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Do You Want to Volunteer?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Here's information on how to use our resources.

Volunteer Nanaimo maintains a data base of current volunteer opportunities for potential volunteers to review. You can view current postings on this website, or you can stop by our office at #3-2350 Labieux Road in Nanaimo, which is downstairs in the Coastal Community Credit Union Building.

If you would like to volunteer, but are unsure about what you would like to do, we suggest you fill out and submit a volunteer application form. You can download this form by clicking here. Please email, mail or bring this completed application form to our office. You can email it to vn.admin@shaw.ca. One of our friendly volunteer advisors will get back to you.

Many volunteer positions, particularly those involving people at risk, or the elderly and children, require an RCMP Criminal Record Check.

Volunteer Nanaimo Opportunities
Revised May 14 2015
New Volunteer Ads and Special Events

KIWANIS VILLAGE
General Store
Socialize with a diverse group of residents and community members while operating our General Store. Morning (9-11AM) and Afternoon (1-3) Shifts available.
Baking Program
Assist residents in reliving the comfort of creating home cooking. The baking program is held the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday monthly from 1:30 – 3 PM
Manicures
No professional experience required- this opportunity allows you to have a pleasant conversation with residents while painting their nails. Dates and times to be determined.
Outings
Give a hand by helping to take residents on breakfast, lunch and dinner outings throughout Nanaimo. Travel is by bus and recreation staff will handle the driving. Outings occur on select Wednesdays and Fridays.

Be a part of a friendly team in a great environment! We are always looking for people to volunteer for visits, pet visits, and for our Music and Memory Program. Please contact Alanna Larson – Volunteer Coordinator at alannalarson@kiwanisvillage.ca or by phone at 250.740.3689

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BC – NANAIMO
Track & Field
Looking for Volunteers to assist us throughout the day with various responsibilities such as raking sand pits, measuring jumps and throws, assisting with athlete’s needs, recording race times, operating the lap counter etc. Event takes place Sunday May 31, 2015.
If interested- please contact Michelle Cruickshank at mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca
Or by phone @ 250.208.5402

VOLUNTEER NANAIMO
Receptionist
We require a receptionist for Monday 12-3, as well as Wednesday and Thursday 9-12 and 12-3 shifts can be discussed but 9-3 shifts are preferred. Answer phones and other general administrative duties. If you are interested please contact Ashley at 250.758.7121

BC BLIND FITNESS PROGRAM
Volunteer Guides
BC Blind Sports is running a 14 week fitness program for blind/sight impaired persons.  This is the fifth time the program has been held and it’s ‘been extremely helpful for all participants.    The program is designed by BCBS and classes are taught by a certified fitness trainer. Classes focus on increasing flexibility, muscle strength and balance. Exercises take place seated on a chair or standing using the chair as a support. The role of the volunteer is to assist participants with proper positioning during class. Some participants will require more help than others depending on remaining sight.  It’s not necessary to be in top physical condition and training is provided. Volunteers are required to become a member of BCBS to qualify as a guide. The yearly membership fee is $5.00.  A criminal record check is required. Re-imbursement of cost by BCBS. This volunteer opportunity takes place Every Wednesday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM.  If anyone would like to find out more information or sign up then please contact Carolyn Gunn 250-716-9053 or email carolyngunn03@shaw.ca.

NANAIMO ART GALLERY
Volunteer Gallery Attendant
Looking for volunteers to work at the front desk of the gallery and gift shop for the Spirit Gum exhibition this summer. Assist with exhibition installation, events, research and administrative tasks, assist visitors with inquiries and provide information about current shows and upcoming openings or events.
May 30- August 8, 2015.
Assistant Pop Up Shop Coordinator
Nanaimo Art Gallery requires a dedicated volunteer to assist with the organization of our 2nd annual Pop Up Shop to be held the first weekend in December in conjunction with Artwalk. The ideal candidate would have a background in business, marketing or event planning. This position involves planning, marketing and set up as well as liaising with artists and crafts persons, volunteers and gallery staff. Must be able to commit 2hours/week from May 30- December 6, 2015. Extra hours may be required in the 2 weeks leading up to the event.

Please fill out a Nanaimo9 Art Gallery Volunteer Application Form, attach your resume and submit to Dawn Marusin at downtown@nanaimogallery.ca

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CATALYST
Day of Learning Coordinator
The Day of Learning brings together organizations who want to become a social enterprise with already operating enterprises and experts in the field. It’s a daylong conference style learning session. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and general information for participants. They will be welcome to attend the sessions free of charge in-between their duties. The event will take place at VIU. 
Please Contact Gillian Tidley at 250.591.8731 or by email at rda@uwcnvi.ca

NANAIMO HERITAGE DAYS
Volunteers required for a variety of positions for the Heritage Days event Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17 2015. Registration, Road Closure monitors, Parade Marshal, site maintenance and information are all positions that need to be filled! Must be friendly, outgoing, and able to lift 20-30 lbs, put barricades together and be able to be on your feet for 2-4 hours.
Please contact Jennifer Hufnagel at 250.802.2854 or by email at jenn@realestatewebmasters.com

FAVOUR VALLEY ACRES
Garden Work
All work needed to maintain planting, weeding and harvest of ¾ acres of gardening. Must have your own transportation (not on a bus route), training and supervision will be provided. Please contact Deborah Vanderwolf at favourvalleyacres@gmail.com or by phone 250.716.1768

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY VISUAL ARTS
Gallery Assistant
4 Volunteers sought to assist with keeping VIU visual arts Gallery open from May 18- Mid July and then again in September. Minimum 5 hours per week.
Please contact Jennifer Pierce by email @ gallery.viu@gmail.com

CRIMSON COAST DANCE SOCIETY
Archiving/Scrapbook Party Volunteers
4-6 Volunteer required to spend 4 hours on a weekday afternoon cutting out newspaper clippings and arranging past media posters into portfolio binders for archives. Refreshments and lunch provided. Please contact Aarame Robillard at 250.716.3230 or by email at dance@crimsoncoast.org

NANAIMO REGION JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY
Youth Mentor/Peer-to-Peer Helper/Parent-to-Peer Helper/Senior Support Worker
Volunteers will attend meetings and community events with participants, attend one on one sessions, meet regularly, provide support and help participants move towards a positive network of social support.
Community Helper
Attend Criminal Justice Forums to represent the community perspective.
Facilitator
Direct the Community Justice Forum and restorative circles, record negotiated contracts, Use facilitations skills while assisting communication during the restorative justice process, Training required and offered by the Society.
Case Coordinator
Coordinate Cases and Volunteers.
Committee Member
Represent, contribute and report on meetings such as Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association, Sex Trade workers, Youth Advocate, etc.
Administrative Coordinator
Basic administrative duties, booking appointments, call participants, filing, etc.
Social Media/Website
Support our online presence including weekly postings regarding trending justice issues.
Event Planner
Spread the word about restorative justice, Coordinate upcoming events, plan Restorative Justice week and fundraising events.
Volunteer Drivers
Assist participants to appointments and special events.
Resource Developer
Research and attend meeting with potential funders, Assist in writing grants.
Practicum Student
Criminology, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Business Administration students to assist with special projects.
MA Student
Thesis or research project.

Storybook Dads Reading Program
The Storybook Dads program provides opportunities for children to connect with their Fathers by receiving a recorded, age-appropriate book. Our volunteer work with the fathers to record the stories onto CD`s. The books and CD`s are then mailed to the children by volunteers.

If you would like to participate in any of the above volunteer positions, please see the website www.johnhowardnanaimo.org under Volunteers for instructions to apply. Criminal Record Check required.

NANAIMO CITIZENS ADVOCACY
Receptionist
Front desk receptionist required for Wednesday at the office on Prideaux.  Good telephone skills, writing and recording skills required.  We are looking for a non-judgmental , people-person.  Please contact Eileen at:  ncaa3@shaw.ca or fax:  250-753-2486

GLOBAL VILLAGE NANAIMO
Customer Service Representative
Short term position, May 6 – 30, for “fair trade month”, Global Village Nanaimo is seeking assistance with customer service, including helping customers and tidying.  Cash experience is optional.  Please contact Joan Hiemstra at:  gvnanaimo@gmail.com

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Survivor Engagement Coordinator
Enhance the Run Day experience specifically for survivors by managing the Survivor Parade, and managing Survivor Tent. 
Teams Fundraising Coordinator
First line of communication to all team captains, knowing that by going the extra mile you demonstrate that you value their time, effort and commitment. You would be the voice to the Team Captains and communicate critical information.
Site Coordinator
Responsible for providing an organized Run site for hundreds of people in your community.  Must be detail oriented, work with excel spreadsheets and track record of project management.

Communications Coordinator
Help increase awareness of CIBC Run for the Cure to drive participation, fundraising and volunteering.  Expertise in media relations, creative engagement in social media and savvy marketing strategies will lead to success in this role.
Further details on these three positions available to interested parties.
Please contact Jenny Souk, Volunteer Manager via email:  volunteerbc@cbcf.org or fax:  604-683-2860

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY
Thrift Store Volunteer
Volunteer needed to sort, price and provide cashier duties. Interpersonal skills, teamwork and ability to lift an asset. RCMP check is required. Please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh at 250.591.8811 or by email at shannonf@nanaimohospice.com

GENOME BC- GENESKOOL SUMMER CAMP
Graduate/Undergraduate Student Volunteers
Volunteers who are interested in education and science outreach are needed from July 20-24, 2015 on a full time schedule to assist with delivering and setting up teaching material as well as facilitate activities for Genome BC’s Geneskool Summer Camp at VIU’s Nanaimo Campus.
RCMP Security Check required, will be paid for by the agency.  
Please contact Ashley Port Thompson at 604.675.1030 or by email at athompson@genomebc.ca

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Sun Safety Volunteers
2 Volunteers required as Sun Safety Ambassadors helping to make presentations to summer camp leaders and outdoor workers. Criminal record check required.
May 1st, 2015 – August 31, 2015 or Ongoing.
Please contact Carolyn Cade at 1.800.663.7892 or by email at ccade@bc.cancer.ca

NANAIMO WOMEN’S CENTRE
Resource Centre Volunteer
Volunteers will work directly with the women that the NWC serves. Volunteers will assist in the tasks needed to run the NWC. This would include organizing donations, helping collect stats, light cleaning duties, assisting with participants needs and greeting people at the NWC.
Criminal record check required.
Please contact Keely Scott at 250.753.0633 or by email at coordinator@nanaimowomen.com

 

NANAIMO FOODSHARE
Secretary to the Board
This is an ongoing position to attend board meetings monthly on the third Thursday of each month and take minutes to be sent to the Board Chair in a timely fashion. Strong communication skills and understanding of confidentiality is required.
Please contact Marjorie Stewart 250-390-3363 or by email at marjorieandalstewart@shaw.ca

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NANAIMO
Fundraising Coordinator
This position requires the Coordination of all local fundraising, working closely with the Volunteer and Athletic Coordinators as well as the Treasurer and providing an annual action plan for fundraising.
Contact Michelle Cruickshank at 250-208-5402 or by email at mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca

ZAJAC RANCH FOR CHILDREN
Assistant Camp Director
Volunteers are responsible for supervision and care of our campers throughout every aspect of camp life. Volunteer Counselors live on Site during their time at Zajac Ranch. Training provided prior to camp sessions. RCMP Security check is required and will be paid for by the agency.
Please apply by email at tiffany@zajacranch.com

MENS RESOURCE CENTRE
Front Desk Volunteer
Receptionist required. Ideal candidate would possess good English, excellent communication skills and able to multi-task. Must be empathetic and a team player, have basic office skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Shifts are 2 hours in duration, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday AM/PM.
Please contact Carmen Barclay at 250-714-8754 or email gobetweenconsulting@gmail.com .

CEDAR HILL CONSULTING
Homestay Families
Some great Homestay Families are needed for two boys or two girls Thursday July 23 (afternoon) to Tuesday July 28 (morning).This group is from a Japanese youth group and they have been coming to Vancouver Island for well over 15 years. This is a wonderful chance to share Canadian culture and learn something about Japanese culture. Homestay Families will receive a small ‘per diem’ to help with expenses. For families where both parents are working on the Friday/Monday we will have activities planned for those days. Homestay Families from Ladysmith to Parksville are accepted as long as the drop off/pick up schedule can be managed.
Please email Christine McCubbin at cedarhillconsulting@ghmail.com

Below are listed on-going volunteer positions in the following categories: 
Special events/Animals / Board Members / Miscellaneous / Office / Seniors / Youth
Special Events
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BC – NANAIMO
Track & Field
Looking for Volunteers to assist us throughout the day with various responsibilities such as raking sand pits, measuring jumps and throws, assisting with athlete’s needs, recording race times, operating the lap counter etc. Event takes place Sunday May 31, 2015.
If interested- please contact Michelle Cruickshank at mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca
Or by phone @ 250.208.5402

BC BLIND FITNESS PROGRAM
Volunteer Guides
BC Blind Sports is running a 14 week fitness program for blind/sight impaired persons.  This is the fifth time the program has been held and it’s been extremely helpful for all participants.    The program is designed by BCBS and classes are taught by a certified fitness trainer. Classes focus on increasing flexibility, muscle strength and balance. Exercises take place seated on a chair or standing using the chair as a support. The role of the volunteer is to assist participants with proper positioning during class. Some participants will require more help than others depending on remaining sight.  It’s not necessary to be in top physical condition and training is provided. Volunteers are required to become a member of BCBS to qualify as a guide. The yearly membership fee is $5.00.  A criminal record check is required. Re-imbursement of cost by BCBS. This volunteer opportunity takes place Every Wednesday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM.  If anyone would like to find out more information or sign up then please contact Carolyn Gunn 250-716-9053 or email carolyngunn03@shaw.ca.

NANAIMO REGION JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY
Youth Mentor/Peer-to-Peer Helper/Parent-to-Peer Helper/Senior Support Worker
Volunteers will attend meetings and community events with participants, attend one on one sessions, meet regularly, provide support and help participants move towards a positive network of social support.
Community Helper
Attend Criminal Justice Forums to represent the community perspective.
Facilitator
Direct the Community Justice Forum and restorative circles, record negotiated contracts, Use facilitations skills while assisting communication during the restorative justice process, Training required and offered by the Society.
Case Coordinator
Coordinate Cases and Volunteers.
Committee Member
Represent, contribute and report on meetings such as Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association, Sex Trade workers, Youth Advocate, etc.
Administrative Coordinator
Basic administrative duties, booking appointments, call participants, filing, etc.
Social Media/Website
Support our online presence including weekly postings regarding trending justice issues.
Event Planner
Spread the word about restorative justice, Coordinate upcoming events, plan Restorative Justice week and fundraising events.
Volunteer Drivers
Assist participants to appointments and special events.
Resource Developer
Research and attend meeting with potential funders, Assist in writing grants.
Practicum Student
Criminology, Child and Youth Care ,Social Work, Business Administration students to assist with special projects.
MA Student
Thesis or research project.

Storybook Dads Reading Program
The Storybook Dads program provides opportunities for children to connect with their Fathers by receiving a recorded, age-appropriate book. Our volunteer work with the fathers to record the stories onto CD`s. The books and CD`s are then mailed to the children by volunteers.

If you would like to participate in any of the above volunteer positions, please see the website www.johnhowardnanaimo.org under Volunteers for instructions to apply. Criminal Record Check required.

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Survivor Engagement Coordinator
Enhance the Run Day experience specifically for survivors by managing the Survivor Parade, and managing Survivor Tent. 
Site Coordinator
Responsible for providing an organized Run site for hundreds of people in your community.  Must be detail oriented, work with excel spreadsheets and track record of project management.
Communications Coordinator
Help increase awareness of CIBC Run for the Cure to drive participation, fundraising and volunteering.  Expertise in media relations, creative engagement in social media and savvy marketing strategies will lead to success in this role.
Further details on these three positions available to interested parties.
Please contact Jenny Souk, Volunteer Manager via email:  volunteerbc@cbcf.org or fax:  604-683-2860

GENOME BC- GENESKOOL SUMMER CAMP
Graduate/Undergraduate Student Volunteers
Volunteers who are interested in education and science outreach are needed from July 20-24, 2015 on a full time schedule to assist with delivering and setting up teaching material as well as facilitate activities for Genome BC’s Geneskool Summer Camp at VIU’s Nanaimo Campus.
RCMP Security Check required, will be paid for by the agency.  
Please contact Ashley Port Thompson at 604.675.1030 or by email at athompson@genomebc.ca

PARK AVENUE SCHOOL PAC
School Funfair May 30th, 2015
We need fun-loving volunteers to help at the school with funfair tasks, game attendees, serving food, taking tickets, selling tickets, general set up and clean up, face painting, etc.   Please email the Fair Coordinator, Kirsten Doucette, at kdoucette@shaw.ca

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Relay for Life Event Day June 12/13, 2015
Volunteers who work well with others and have good communication skills required for this “Super Heroes” themed fundraiser at the NDSS Rotary Bowl to work a 4 hour shift between 7pm June 12th and 7am June 13th in such areas as volunteer registration, food and beverage, running activities, setting up and taking down.  Volunteers must register with us well before race day, to avoid volunteers just showing up on the day, by calling Carolyn Cade at 1-800-663-7892 or email her at ccade@bc.cancer.ca

VOLUNTEER NANAIMO
Special Events Volunteer
Are you looking to volunteer, but you aren’t able to make a regular commitment?  We may have just the thing for you.  We are creating an email/phone list of volunteers interested in being contacted for special events.  This could involve a few hours or a day or two.  If this sounds like the perfect fit for you, please submit your online Volunteer Nanaimo application from our website at www.volunteernanaimo.ca or email us your information at vn@volunteernanaimo.ca  Feel free to call if you have questions at 250-758-7121.  We look forward to having you join our team!

KIDS HELP PHONE
“Walk So Kids Can Talk” Event
Leadership Volunteers required from now until June, 2015 to support this 5k fundraiser walk on May 3rd, 2015
Organizing Committee Members required to fill the following positions:
Walk Chair/ Walk Co-Chair Secretary / Walk communications Lead / Walk Fundraising & Sponsorship Lead / Walk Logistics & Route Lead / Walk Volunteer Lead
If you possess leadership skills, want to be part of this event, be a role model and want to work with a great group, please email the Program Coordinator at Katelyn.jmaeff@kidshelpphone.ca and write “Walk Committee Volunteer” in the subject line, or call 1-604-267-7057 ext. 2063.  Criminal record check is required, and training will be provided.

ISLAND CRISIS CARE SOCIETY
Silent Auction Donor Solicitors
We need volunteers who are very organized and have a great phone manner to make phone calls to solicit donations from businesses for our silent auction on May 8, 2015 at Maranatha Church, and make appointments with donor to collect items.  We would like to collect 200 – 300 items, and would need them photographed and uploaded to our website.   These jobs can be shared between volunteers.  A criminal record check is required.  Please contact Marilyn Laktin at 250-585-2577 or email mlatkin@iccare.ca

Animals
KITTY KONNECTIONS
Foster Homes for Cats
Do you love cats?  If so, we are looking for you!  We need homes to foster cats without a permanent home for their transition to their new families.  The Society supplies everything the cat needs including food and litter.  Please contact Karen McLennan at 250-741-4140 or email:  kittykonnections@hotmail.com.

SPCA-Volunteers
Love animals? Two ways to help SPCA, the agency dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for animals in BC. You can volunteer WITH animals, providing care for cats and dogs or you can provide help FOR animals as Shelter Host, on a Committee or as a Fundraiser Helper. Call the SPCA at 250-758-8444.

Board Members / Committee

NANAIMO FOODSHARE
Secretary to the Board
This is an ongoing position to attend board meetings monthly on the third Thursday of each month and take minutes to be sent to the Board Chair in a timely fashion. Strong communication skills and understanding of confidentiality is required.
Please contact Marjorie Stewart 250-390-3363 or by email at marjorieandalstewastrt@shaw.ca

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NANAIMO
Fundraising Coordinator
This position requires the Coordination of all local fundraising, working closely with the Volunteer and Athletic Coordinators as well as the Treasurer and providing an annual action plan for fundraising.
Contact Michelle Cruickshank at 250-208-5402 or by email at mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca

WOODGROVE SENIORS CITIZENS HOUSING SOCIETY
Board Members
We are a non-profit society that manages two apartment buildings under the auspices of BC Housing.  We required people who have some business experience, knowledge of apartment operations, and working with BC Housing to join our Board of Directors.  We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1145 Seafield Crescent at 7 pm.  Please contact Dale Widdifield at 250-751-2999 or email dalewid@shaw.ca

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Facilitator
For Volunteers who want to make a difference in Youths lives, enjoy working with young children/teenagers, and help them understand financial literacy.  Flexible and creative with a sense of humour, are comfortable sharing your own business/career experiences and able to work well in a team setting.
If you have:
• Good understanding of career planning or,
• Good understanding of business management concepts – experience in small business an asset
• Comfortable speaking in front of a group of students
• Able to creatively engage/involve teenagers
• Able to co-facilitate with a volunteer partner (if necessary)
. Lead class discussions and involve students in activities
• Prepare for session(s), both independently and with volunteer partner
• Communicate with volunteer partner and JA staff in a timely manner
• A clean Criminal Record check (After-School Program only)
 Please contact: gail.stroud@jabc.org  or phone 1–250-510-7671

MID ISLAND ABILITIES & INDEPENDENT LIVING SOCIETY
Board of Directors
Must be community minded, and demonstrate concern for seniors and their needs. Board of Directors meet once per month. Orientation to the Society and Board of Directors is provided, along with ongoing support and training. No experience necessary. Resume and RCMP criminal record check required – volunteer responsible. Minimum commitment – 1 year.  Contact: Program Co-ordinator Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm.

CVI CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NANAIMO
Board Members -The centre for the arts is looking for volunteers who are interested in advancing the arts and growth of the arts community in the Downtown Nanaimo. This is a great opportunity. Please email artsnan@island.net

PACIFIC CARE SOCIETY
Board Member. If you have time to meet every third Monday of each month (about 50 hrs annually) and have experience/knowledge in administration, finance, public relations, program development and have excellent communication skills, and an interest and commitment of the Society’s goals, please send your resume to dmagor@pacific-care.bc.ca or call Shanda at 250.756.2022.

Miscellaneous
CRIMSON COAST DANCE SOCIETY
Archiving/Scrapbook Party Volunteers
4-6 Volunteer required to spend 4 hours on a weekday afternoon cutting out newspaper clippings and arranging past media posters into portfolio binders for archives. Refreshments and lunch provided. Please contact Aarame Robillard at 250.716.3230 or by email at dance@crimsoncoast.org

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Survivor Engagement Coordinator
Enhance the Run Day experience specifically for survivors by managing the Survivor Parade, and managing Survivor Tent. 

Teams Fundraising Coordinator
First line of communication to all team captains, knowing that by going the extra maile you demonstrate that you value their time,  effort and commitment. You would be the voice to the Team Captains and communicate critical information.

Site Coordinator
Responsible for providing an organized Run site for hundreds of people in your community.  Must be detail oriented, work with excel spreadsheets and track record of project management.

Communications Coordinator
Help increase awareness of CIBC Run for the Cure to drive participation, fundraising and volunteering.  Expertise in media relations, creative engagement in social media and savvy marketing strategies will lead to success in this role.
Further details on these three positions available to interested parties.
Please contact Jenny Souk, Volunteer Manager via email:  volunteerbc@cbcf.org or fax:  604-683-2860

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY
Thrift Store Volunteer
Volunteer needed to sort, price and provide cashier duties. Interpersonal skills, teamwork and ability to lift an asset. RCMP check is required. Please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh at 250.591.8811 or by email at shannonf@nanaimohospice.com

NANAIMO RCMP VOLUNTEERS
Safety Bear Team Volunteers
Attend summer events in teams of two as Safety Bear- the mascot for the RCMP and his handler. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with the public and physically fit as it can be strenuous wearing the outfit. Volunteers must be 19 years of age and older. Training provided.
Crime Prevention Volunteers
Volunteers will participate in a variety of crime prevention activities including operating speed display boards conducting distracted driving surveys and acting as “eyes and ears”. Volunteers must be 19 years of age and older. Must commit to minimum 4 hours/month for at least 6 months. Day and evening shifts.
Please contact Dawn Portman at 250.755.3163 or by email at dawn.portman@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Sun Safety Volunteers
2 Volunteers required as Sun Safety Ambassadors helping to make presentations to summer camp leaders and outdoor workers. Criminal record check required.
May 1st, 2015 – August 31, 2015
Please contact Carolyn Cade at 1.800.663.7892 or by email at ccade@bc.cancer.ca

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Painters
We are looking for helpers to paint wooden bins for our clothing program. Creativity is welcome, but not required. Painting supplies and stencil provided, as well as coffee, tea and goodies. Please contact Alice by phone at 250-756-2447 or email admin@bigscvi.ca to arrange a time to lend a hand during our office hours (Mon-Thurs 9-4).

NANAIMO COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE TEAM
Emergency Services
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to be called out at night, attend fire or floods, attend monthly meetings, and attend training courses of some weekends.  The volunteer will assist displaced people requiring accommodation, clothing and food.  If you are in your mid-forties and up, just recently retired and enjoy helping people, please contact Bruce Davison at Bruce.Davison@nanaimo.ca

Bicycle Maintenance
In association with Hub City Cycles, we are looking for a volunteer who is interested in working on bikes with youth.  Sessions are Wednesdays from 11am - 2pm at John Barsby School.  A criminal record check is required.  Please contact Tyler Walker at info@hubcitycycles.ca

NANAIMO FOODSHARE SOCIETY
Delivery Driver
We require a driver from now until June 2015 to pick up from the Foodshare Centre and deliver school snacks to several schools on Mondays from 9am – 12noon, and/or Thursdays 9am – 12 noon.  If you have a valid drivers licence with clean abstract, friendly, ability to carry 25 lbs, knowledge of Nanaimo area, enjoy driving.  A criminal record check is required (paid for by agency), training provided.  To apply, please email Foodshareinfo@shaw.ca

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
ReStore Cashiers
Here’s a terrific opportunity for someone who enjoys customer service! Habitat for Humanity is looking for cashiers at their Restore on Mostar Rd.  Volunteers must be fluent with spoken English and provide two references from recent cashier work experience.  Shifts available for as little as 2 hours but 4 hour shifts preferred.  You will be greeting customers, working with cash and customer service.  Come out and join a fun team who enjoy giving back to our community! 
For all or any of these placements, please contact Holly at 250-758-8743 or by email:  volunteercoordinator@habitatmvi.org

SALVATION ARMY NEW HOPE CENTRE
Cook:  Volunteers to help prepare and cook meals for clients. 
Kitchen Helper:  Willing to help serve meals, make up plates, bus and other duties as required. 
Dishwasher:  Basic knowledge of commercial dishwasher.  Commitment of four hours per week.
Driver’s Helper/Meals: Help our driver pick up food donations from grocery stores around town.  Commitment of 6 hours one day a week.
A criminal record check is required for all positions The Centre is on several bus routes.

SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORES
Clothing Helpers to sort, tag and hang clothing and linens at either North End store or Bowen Road store. Commitment of four hours per week.
Driver’s Helper: Strong person to help our driver pick up donations from private homes and stores.  Commitment of six hours one day per week.
A criminal record check is required for all positions
For any of the above positions, please contact Kim Maandag, Volunteer Coordinator at 250-824-0191 or email hr@sananaimo.org

LITERACY CENTRAL V.I.
“Well Read Books” Coordinator
We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the set up and management of our new gift section – have some fun with a great volunteer team supporting a very worthy community cause.  Must have previous experience in retail product inventory control, merchandizing and sales.  Training provided.  Please contact Rebecca Kirk via email at Rebecca@LiteracyCentralVI.org

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION MID ISLAND
Event Assistants:  Volunteers to help with set up / take down, as event hosts, taking tickets and giving out information at upcoming events.  Training/supervision provided.
For either position, please contact Gwen Vonarx, Program/Event Coordinator, at 250-244-4042 ext. 2 or email her at Gwen.vonarx@cmha.bc.ca

LITERACY CENTRAL V.I.
Volunteer Tutors
We need volunteers with past experience and preparation in tutoring at the Commercial Street location.  Ideal for retired adult educators or those with past teacher training.  Abbreviated Tutor Training Course, to be held on October 7, 8 9 from 6 – 9pm.  Commitment of 3 hours/week for 6 months.  Criminal record check is required, the cost of which will be reimbursed.  Please contact Judith Russell or Brian Walker at tutors4literacy@viu.ca or telephone 250-754-8988.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL V.I.
Clothing Volunteers
Volunteers wanted on Thursday mornings to assist with pick-ups, loading and unloading of bulk clothing bags.  Please contact Alice Dubbeldam at 250-756-2447 or email admin@bigscvi.ca

SCOUTS CANADA

  1. Cub Scout Leaders:  Volunteers interested in working with 8 – 10 year old boys and girls.  Outdoor skills, first aid training, and foodsafe an asset, two hours per week plus occasional weekends.   
  2. Beaver Scout Leaders:  Volunteers interested in working with 5 – 7 year old boys and girls.  Knowledge of songs, games, crafts, and the outdoors is an asset.  Two hours per week plus occasional weekends.   

Each volunteer must complete Scouts Canada training course (on line or in person).  Criminal record check required, paid for by Scouts Canada. Contact Melissa Bond by phone/text at 250-668-0983 or email to mbond@scouts.ca

MEALS ON WHEELS SOCIETY
Meal Delivery Drivers: 
Volunteers with a valid Class 5 drivers licence and a smile needed for 1 – 2 hours a week.  Driver orientation and kit provided. 
Day Captain:  Volunteers with general computer skills, email and organizational skills required for the office one day a week for 4 – 6 hours..  Extensive training provided. 
Criminal record check for both positions is required.  Please contact Sandra at 250-753-1300 or email her at mownanaimo@shaw.ca

NANAIMO 7-10 CLUB
Volunteer Drivers / Kitchen Helpers

  1. If you are an early bird, we need drivers to pick up from the stores.  We have a van or they can use their own vehicle and get paid by the km.  We also need volunteers to help serve breakfast, do prep work for breakfast. 
  2. Helpers to serve morning breakfast, handing out bag lunches, or in the kitchen making sandwiches, dishwashing, etc.

The 7-10 Club is open Mon-Fri from 7 – 10am.   To volunteer, please call Les at 250-714-0917 or email info@nanaimo710club.com, or just drop by one morning, ask for Les, and see what goes on there!

NANAIMO ART GALLERY
Gallery Attendant
If you have a strong interest in art, have experience in retail sales and cash handling, and can spare 3 hours w week, this may be for you.  Supervised training on site at the Gallery at 150 Commercial Street.  Criminal record check is required and will be paid for by the Art Gallery.  Please download application from downtown@nanaimogallery.ca and drop in with your resume to see Dawn Marusin between Tues-Sat 10am – 5pm.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
ReStore
Nanaimo ReStore is looking for volunteers like you! We have jobs for everyone, so whether you are looking to get your hands on experience in the warehouse and receiving area, or looking to help with customer service or administration, we want you!  The Nanaimo ReStore revenue goes towards building homes for hardworking low income families within our Mid Vancouver Island community.  A commitment of 40hrs per year and steel toed shoes/boots are mandatory.  Please phone 250 -758-8078 and press 2 to speak to someone in the office.
 
SALVATION ARMY
Emergency Disaster Services Co-ordinator
Liaison between the Salvation Army Ministry Unit and Divisional HQ to help fulfill Emergency Disaster Services mandate before, during and after a provincially declared disaster.
Full volunteer position description available upon request.  Please contact Kim Maandag at kim_maandag@sananaimo.org for full details.

NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL
Outpatient Host/Hostess
Do you have a friendly personality, a neat, tidy appearance, and the ability to accompany patients and visitors to other areas of the hospital (including pushing wheelchairs)?  We are looking for individuals to commit to a 3 hour shift once a week (from Monday to Friday).   
6 month commitment required. Please contact Lynne Tourond at 250-755-7637 or email:  lynne.tourond@viha.ca

 

NANAIMO MENS RESOURCE CENTRE
Clothing Volunteer
The Men’s Resource Centre requires a volunteer to come in to sort through and hang clothing donations for needy men in the community.  If you are able to donate some time to this valuable society, please contact Carmen at 250-714-8754 or gobetweenconsulting@gmail.com

CANADIAN RED CROSS – NANAIMO
Disaster Management – Emergency Response Team Leader
As a Disaster Management volunteer in a supervisory or leadership role, you will take a minimum of 100 hours of Red Cross training to learn how to best support those affected by disasters.   After this training is completed, you will be able to lead an Emergency Response Team or supervise a specific function area team in either field operations or support services that can be activated in the event of both small and large-scale disasters.   There are opportunities to further develop your leadership skills through training and exercises, gain emergency management and client service delivery skills and to share your expertise in key function areas like human resources, operations, finance and administration, planning and logistics. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529
Client Service: Volunteer needed to work with clients and health care professionals to fulfill equipment requests.  Must be able to maintain paper and/or computer records regarding loans and returns, respond to phone enquiries regarding HELP and other Red Cross programs and receive financial donations.
Delivery Volunteer : Volunteer required to be responsible for loading and unloading of delivery vehicle, delivery and pick-up of equipment, equipment installation.  Some servicing and cleaning of equipment also necessary.
Technician Volunteer: Duties for this position would include inspection of  equipment for damage and perform routine maintenance, replace broken or worn-out parts as needed and clean and disinfect returned equipment, using an automated washer in some locations.  You would need to ensure equipment is appropriately labelled and numbered and that equipment is stored safely in warehouse.
Criminal Record check would be required, and reimbursement for same available.  Office is located at 3- 2525 McCullough Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 4M9 - It is near a bus route 3.  Minimum of one 4 hour shift during the week Monday – Friday either 9:30 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm as well as a minimum 6 month commitment is required. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

Office

NANAIMO WOMEN’S CENTRE
Resource Centre Volunteer
Volunteers will work directly with the women that the NWC serves. Volunteers will assist in the tasks needed to run the NWC. This would include organizing donations, helping collect stats, light cleaning duties, assisting with participants needs and greeting people at the NWC.
Criminal record check required.
Please contact Keely Scott at 250.753.0633 or by email at coordinator@nanaimowomen.com

V.I. CRISIS SOCIETY
Crisis Line Worker
We need volunteers with an empathetic, non-judgmental attitude, and basic computer skills.  Requires 65 hours of in-class instruction, and a commitment of 200 hours per year.  Shifts are 4 hours, and one 8hr overnight shift per month.  A criminal record check is required, paid for by V.I. Crisis.  Please contact Lucie at 250-753-2495 or email luciec@vicrisis.ca

HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION
Confirmation Callers
Enthusiastic volunteers required to support the team with callouts to campaign volunteers to confirm their continued support for 2014.  4 hour per week, training provided.  Please contact Marica Benvin at 250-754-5274 or email:  mbenvin@hsf.bc.ca

MID ISLAND ABILITIES AND INDEPENDENT LIVING
Office Assistant(s) Volunteer Coordinator and Client Coordinator
These two positions include orientation to the Society and the Nanaimo Senior Visiting Program, along with ongoing support and training. Looking for two (2) Volunteer that will assist in the office geared toward keeping all volunteer and client files updated, Calls to volunteers and clients expected as well as answering daily phone calls, be expected to call all clients regarding events. Volunteer Coordinator position will be expected to educate new volunteers about the Society. This is a GREAT way to update office skills and make a difference in the lives of seniors who are experiencing a degree of loneliness and/or isolation. Please contact: Executive Director Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm.

NANAIMO WOMAN'S RESOURCE CENTRE
Volunteers for centre and events
The Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society is actively searching for volunteers to work in our Centre or to volunteer for various events we are planning to hold. Come join an enthusiastic & compassionate team of women. Please call us at 250-753-0633 email coordinator@nanaimowomen.com

VOLUNTEER NANAIMO Needs Used Computers   
If you have a newer used computer and would like to donate it to our computer community service program Watchdog, please call us at 250-758-7121.  We refurbish computers for use by non-profit agencies or low income recipients.

Seniors
KIWANIS VILLAGE
General Store
Socialize with a diverse group of residents and community members while operating our General Store. Morning (9-11AM) and Afternoon (1-3) Shifts available.
Baking Program
Assist residents in reliving the comfort of creating home cooking. The baking program is held the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday monthly from 1:30 – 3 PM
Manicures
No professional experience required- this opportunity allows you to have a pleasant conversation with residents while painting their nails. Dates and times to be determined.
Outings
Give a hand by helping to take residents on breakfast, lunch and dinner outings throughout Nanaimo. Travel is by bus and recreation staff will handle the driving. Outings occur on select Wednesdays and Fridays.

NANAIMO HARBOUR CITY SENIORS SOCIETY
Website Operator/Overseer
Volunteer required to design, update and oversee website in conjunction with NHCS board of directors. Must have the ability to construct website, include links and photos, and should be sensitive to elders’ needs. Approximately 12 hours/month time commitment.
Please contact Bettie Godfrey at 250.756.1935 or by email at bettieg2013@gmail.com

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF BC
“Minds in Motion” Program Volunteer
We required several volunteers on a Tuesday afternoon from 12 – 3.30pm at Beban Park.  Several positions including setup/takedown, prepare coffee/snacks, assist with decorating and with caregivers, cleanup and smiling.  Experience with seniors and/or dementia/special needs people, who can work independently, perform physical tasks.  A criminal record check is required, and a commitment of six months.  For more information and to apply, please call Shanan St. Louis at 250-734-4170 or email sstlouis@alzheimer.org
Support Group Co-Facilitator
Volunteer with excellent listening interpersonal skills, knowledge of dementia, willing to learn, facilitation skills, time management.  Required to take 2 day training seminar, attend dementia education.  Will receive on the job training/reading/online.  Commitment of one year requested.  Criminal record check required.  Please contact Jane Hope, Coordinator, at 250-734-4170 or email her at jhope@alzheimerbc.org

NANAIMO FAMILY LIFE ASSOCIATION
 “Better at Home” Service Volunteer
“Better at Home” offers a range of non-medical home support services, including friendly visiting, transportation to appointments, light yard work, minor home repairs, snow shoveling, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, etc.  If you are interested in joining our volunteer team here at Nanaimo Family Life and make a big difference in a seniors’ life.  Please contact Mia Goodall or Cathy Holmes at 250-754 3331.

 

MID ISLAND ABILITIES & INDEPENDENT LIVING SOCIETY
Telephone Caller
Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society is looking for caring, mature individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of seniors who are experiencing a degree of loneliness. Volunteers needed to perform telephone calls to seniors. Must have understanding of seniors and their needs, have good listening and communication skills; be patience, understanding and friendly.  Position includes orientation to the Society and the Nanaimo Senior Visiting Program, along with ongoing support and training. Resume and RCMP criminal record check required – volunteer responsible.  Please contact: Executive Director Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm.
In Home Visitor for seniors 
Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society is looking for caring, mature individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of seniors who are experiencing a degree of loneliness.
Volunteers needed to visit seniors in their own homes. Good understanding of seniors and their needs, good communication and listening skills necessary. Society and Program orientation support and training is provided. Must be able to drive. Resume and RCMP criminal record check required – volunteer responsible. Please contact: Executive Director Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm..
Drivers for events  
This position is a little or a lot of driving depending on your time commitment. We have programs once a month that may need ONLY two hours once a month, Lots of notice when we will need your time. (Unless you choose to drive for the Port Theatre Angel Program-short notice). Society and Program orientation support and training is provided Requirements of volunteer must have a valid driver’s licence.. Resume and RCMP criminal record check required – volunteer responsible. Please contact: Executive Director Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm.

Visit (with or without a pet) Volunteers
Visitor volunteers urgently needed.  You love your pet, so why not share that love with a lonely person, or simply befriend an elderly person one-to-one and bring your ray of sunshine along.  Commitment is only 30 minutes a week over a longer term.  Excellent family or youth volunteering opportunity. For either position, please contact the President, Diane Morris at 250-729-0233.

NANAIMO STROKE RECOVERY GROUP
Exercise Class Facilitator  
We require a qualified instructor to lead an exercise class for a stroke recovery group, on two Fridays a month, from 11 am to 12 noon at the Bowen Seniors Centre. Please telephone Rose at 250-753-5328.

NANAIMO TRAVELLERS LODGE
Information Desk Volunteer
Customer service oriented, friendly volunteer required to work a 3 hour shift, 1pm – 4pm weekdays.  There is a two hour orientation session.  A criminal record check is required, the cost for which will be reimbursed after 20 hours of volunteer work.  Please call Carolina, Programs Manager, at 250-760-2639 or email carolina.ponsford@nantralodge.bc.ca

Youth
ZAJAC RANCH FOR CHILDREN
Assistant Camp Director
Volunteers are responsible for supervision and care of our campers throughout every aspect of camp life. Volunteer Counselors live on Site during their time at Zajac Ranch. Training provided prior to camp sessions. RCMP Security check is required and will be paid for by the agency.
Please apply by email at tiffany@zajacranch.com

SCOUTS CANADA

  1. Cub Scout Leaders:  Volunteers interested in working with 8 – 10 year old boys and girls.  Outdoor skills, first aid training, and foodsafe an asset, two hours per week plus occasional weekends.   
  2. Beaver Scout Leaders:  Volunteers interested in working with5 – 7 year old boys and girls.  Knowledge of songs, games, crafts, and the outdoors is an asset.  Two hours per week plus occasional weekends.   

Each volunteer must complete Scouts Canada training course (on line or in person).  Criminal record check required, paid for by Scouts Canada. Contact Melissa Bond by phone/text at 250-668-0983 or email to mbond@scouts.ca

LITERACY CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND
Bears & Beams
Volunteers needed to work with students.  The Bears & Beams Program is run through Literacy C V I.  It matches volunteers with schools in School District 68 and provides help to kids that need some extra support with reading and math.  No specific training is required, just your willingness, patience and enthusiasm to help students during school hours.  A criminal record check will be required.  For more information please contact Bobbi @ 250-754-8988, or email bearsandbeams@literacycentralvi.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Facilitator
For Volunteers who want to make a difference in Youths lives, enjoy working with young children/teenagers, and help them understand financial literacy.  Flexible and creative with a sense of humour, are comfortable sharing your own business/career experiences and able to work well in a team setting.
If you have:
• Good understanding of career planning or,
• Good understanding of business management concepts – experience in small business an asset
• Comfortable speaking in front of a group of students
• Able to creatively engage/involve teenagers
• Able to co-facilitate with a volunteer partner (if necessary)
. Lead class discussions and involve students in activities
• Prepare for session(s), both independently and with volunteer partner
• Communicate with volunteer partner and JA staff in a timely manner
• A clean Criminal Record check (After-School Program only)
 Please contact: gail.stroud@jabc.org  or phone 1–250-510-7671.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CVI

  1. Clothing Donations Wanted:  The Society is accepting donations in good condition of  gently used clothing, shoes, bags, bedding and towels.  Please call Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4pm, at 250-756-2447.  Email admin@bigscvi.ca .  Clothing can also be dropped off at the office during work hours.#3 – 2350 Labieux Road, Nanaimo
  2. School Mentor: Help make the difference in the life of a child.  During the school year, become a mentor one hour a week.  A minimum six-month commitment is required, as well as a criminal record check.  Please call Paulyne at 250-756-2447.
  3. Big Brothers Needed: Start Something – Make a difference while having fun.  Mentoring programs provide boys with a role model and friend to share experiences of growing up.  Require minimum one year commitment, once a week for 2-4 hours, as well as a criminal record check.  Please call Paulyne for more information 250-756-2447.