General Interests

_All things Volunteer Airdrie

A city where volunteering and community involvement are a chosen way of life.

Why is this important?

By contributing time, energy, and skills to their community, people gain a greater sense of belonging and connection. They are more likely to care for their environments and the people around them; imagine less graffiti, more local shopping, less crime, more block parties, and increasing community pride. This is especially important in a rapidly growing city like Airdrie, where we are seeing the strains of growth and below-average levels of community volunteerism.

The research shows that volunteers are more likely to lead connected lives, improving their personal well-being and sense of meaning. As a result, we see less social isolation which is often linked to stress and to poor health – this will reduce health care costs. Imagine the improved impact for social benefit organizations, whose strong volunteer base makes them more able to deliver on their mandates! We are working towards an inclusive and neighbourly Airdrie that is well-known for its caring citizens who make a difference wherever they can.

 

Activity Shifts Start End
Volunteer Airdrie: Calling youth and seniors to our Canada Day Parade 1 7/1/2017 7/1/2017
Volunteer Airdrie: Double your impact with our Bottle Drive 148 7/1/2017 4/25/2020
Volunteer Airdrie: Drivers for our Bottle Drive 143 7/1/2017 3/21/2020
Volunteer Airdrie: Fundraising Director 1
Volunteer Airdrie: Vice Chair 1

Administrative/Office Work

Many organizations require volunteers for office administration assistance such as reception duties, typing and research. Organizations often seek volunteers to help out at busy times with publicity campaigns or fundraising drives. Potential activities can include reception and administrative work, computing, managing a committee, and much more. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Education Ambassador Assistant 0
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Office Assistant 0

Animals and the Environment


Do you love the outdoors? Are you passionate about a the environment? We may not always have the weather – but that doesn’t hold back thousands of volunteers from volunteering throughout the year! Activities include beautification, public engagement and teaching. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife Centre Volunteer 0
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife Rescue Driver 1
Meow Foundation: Adoption Centre Cleaners/Cat Care 0
Meow Foundation: Foster Home for Mother Cats and Kittens or a Special Needs Cat 0
Wildrose Humane Society: Event Volunteer 0

Arts and Culture

There are lots of amazing ways to volunteer in the arts. You can volunteer by teaching, coaching, set design and assisting with a variety of arts and crafts from fine art to card making. If you’re musical, you can volunteer as a musician at a local nursing home or community centre. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to be artistic to volunteer in the arts – why not help out behind the scenes with a local theatre group or promote an arts project in your area.

Activity Shifts Start End
Iron Horse Park: Volunteer 1
Nose Creek Valley Museum: Museum Docent 0

Befriending/Mentoring

Befriending

Befriending/mentoring can offer volunteers the opportunity to provide support and friendship to a person who may be going through a difficult period, is feeling lonely, or is adjusting to a major change in their life. Potential activities can include meeting with a client to go shopping or visiting a client who might be isolated in their community to have a chat over a cup of coffee.

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Abilities Centre Society: Special Needs Recreational Session Helpers 0
Airdrie Boys and Girls Club: Volunteer Mentor for Youth 0
Bethany Care Centre: Mealtime Companions 0
Bethany Care Centre: Recreation Assistant 0
Cedarwood Station: Retirement Residence Volunteer 0
Community Links: Child Care 0
Goodlife Fitness: Childminding 0

Board Service and Committees

Looking to develop or actively demonstrating your leadership skills (board service looks great on a resume or CV!) Getting a behind-the-scenes look at internal organizational systems such as nonprofit management, human resources, fundraising and resource development, and volunteer resource management.

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Compassionate Care Fund Member 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Education Committee Member 0
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Events Committee Members 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Finance Committee Member 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Governance and Nominations Committee Members 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Grief and Bereavement Committee Member 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Hike for Hospice Committee Member 1
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Social Media Committee Member 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Cleaning Committee Member 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Construction Committee Member 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Education Program Presenter 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Education Program Promoter 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Fundraising Volunteer 1
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation: Supply Pick-up Committee Member 1
Canadian Parents for French: Board Director 1
Habitat for Humanity: Fund Development Sub Committee Volunteer 1
Habitat for Humanity: Public Relations Chair 1
Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer Recruitment Chair 1
Meals on Wheel: Secretary 1
Meals on Wheels: Board of Directors Vice President 1
Meow Foundation Board Member 1
Meow Foundation: Capital Campaign Committee Members 1
MS Society of Canada: Event Organization Committee Member 0

Community Support

 

Are you passionate about making our community a better place for all of us to live in? These opportunities are focused on exactly that! 

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Hospice: Hiking for Hospice 1
Baptist Church: Drivers 1
Bethany Care Centre: Piano Players for Worship Service 1
Canadian Cancer Society: Daffodil Month 1
CCIS: Rocky View Immigrant Services 0
Citizens on Patrol: Volunteer 1
Community Links: Basic Needs Donation Program 1
Community Links: Delivery Volunteer 1
Community Links: Flyer Delivery Volunteer 1
Community Links: Snow Angels 1
Community Links: Toy Washing Volunteering 1
Community Links: Treasure Vault 1
Community Links: Volunteer Drivers 0
Food Bank: Adults helping to feed our Community 1
Food Bank: Youth helping feed our Community 1
Good Food Box: Volunteer Coordinator 1
Habitat for Humanity: Construction Volunteer 1
MADD: Join us to save lives and support victims of impaired driving 1
Make a Wish: Wish Granter 1
Meals on Wheels: Delivering meals and smiles to our community 0
MS Society of Canada: Event Day Volunteer 1
MS Society of Canada: Knowledge Philanthropy 1
MS Society of Canada: Marketing & Communications 0
MS Society of Canada: Programs and Services 1

Counselling/Listening

Counselling/listening volunteers can provide practical and emotional support to others who are enduring a difficult time or recovering from a traumatic experience. There are lots of ways to volunteer and help, from counselling those suffering from depression to lending an ear to someone in any type of emotional distress. Volunteering roles are available for both qualified counselors any anyone interested in providing support.

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie and District Hospice Society: Outreach Coordination Member 1
Airdrie Hospice: Spiritual Advisor 1
Airdrie Victim Services: Evening & On-Call Crisis Volunteers 1
Elizabeth Fry Society: Advocate 0

Events and Stewarding

Events and stewarding volunteers are often the face of festivals, events and community gatherings, provide a warm welcome to event attendees helping to ensure events run smoothly and safely. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Festival of Lights Society: Event Volunteer 1
Airdrie Parade & Fireworks: Fireworks Volunteer 0
Airdrie Parade and Fireworks: Barricade Volunteer 0
Airdrie Parade and Fireworks: Parking Volunteer 1
Airdrie Parades and Fireworks: Parade Staging 1
Airdrie Rodeo: Event Volunteer 1
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Airdrie Casino Volunteers 1
Johnson MS Bike Tour: Route Cheerleaders 1
Quinn's Legacy Run Society: Event Volunteers 1

Sports/Outdoor Activities/Coaching

Do you love the outdoors? Are you passionate about a sport? We may not always have the weather – but that doesn’t hold back thousands of volunteers from volunteering throughout the year! There are lots of fantastic opportunities to volunteer and supervise and/or coach participants in a host of sporting/outdoor activities. Activities often include coaching, facilitating, and enjoying everything from abseiling to athletics. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Minor Basketball: Association Member 0
Iron Horse Park: Conductors 1
Iron Horse Park: Weeding 1

Teaching/Tutoring/Supporting Learning

Volunteering opportunities in teaching are available across all age groups and an assortment of organizations and causes.   Potential volunteering activities include literacy tutoring, leaving certificate student support, and many others.

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Public Library: Advocates 0
Cerebral Palsy Association in AB: Art Teacher for the Disabled 1
Rocky View Schools: Help with Literacy 0

Youth Engagement

Are you passionate about enabling young people to find their voice and develop? Volunteering opportunities in youth work include a wide range of activities concerned with supporting children and young people. A few examples of volunteering activities in this area include: supervising young people, becoming a leader in a youth club, facilitating art workshops, being a positive role model for a young person, and many more!

Activity Shifts Start End
Airdrie Block Parent: Volunteer from home 0
Airdrie Boys and Girls Club: Volunteers for Children’s Programs 0
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Youth Mentor 0

To empower Airdrie residents to invest in themselves and their community through volunteerism.

To empower Airdrie residents to invest in themselves and their community through volunteerism.