With the recent devastating fires in Alberta, the value and importance of volunteers in our society has become extremely evident. Sharing your time, passion and energy with an organization can make all the difference. 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
Fort McMurray evacuee relief services
The need for volunteers continues, and will continue for weeks to come. The emergency relief efforts in Edmonton still need volunteers to help support the people evacuated from the Fort McMurray wildfire. Assist sorting donated items, or in the evacuation centres. Many shifts to choose from.
2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships
This is your chance to be a part of a national gymnastics event where many athletes will be crowned as the best in the nation as well as a final stop for many of the athletes on their way to the Rio Olympics. No previous knowledge of gymnastics is required, all you need is a willingness to help. This event takes place at the University of Alberta – Butterdome from June 1 to 4. A variety of shifts are available. Minimum age is 16.
U16A Western Canadian Softball Championships
Do you love fastball? Volunteer to help with scorekeeping in this tournament taking place July 29 to Aug. 1 in St. Albert. A general understanding of softball or baseball is required. Sign up for a couple of hours or all weekend. Minimum age is 14.
Special volunteers required. Your help is needed to support families following a pregnancy loss by assisting the nursing staff to create bereavement moulds, which are given to the parents as a special keepsake. High attention to confidentiality as well as being sensitive to bereavement and loss is essential. Times are flexible as you would be an “on-call” volunteer for this special role.
Assistant observatory attendant
Do you have a passion for astronomy? The TELUS World of Science is looking for observatory attendants to supervise the set-up and use of telescopes during public observing sessions and share relevant information to lead visitors on an astronomical adventure. Knowledge of astronomy and the constellations is required, as well as prior telescope experience and strong communication skills. Shifts are daily from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Minimum age is 15.
Help this busy humanitarian organization with their client services in their Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP). You will work as a front line contact for public inquiries and provide support to program staff. You will also work with clients and health-care professionals to fulfil equipment requests, maintain paper and/or computer records regarding loans and returns, receive records and secure financial donations. Shifts are available Monday to Friday, between 8:30 and 4:30. Minimum age is 18.
Do you have a passion for books and reading? This Edmonton seniors facility needs a volunteer to organize their library, catalogue the books and start a lending system. Duties would also include assisting residents in selecting books, reading to those who are visually impaired and socializing. Shifts are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the facility is located only 10 minutes from St. Albert.