For the week of Dec. 8 to 15, 2017

There’s no place like home for the holidays! St. Albert is a wonderful place to call home for many reasons, including our wonderful volunteers! The St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre has many volunteer opportunities to choose from and can help find the right fit for you.

Christmas hampers
Assist the St. Albert Kinettes 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! Volunteers are needed to help with several positions such as: organizing and sorting of donations, and the delivery of hampers. Drivers needed to help deliver the hampers.

Reading buddies
Be a reading buddy to a child in grades 2 to 6 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 Feb. 6 to March 14, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays 4 to 5 p.m., looking for teen buddies between the ages of 14 and 17, and Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. looking for either teen or adult buddies.

Soup and Bannock Day
Interested in working with seniors? The Edmonton Aboriginal Senior Centre is seeking volunteers to assist with a weekly soup and bannock day. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, serving, selling raffle tickets, and general cleaning. Soup and bannock day is Wednesday and the shifts occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski event
Enjoy the outdoors and cross-country skiing? Assist at this major event in several different areas including overseeing patrollers and course officials for the long and short cross-country ski events, helping with logistics and dispersing/returning of equipment, and assisting with transportation, planning and directing shuttles and deliveries and overseeing parking for the event. Event takes place Feb. 9 to 11 at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, east of Sherwood Park, as well as in Edmonton on the Sunday.

Home for the Holidays

Help the Habitat for Humanity by volunteering to complete 15 homes so that families in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan can be Home for the Holidays! Your help is needed for one or more days from December 5 to 16. They welcome individuals and groups of all skill levels. They provide safety equipment and training, tools, orientation, and lunch! Minimum age is 18.

Arden Theatre usher
“All the world’s a stage.” Do you love theatre, live music, and dance? Support the arts in St. Albert by being an usher at the Arden Theatre. Duties include greeting patrons, ticket-taking, and assisting people into the theatre. Shifts are available daytime, evenings, and weekends. Minimum age is 16. Commitment is two to three shifts per month. Next orientation date is January 9.

Information referral receptionist

Would you like to get out for four hours a week and be a part of the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre? Be part of a reception team that answers phone calls, provides information to clients and works on the computer seeking information as well as updating databases. The half-day shift currently available is Thursday afternoons.

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/