For the week of Aug. 17 to 24, 2018

Don’t let those “back to school” sales fool you, there is still plenty of summer left. Why not spend some of that time volunteering? The St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre has many volunteer opportunities to choose from and can help find the right fit for you.

Distress line volunteer
Are you a good listener and want to help people? The Canadian Mental Health Association is looking for volunteers to provide confidential, non-directive supportive listening, and act as the first line of contact to those in need. Training is provided.

Resume and job application navigator

The Edmonton Public Library is looking for volunteers to support job-seeking customers who would like assistance with their resumes, cover letters and/or job applications. With your specialized knowledge and experience, you will provide one-on-one support to job-seeking customers trying to find work. Training sessions are in October.

Minds in Motion assistant
Minds in Motion is a gentle fitness program followed by socializing and activities designed to stimulate thinking, play, laughter, and conversation for those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Society is looking for volunteers to provide assistance to participants and to help with set-up. This program takes place in St. Albert at Servus Place on Thursdays.

Mentor for youth

Reach out and connect with a St. Albert youth, be their friend and positive role model. As a mentor, you will spend quality time with your young sidekick in activities of mutual interest on a weekly basis. Volunteer to fill this very worthwhile and rewarding role as an individual, a couple, or as a family.

Café volunteer
St. Albert Amplify Festival is looking for volunteers to sell pop, chips and any other edibles they make available. From a chill acoustic vibe during the day to a loud rock concert vibe at night, this is a great way to experience the festival, while helping out! Volunteers must be comfortable handling cash and encouraging festival-goers to donate. Volunteers must be between the ages of 14 and 21. Festival takes place Oct. 12 and 13.

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 during the first week in September.

Food trucks
They’re back! The food trucks return to St. Albert Grain Elevator Park to serve up delicious food on Friday, Aug. 31. Your help is needed to keep the event looking clean by monitoring the garbage and recycling bins. This event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Shifts are only two hours, and volunteers get a food voucher to try some goodies from the food trucks!

Friendly visitor

Do you have some time to spend with someone who would really appreciate a visit? You are needed to provide informal support for persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS) that reside within long term care facilities in St. Albert. Visits could include playing cards or games, reading to them, discussing current events, helping them complete projects or just visiting. MS residents in long term care tend to feel isolated and lonely because of decreased socialization and would greatly benefit from regular visits by a “friend.” Minimum age is 18. A minimum of two visits per month are required.

For information on any of the volunteer opportunities listed above, or to discuss other opportunities, call 780-459-6666, email volunteer@stalbertcivc.com or visit our website www.stalbertcivc.com/volunteer-opportunities