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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 Unit E 3148 Barons Road in Nanaimo.


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 September 3, 2015

New Volunteer Ads and Special Events

 

ISLAND INTEGRATED COUNSELLING SOCIETY

Virtual receptionist

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to assist with an important non-profit that offers counselling to persons of limited means, but you don’t have to leave home?  We are in need of persons who can help by answering the phone and refer messages to our counsellors from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.  Schedule to be arranged.  Training will be provided.  Please contact Rita at 250-758-7121 or email: vn.admin@shaw.ca

 

DOWNTOWN NANAIMO BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

My Street-Block Builders Nanaimo Volunteers

This one day pop event is in need of volunteers in a variety of positions including Crossing guards (2 shifts),set up for vendors and kids zone, assistants for general maintenance, photographers and info kiosk.  Please contact Sabrina Lorenz at 250-884-9337 or email:  mystreetvolunteers@shaw.ca

 

Harvest Festival – Saturday September 12

Site Runner – assisting event organizers with small errands on festival grounds, handing out entertainment list to festival goers and relieving other volunteers for breaks.

Site Set Up – Consists of light duty set up, 10 x 10, 10 x 15 tents, tables & chairs

Decorating Committee – decorate Wesley Street in Harvet Theme decorations

Light Duty Strike- Consists of light duty set up, 10 x 10, 10 x 15 tents, tables & chairs

If you can assist with any of the above, please contact Sabrina at 250-754-8141 or email:  brijo@shaw.ca

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

CancerConnection Volunteer

This one-to-one peer support program matches survivor volunteers with cancer patients, as well as caregiver volunteers with caregiver clients to provide support and practical experience over the phone to a person affected by cancer. 

Please contact Carolyn Cade ccade@bc.cancer.ca or 250-380-2354 or Corinna Adams cadams@bc.cancer.ca or 250-414-4257

 

CANADIAN RED CROSS – NANAIMO
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. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

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.  To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

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

Personal Disaster Assistance Team ResponderAs a Personal Disaster Assistance Team Responder volunteer, you will take 40 hours of National Red Cross training to learn how to best support those affected by disasters.  After this training is completed, you will become part of a larger response team that can be activated for both small and large-scale disasters. There are opportunities to develop your leadership skills through training and exercises and to share your expertise in key support services areas like human resources and logistics. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

To apply for any of the above positions please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

 

SPECIAL OYLMPICS

Club Fit Program Leader

The volunteer to lead this program  will ensure that a practice plan is put together each week and involve the assistant coaches in working with the athletes.  A reat program for those interested in helping others live well.  Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fundamentals Youth Program Leader

This program for young athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 7 – 11 providing participants with a more in depth introduction to sport-related motor skills along with training and competition beginning Tuesday, October 6th from 530  to 630 p.m.

For either position please contact Michelle Cruickshank, Community Development Manager at 250-208-5402 or email mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca

 

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY THRIFT STORE

Thrift Store Volunteer sort, price, and provide cashier duties. Good interpersonal skills,

Good interpersonal skills, ability to work with team, able to do some lifting.

Please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh, Volunteer Coordinator, 250-591-8811

 

CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK

“I CAN Swim” Volunteers

Provide adapted swim instruction to children with autism.  This new and exciting program is coming to Nanaimo October 2 – November 25, Fridays from 5-7 p.m. and volunteers are required to work alongside support workers.  Must be patient, enthusiastic and team oriented.  Please contact Harold Cecchetti at harold@canucksautism.ca or call 604-685-4049 ext 221

 

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NANAIMO

Emergency Preparedness Event Volunteers

This special event takes place October 3rd and 4th takes place at Coombs Fairgrounds.  Many volunteer opportunities available including:

Registration clerks – greeting participants, distribution of packages 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 am.

Photographers – capture event activities – shifts:  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. either day

Food Volunteer – Food safe preferred – monitor coffee supplies and food (no food prep or service) -  shifts:  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. either day

Exhibitor Assistant – Assist, direct and provide support services to exhibitors - :  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. October 3rd

Set up Crew – Able bodied volunteers to set up seating to pre-deisgnated floor plan in 2 venues for public event – NOTE:  October 2 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Take Down Crew – Disassemble venues after event – October 4th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Traffic Directors – directing incoming traffic to parking area 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. either day

Please contact Jani Drew at jdrew@rdn.bc.ca or call 250-390-6526

 

SALVATION ARMY

Upcycling Volunteers

Do you love to upcycle furniture or love crafting?  If you are willing to be creative, use your imagination and get your hands dirty this might be just the thing for you!  Contact Kim Maandag at hr@sananaimo.org or call 250-824-0191

 

NANAIMO AFRICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

Administrative Assistant

Short term position required immediately to October 2015 (may be extended). Basic computer skills, some excel and social media experience helpful.  Please contact Shalema Gantt at: nanaimoafricanheritagesociety.com or phone 250-729-9332

 

KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA

2015 Kidney Walk Nanaimo

Committee members and volunteers required for the September 27th Kidney Walk including Route Marshals, set up & take down, food and beverage volunteers, “Ask Me” volunteers and more.  Please contact Barbara Valentine at barbarav@kidney.bc.ca or call 6047-736-9775

 

JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY

Volunteer Receptionist

Ongoing position to attend to visitors and deal with inquiries both on the phone and face to face.  Good communication and customer service skills required as you will supply information regarding the organization to clients, community partners and general public.  Minimum requirements include a high school diploma, knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures.  Please see website for full description and how to apply:  johnhowardnanaimo.org/volunteers

 

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B C

Volunteer Event Planning Committee Members

Various committee coordinator positions for the annual fundraising event.  Approximately 10 – 12 hours per month through to June, 2016.  Superior customer service, communication, organizational and administrative skills  required.  Be part of this worthwhile and important society and gain valuable experience in event planning, volunteer recruitment and management.  Please contact Daphne at dtsai@alzheimerbc.org or call 1-800-667-3742

 

FRIDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL

Coach/Assistant Coaches for children’s basketball

Coaching basketball skills to young children. Program outline is provided by “Athletes in Action” RCMP Security check is required and will be paid for by the agency. Please contact Joan Niemstra or John Wilson at 250.758.3773 or by email at fnb.nanaimo@gmail.com 

 

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CANADA

The Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

September 26, 2015

There are a variety of tasks volunteers can help with, such as set up and take down, prizing area, greeters, fun and games crew, route marshal, photographer and enthusiasts! The walk fort Muscular Dystrophy is a fully accessible event that is fun for the whole family with snacks, prizes, activities and more. By volunteering you will be supporting the tens of thousands of Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders. The event is from 12PM-3PM at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Please contact Alyssa Goad at 604.742.2152 or by email at alyssa.goad@muscle.ca

 

SCOUTS CANADA

Activity Leader

Work with you ages 11-14 to help them become well rounded, using the outdoors as their classroom. Interest in pursuing outdoor activities, leadership skills and organizational skills an asset. Community resources can be used to teach skills that are not help within the leadership team.

Advisor

The advisor`s responsibility is to advise the youth on how to manage their `Company` in all manners of financial management, event planning, safety planning, program creation and attend activities with them, Outdoor skills are vital.

Time commitment is required and an RCMP check is required and will be paid for by the agency.

Please contact Melissa Bond at 250.668.0983 or by email at mbond@scouts.ca

 

Below are listed on-going volunteer positions in the following categories: 

Special Events/Animals / Board Members / Miscellaneous / Office / Seniors / Youth

Special Events

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NANAIMO

Emergency Preparedness Event Volunteers

This special event takes place October 3rd and 4th takes place at Coombs Fairgrounds.  Many volunteer opportunities available including:

Registration clerks – greeting participants, distribution of packages 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 am.

Photographers – capture event activities – shifts:  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. either day

Food Volunteer – Food safe preferred – monitor coffee supplies and food (no food prep or service) -  shifts:  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. either day

Exhibitor Assistant – Assist, direct and provide support services to exhibitors - :  8:30 a,m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. October 3rd

Set up Crew – Able bodied volunteers to set up seating to pre-deisgnated floor plan in 2 venues for public event – NOTE:  October 2 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Take Down Crew – Disassemble venues after event – October 4th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Traffic Directors – directing incoming traffic to parking area 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. either day

Please contact Jani Drew at jdrew@rdn.bc.ca or call 250-390-6526

 

DOWNTOWN NANAIMO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Art Gallery Assistance

One day pop-event volunteer required to assist artists and vendors to set up and/or take down for event.  September 20. Two shifts available 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Courteous customer service, some heavy lifting (chairs, tables, etc) 

Various Other Positions:  Crossing Guards, Set Up of Kids Fun Zones, General Maintenance, Stage Assistance, Photographers and Videographers, Info Kiosk Staff

 Please contact Sabrina at mystreetcvolunteers@shaw.ca or call 250-884-9337

 

NANAIMO AFRICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

Administrative Assistant

Short term position required immediately to October 2015 (may be extended). Basic computer skills, some excel and social media experience helpful.  Please contact Shalema Gantt at: nanaimoafricanheritagesociety.com or phone 250-729-9332

 

KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA

2015 Kidney Walk Nanaimo

Committee members and volunteers required for the September 27th Kidney Walk including Route Marshals, set up & take down, food and beverage volunteers, “Ask Me” volunteers and more.  Please contact Barbara Valentine at barbarav@kidney.bc.ca or call 6047-736-9775

 

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CANADA

The Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

September 26, 2015

There are a variety of tasks volunteers can help with, such as set up and take down, prizing area, greeters, fun and games crew, route marshal, photographer and enthusiasts! The walk fort Muscular Dystrophy is a fully accessible event that is fun for the whole family with snacks, prizes, activities and more. By volunteering you will be supporting the tens of thousands of Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders. The event is from 12PM-3PM at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Please contact Alyssa Goad at 604.742.2152 or by email at alyssa.goad@muscle.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!

 

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

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NANAIMO

Fundraising Coordinator

No experience necessary; organization, attention to detail and creative thinking are assets! Looking for an individual who is willing to help establish an annual fundraising event to raise awareness in the community and funds for the programs to operate throughout the course of the year. RCMP security check is required and will be paid for by the agency. Time commitment is required and training will be provided.

Please contact Michelle Cruickshank at 250.208.5402 or by email at mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca

 

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C.

Various Positions required:

Volunteer Coordinator, Promotion & Publicity Coordinator, Participant Recruitment Coordinator, Teams Coordinator, Sponsorship Coordinator, Site Coordinator, Day of Program Coordinator, Refreshments Coordinator, Prize Coordinator, Accounting Coordinator, Registration Coordinator, Route Marshal Coordinator.

July 2015 to Mid-June 2016

Must be able to work effectively with staff, volunteers and have experience working with volunteer committees. Must have superior customer service, administrative, initiative, problem solving, organizational and communication skills.

Volunteer Walk Committee Chair & Co-Chair

Must have 3 – 5 years of successful fundraising experience with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in relationship building (corporate and marketing experience an asset) Must have the ability to work effectively with senior volunteers and experience working with volunteer committees.

A long term commitment of 6 months -1 year is required. Approximately 10 hours per month for a large portion of the project, may work up to 25 hours a month during peak months.

Please contact Daphne Tsai at dtsai@alzheimerbc.org

 

NANAIMO KENNEL CLUB

Parliamentarian

An experienced parliamentarian required to help at monthly meetings. Meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month, except July, August and December. Meetings start at 7PM and run for approximately 2 hours. Location is the Social Centre in Beban Park.

Please contact Del Beaulac at beaulacs@telus.net or by phone at 250.716.1701

 

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

 

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 CHILD AND FAMILY ENRICHMENT SOCIETY dba PacificCARE
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 Carol at carol@pacific-care.bc.ca or call Shanda at 250.756.2022.

 

Miscellaneous

CANADIAN RED CROSS – NANAIMO
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. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

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.  To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529                                               

  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

Personal Disaster Assistance Team ResponderAs a Personal Disaster Assistance Team Responder volunteer, you will take 40 hours of National Red Cross training to learn how to best support those affected by disasters.  After this training is completed, you will become part of a larger response team that can be activated for both small and large-scale disasters. There are opportunities to develop your leadership skills through training and exercises and to share your expertise in key support services areas like human resources and logistics. To apply please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

To apply for any of the above positions please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca or call 1-855-995-3529

 

SPECIAL OYLMPICS

Club Fit Program Leader

The volunteer to lead this program  will ensure that a practice plan is put together each week and involve the assistant coaches in working with the athletes.  A reat program for those interested in helping others live well.  Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fundamentals Youth Program Leader

This program for young athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 7 – 11 providing participants with a more in depth introduction to sport-related motor skills along with training and competition beginning Tuesday, October 6th from 530  to 630 p.m.

For either position please contact Michelle Cruickshank, Community Development Manager at 250-208-5402 or email mcruickshank@specialolympics.bc.ca

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY VISUAL ARTS

Gallery Assistant

4 Volunteers sought to assist with keeping VIU visual arts Gallery open in September. Minimum 5 hours per week.

Please contact Jennifer Pierce by email  at gallery.viu@gmail.com

 

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES

In-Clinic Volunteer

Volunteer required to help greet donors so that they feel comfortable and appreciated. Assist with the flow of donors through the donation process and welcome donors to the hospitality area by offering them refreshments and observing them for adverse reactions.

In-Community Volunteer Leader

Looking for volunteer leaders who will plan and implement volunteer-driven blood donor recruitment events and activities in their community. Supported by our team of Volunteer Resource professionals, this person will recruit, train and lead volunteers to go to events where they will actively recruit blood donors. In return you will receive logo wear, an opportunity to develop and demonstrate experience in sales, community development, event management, program and project management, public speaking, communications, training and leadership as well as receive a letter of reference and recommendation after 6 months as a volunteer.

In-Community Volunteer

Volunteer required to assist with set-up and breakdown of the promotional booth and other equipment, provide courteous and responsive service to prospective donors, provide information on Canadian Blood Services programs and initiatives and assist with event/participant records and documentation management.

 

Please contact Kate Zealand at 250.418.5086 or by email at kate.zealand@blood.com

 

NANAIMO & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

Volunteer Barista

Volunteer required to support staff during busy times of the day by brewing coffee and serving food to customers. 3 shifts available daily 9AM to 12PM, 12PM – 3PM, 4:30 PM to 7:30PM. Volunteers must be able to stand on their feet for their entire shift and lift coffee urns with up to 4 litres of fluid. Good communication and customer service skills are required. A minimum 6 month commitment is expected for one regular shift per week. A seasonal flu shot is necessary. Casual on call/backup volunteer opportunities are available as well.

Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives support staff by serving/visiting with customers and keeping the front of the house tidy. One daily shift of 10:30Am -1:30PM. Good communication and customer service skills are required. A seasonal flu shot is necessary. Food safe training is helpful but not necessary for this role. Located in the Millstone Medical Centre.

 

Please contact Daniel Cayer at 250.740.2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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. 

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 RCMP VOLUNTEERS

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

 

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

 

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 STORESClothing 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

 

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY THRIFT STORE

Thrift Store Volunteer sort, price, and provide cashier duties. Good interpersonal skills,

 Good interpersonal skills, ability to work with team, able to do some lifting.

Please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh, Volunteer Coordinator, 250-591-8811

 

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

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.   

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

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. 

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

 

 

 

Office

 

ISLAND INTEGRATED COUNSELLING SOCIETY

Virtual receptionist

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to assist with an important non-profit that offers counselling to persons of limited means, but you don’t have to leave home?  We are in need of persons who can help by answering the phone and refer messages to our counsellors from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.  Schedule to be arranged.  Training will be provided.  Please contact Rita at 250-758-7121 or email: vn.admin@shaw.ca

 

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

 

NANAIMO DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRE

Reception & Permit Processing

All training will be provided for this position and the volunteer will always have support staff nearby. Shifts are Monday to Friday 8:30-12:30 or 12:30- 4:00.  Criminal record check required. 4/hours per week- 6 month minimum time commitment due to training provided. Volunteers must be able to commit to one shift per week.

Please contact Christina Young by email at christina@ndrc.info or by phone at 250.758.5547

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

Front Desk Office

Volunteer required to answer the phone and greet community members as well as assist with the wig program and other administrative tasks.

Please contact Carolyn Cade at 1.800.663.7892 or by email at ccade@bc.cancer.ca

 

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

 

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.

 

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 Larsen – Volunteer Coordinator at alannalarsen@kiwanisvillage.ca

or by phone at 250.740.3689

 

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

Minds in Motion is a social and fitness program for people experiencing early stage memeory loss due to Alzheimer’s or another dementia related disease. A certified fitness instructor conducts the fitness portion of the program and a facilitator ensures participants are welcomed and involved in activities such a billiards, games or just enjoying social time and light refreshments in a relaxed environment. Volunteer required to set up and take down chairs, prepare and clean up coffee and snacks, assist with program activities including decorating and props, be able to assist and interact with clients and caregivers.

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

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.

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.

 

 SCOUTS CANADA

Activity Leader

Work with you ages 11-14 to help them become well rounded, using the outdoors as their classroom. Interest in pursuing outdoor activities, leadership skills and organizational skills an asset. Community resources can be used to teach skills that are not help within the leadership team.

Advisor

The advisor`s responsibility is to advise the youth on how to manage their `Company` in all manners of financial management, event planning, safety planning, program creation and attend activities with them, Outdoor skills are vital.

Time commitment is required and an RCMP check is required and will be paid for by the agency.

Please contact Melissa Bond at 250.668.0983 or by email at mbond@scouts.ca

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.   

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

 

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

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.

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.