Volunteer Week April 18 – 24

Westerner Park Volunteers

Help us to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24 by recognizing these wonderful volunteers and their contributions to communities at large. Many nonprofit businesses rely on volunteers to assist in operations and keep things running smoothly and there are plenty of ways your time can help.

Volunteer Canada’s motto for National Volunteer Week 2021is “The Value of One, The Power of Many”, so much can be accomplished when banding together to work towards a common purpose.

Join us as we acknowledge volunteers across the country and right here in Red Deer’s backyard along with the organizations and causes worthy of this gifted time. Make a difference in your community and the lives of others, here is a list to get you started and on your volunteer journey.

Westerner Park plays host to numerous functions, from Westerner Days in the summer to The Canadian Finals Rodeo in the fall. These events require a variety of volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly and gives those who attend memorable experiences.

Are you interested in sports and sports history? Then the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame could be a good fit for you! With a variety of volunteer opportunities available such as data entry or special events, you could be helping this organization leave its mark locally and provincially.

The Waskasoo Environmental Education Society is a vital organization to our community and the environment. Several programs and experiences are coordinated by WEES including Green Deer (Red Deer’s City-Wide Cleanup Program). Hands-on activities like building bat houses or nature-inspired crafts, to special events and fundraisers, all of which require assistance from dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Central has compiled a list of several volunteer positions available in and around the community. From Meal Companion at Bethany College Side to being a Companion Animal Foster Parent for Audrey’s League for Wayward Animals Yearning for Safety (A.L.W.A.Y.S) the list goes on.

Places like The Mustard Seed Red Deer are here to help individuals experiencing barriers associated with homelessness and poverty. Whether it is making sandwiches for school lunches or collecting basic necessities, volunteers are crucial in their efforts.

The Golden Circle is dependent upon volunteers to help with providing medical rides, grocery delivery or organizing events (when it is safe to do so). These are just a few ways to help the elderly and those with disabilities, enabling them to keep their independence.

Our communities are comprised of families in one form or another, some would say we are one “big family”. Places like Family Services of Central Alberta and Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta are always on the lookout for volunteers to support operations, programming and events.

Young people are the future and organizations like Youth HQ are always looking for volunteers to help make a difference in young lives. Apply to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, volunteer at their youth shelter, or commit your time toward any of their many programs.

Perhaps you have a soft spot for the furry critters in our lives, then places like Central Alberta Humane Society or Paws & Claws Animal Rescue Foundation would be an ideal place to lend a hand and offer a wide variety of volunteering options.

Wherever you live, whichever community you call home, consider taking the time to find an organization that could greatly benefit from offering your gift of time. To all volunteers, thank you for your generosity and kindness toward those in Red Deer’s backyard, and beyond.

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