You can get involved and make a positive difference in your community by volunteering with United Way. United Way works with more than 50 social services partners throughout the Alberta Capital Region who offer support to our most vulnerable citizens. All of our funded agencies benefit from the help of caring community members like you.
My experience as a United Way volunteer has always been rewarding. I’ve helped sort and pack backpacks for children in need of school supplies, I’ve helped collect coats for the Coats for Kids & Families initiative, I’ve packed care kits for Homeless Connect and I’ve sorted food at the Food Bank. I’ve also had the opportunity to volunteer at several poverty simulations (experiencing life in poverty), which I recommend for anyone – It’s an eye-opening experience. Each opportunity teaches me more about the needs of the community and I feel grateful that I can help. Even a small bit of time can make a big difference to anyone who might be in need of some extra support.
Where you help depends on your interests, volunteering goals and your desire to help in the areas of education, income or wellness. United Way needs volunteers in all areas on a regular basis. A Day of Caring is an opportunity for individuals to volunteer in their community. The Community Engagement staff will work to connect you and/or your organization with activities that appeal to the interests of your group, based on the needs of the agencies.
Judy Batty, Volunteer Coordinator, organizes Days of Caring and can assist you with your choices. Please contact her at (780) 990-1000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way Days of Caring
Opportunities that are available on a regular basis are listed below:
Bissell Centre - Orientation, serving a mid-morning meal to clients, clean up. (6 people) Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday
Boys and Girls Club of Fort Saskatchewan - Breakfast program - help prepare and serve breakfast to the kids before they go to school. Afternoon mentoring program. (2 to 4 people) Time: 6:00 a.m.- 8:30a.m. or 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club West Edmonton - Hot lunch Program - Prepare lunch (menu and food supplied by the club), walk to elementary school to pick up children, help serve lunch and supervise clean up (2 to 5 people) Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m. Thursdays only
Care Kits - Help pack kits that are handed out at Homeless Connect. Kits contain, socks, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, etc. ( August 15, 2016) Time: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (April 26th - May 9th)
Coats for Kids & Families - Sorting donations. Helping on retail floor. (10 to 15 people) Time: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Oct. until Dec.)
Edmonton's Food Bank - Sorting, re-packaging and assembling food hampers. (1 to 8 people) Time: Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to Noon and/or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Goodwill Industries of Alberta - Sorting donations. Helping on retail floor. (6 to 8 people) Time: Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kids Kits - The kits are handed out at Parent Link Centers and Home visitations to families that have been identified by agencies throughout the province. They are from birth right up to five years old. (8 to 10 people) Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (March 1 - 24th)
Operation Friendship Seniors Society - Orientation, light food preparation and serving lunch to inner city seniors. (10 to 15 people) Time: Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Operation Friendship Seniors Society - Spend the afternoon engaging seniors in activities, which include cards or board games. (up to 8 people) Time: Monday to Friday 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sherwood Elementary School - Breakfast Program – Breakfast program - help teachers serve breakfast to elementary students. (up to 8 people) Time: Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Sherwood Elementary School - WEE READ Program - Spend 30 minutes a week reading to two kindergarten students. This is an eight week commitment . You will be required to complete a 45 minute orientation session. Time: Monday to Friday 8:25 a.m. - 3:18 p.m. Shift is only 30 minutes long
Tools for School - "Tools for School" program - assembling backpacks full of school supplies for students in need. (8 to 20 people) Time: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (June until September)
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region - Poverty Simulations – participate in a role of a person experiencing poverty. (1 to 80 people) Time: 3 hour time commitment. Dates posted on myunitedway.ca
To schedule a Day of Caring, please contact Judy Batty at (780) 990-1000 or email: email@example.com