by assisting to sell 50/50 tickets at an Edmonton Oilers/Winnipeg Jets game on Monday, Dec. 21, at Rexall Place. Must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteer as an individual, a couple or a group, as many volunteers are needed.