Volunteer and in so doing, enrich your own life and 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.
Life Without Limits Challenge five km walk
Come out and assist at this day of fun, a five km walk at Gold Bar Park in Edmonton, and help to support those with cerebral palsy. Volunteer opportunities include registration, course marshals, event set up, and assistance with food and beverage. All volunteers will receive a free breakfast and barbecue lunch as well. Event takes place on Sept. 21.
Brownie/Girl Guide leaders
Are you a female who enjoys working with girls and youth? Become a leader and help young girls, ages five to 15, achieve greatness. Plan and organize weekly unit meetings that can include games, crafts, singing, field trips and adventures; meetings are held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, at various school and clubhouse locations in St. Albert. Minimum age for junior leaders is 14 years and for leaders is 18 years.
Special Olympics swim coach
Are you patient, friendly, outgoing and have good communication skills? Spend an hour or so, once per week, on Monday evenings helping to provide the sport of leisure swimming to persons with developmental disabilities. You should be comfortable in the water, have the ability to coach and/or swim different strokes, but do not need to be a swim instructor or lifeguard. Program runs September 2014 through May 2015.
Do you have a passion for quilting? Create quilts for families who have left abusive relationships, and help to provide some tender, loving care that is much needed. This can be done at your own pace and in your home or with a quilting group. You can include messages of inspiration for clients on a note card, to give along with your quilt.
Assistant coach sled hockey
Donate some of your time and hockey experience to coach sled hockey to disabled and able-bodied athletes. Hockey experience is desired and a willingness to learn; NCCP-Level 1 is preferred or a willingness to obtain the level, if necessary. Time commitment involves weekly practices on Saturdays as well as league games on Saturdays (at Leduc Recreation Centre); also, team meetings and possible tournaments. Registration and tryouts will take place in September 2014. Minimum age is 20.
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 Sept. 29 to Oct. 29. Program will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., looking for teen buddies between the ages of 14 and 17, and Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., looking for either teen or adult buddies.
Afternoon tea hosts
Do you enjoy interacting with a variety of people, have good organizational and communication skills, and are comfortable in a hospital setting working with patients and their families? Help to serve afternoon tea and provide a social gathering for patients, families and friends. Shifts take place Tuesday afternoons.
Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth – help a team of committed community members present this hard-hitting and informative program to today's youth at the Grade 9 level. The focus is to impart to youth the consequences of making bad choices and to prevent tragedy. Medical background would be an asset but not necessary. Commitment is during the day on Wednesdays, September 2014 to June 2015, beginning Sept. 24.