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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 02 Sept 2014

.New Volunteer Ads and Special Events

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL V.I.

Clothing Volunteers

Volunteers wanted 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

 

ZERO WASTE CANADA

Conference, Coast Bastion & Christ Community Church, October 2 – 4, 2014

Several volunteers (about 20) required for various positions during the three day event, as follows:

Delegate Registration, October 2, 3 & 4: Sign in delegates, hand out registration package.  Shifts 8 – 9 am (2 positions) and 8am to 12pm (4 positions);

Expo & Logistics: October 2, 3 & 4 Monitor traffic flow through hall, welcome attendees and check for badges, provide directions and general information, ensure rooms are prepared for meetings etc. Shifts 8am to 12pm (4 positions) and 1 – 5 pm (2 positions).

Local Dance Logistics: October 3  Set up, tear down, ticket sales, support during dance.  Shifts 5 – 8pm (4 positions) and 8 – 11 pm (4 positions).

If you are interested in any of these volunteering positions, contact Larissa at zerowastenanaimo@gmail.com or phone 250-327-8278.

 

WEST COAST LEAF SOCIETY

Youth Program Facilitator

We need volunteers with people skills, English skills, interest in youth and human rights.  Facilitation skills an asset.  Full 2.5 day training on workshops and facilitation provided, and honorarium of $100 for successful completion.  A minimum commitment of 6 hours per month is required.   Please contact Lea Silver at 250-618-2174 or email nanaimo@westcoastleaf.org no later than September 26, 2014.

 

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 lucie@vicrisis.ca

 

NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL/VIHA

Junior Volunteers

Volunteers from Grade 10 – 12 who are considering a health care career and who have strong physical condition for walking, standing, pushing wheelchairs, etc..  Expected commitment of once a week from 4 to 6 pm for minimum of six months.  Training session is Saturday October 4th, 2014 at NRGH from 10am to 2.30pm   There are also training videos to watch PRIOR to training session.  Application forms (obtained from NRGH room B021 basement level) MUST be returned with 2 references forms/letter attached by September 22, 2014.  Criminal record check is required.  Please contact Lynn Tourond or Mickey Lemmon  at 250-755-7637 or email lynne.tourond@viha.ca

 

THE NANAIMO AFRICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

Venetian “Arte de Carnavale”, September 26 & 27

Many volunteers required to fill special roles and responsibilities with various shifts on either day.  Jobs include Hostess (6), Ambassadors (6), Stage setup/Take down persons (6 -7), Main Information Booth (5), Model Assistant (3), and Set Design/Construction (5 – 6).  Choose from morning, afternoon or evening shifts.  Please contact Shaleema Gantt at 250-729-9332 or email nanaimoafricanheritagesociety@gmail.com

 

THE SALVATION ARMY SOCIETY

Thrift Store Volunteers  (3 locations)

We require dedication and happy people who want to give back to their community for a 4 hour shift per week at our thrift stores  All training will be provided.  The store address and supervisors are as follows

#50 – 115 10th Street – (Ursula Matthews) served by #7 transit bus;

1613 Bowen Road (Dee Parr) – served by #4 transit bus;

6750 N. Island Hwy (Dolly Skailes) – served by #15, 1, 2, and 3 transit bus

Please choose your store and contact Kim Maandag at 250-824-0191 to apply.

 

SCOUTS CANADA

  1. Beaver 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. Cub 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

 

MEALS ON WHEELS SOCIETY

  1. 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. 

  1. 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 RED CROSS SOCIETY (Health Equipment Loan Program )

Client Services.

 Volunteers urgently needed to provide front line assistance to clients who need to sign up for up to three months of wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, canes, etc. One 4 hour shift per week, either 9.30am to 1pm, or 1pm to 4.30pm Monday through Friday.  Contact Diane Marwick, Coordinator, at 250-756-9363 ext. 222 or email diane.marwick@redcross.ca

 

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

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

Special Events

ZERO WASTE CANADA

Conference, Coast Bastion & Christ Community Church, October 2 – 4, 2014

Several volunteers (about 20) required for various positions during the three day event, as follows:

Delegate Registration, October 2, 3 & 4: Sign in delegates, hand out registration package.  Shifts 8 – 9 am (2 positions) and 8am to 12pm (4 positions);

Expo & Logistics: October 2, 3 & 4 Monitor traffic flow through hall, welcome attendees and check for badges, provide directions and general information, ensure rooms are prepared for meetings etc. Shifts 8am to 12pm (4 positions) and 1 – 5 pm (2 positions).

Local Dance Logistics: October 3  Set up, tear down, ticket sales, support during dance.  Shifts 5 – 8pm (4 positions) and 8 – 11 pm (4 positions).

If you are interested in any of these volunteering positions, contact Larissa at zerowastenanaimo@gmail.com or phone 250-327-8278.

 

NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL/VIHA

Junior Volunteers

Volunteers from Grade 10 – 12 who are considering a health care career and who have strong physical condition for walking, standing, pushing wheelchairs, etc..  Expected commitment of once a week from 4 to 6 pm for minimum of six months.  Training session is Saturday October 4th, 2014 at NRGH from 10am to 2.30pm   There are also training videos to watch PRIOR to training session.  Application forms (obtained from NRGH room B021 basement level) MUST be returned with 2 references forms/letter attached by September 22, 2014.  Criminal record check is required.  Please contact Lynn Tourond or Mickey Lemmon  at 250-755-7637 or email lynne.tourond@viha.ca

 

THE NANAIMO AFRICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

Venetian “Arte de Carnavale”, September 26 & 27

Many volunteers required to fill special roles and responsibilities with various shifts on either day.  Jobs include Hostess (6), Ambassadors (6), Stage setup/Take down persons (6 -7), Main Information Booth (5), Model Assistant (3), and Set Design/Construction (5 – 6).  Choose from morning, afternoon or evening shifts.  Please contact Shaleema Gantt at 250-729-9332 or email nanaimoafricanheritagesociety@gmail.com

 

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.

 

CATNAP SOCIETY

Several volunteers needed for various tasks for this local cat rescue organization in Nanaimo.

Volunteer opportunities include taking cats to and from vet clinics, fostering cats and kittens,

assisting in rescues of abandoned/stray cats and feral cat colony projects/feeding. For fostering,

the Society supplies everything the cat needs including food and litter. If you can help our cats

in need, please email catnapinfo@shaw.ca  For additional information regarding our registered non-profit society and our work for abandoned and homeless cats, please visit us at www.catnapsociety.com or on Facebook at ‘CatNap Society’

 

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

 

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

CIBC Run for the Cure

Volunteers needed for this annual event in the following positions:

Volunteer Co-ordinator – will take on recruiting, scheduling and recognizing event volunteers;

Team Fundraising Co-ordinator – be the first line of communication to all team captains, build relationships, hear the stories and make connections with teams;

Run Day Program & Survivor Engagement Coordinator – manage celebration ceremonies on Run day;

Site & Route Coordinator – responsible for providing an organized Run site and route for hundreds of people to gather and participate in 1K or 5K walk/run and celebrate the fundraising success on Run day.

For a full job description and/or to apply for any of these positions, please contact Patrick Howell, Vancouver Island Run Coordinator, at 1-250-384-3328 or email phowell@chcf.org

 

NANAIMO BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY

Board Members

The Nanaimo Brain Injury Society is looking for committed community members to join its Board. NBIS is a non-profit society providing support and education to people with brain injury, their families and the community, and provides local leadership. NBIS would like community members willing to share their skills and experiences, particularly in areas such as business, public health or social services, community or public relations, and fundraising.

Learn more by contacting Mark Busby at 250-753-5600 Mark@nbis.ca or visit the website at nbis.ca

 

VOLUNTEER NANAIMO

Board Members: 

We need three volunteers with a background in fundraising/treasurer to join our Board.  We meet the third Monday of each month at 5pm at our offices on Labieux Road.    Please call Rita at 250-758-7121 or email vn.admin@shaw.ca

 

COMMUNITY FOR KIDS CENTRAL VANCOUVER ISLAND

Board / Committee Members

An amazing opportunity for anyone who has ever been involved with BC  Children’s Hospital.  This organization is expanding to the Nanaimo area and is in need of board/committee members to promote awareness, and participate in fundraising and events to benefit BC Children’s Hospital, and in particular, the children of CVI who are in need of their services.  Attendance of a few meetings a month would be required.

Special Events/Fundraising Volunteers

Community for Kids CVI is in need of passionate volunteers to assist with the planning, organizing and communication of fundraising or special events.  This position would be specific to events as planned.   For further information please contact Kathy Berg at 1-604-626-7412 or email kathyberg@telus.net

 

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

 Board Member. 

Do you have a desire to change the community, your life and widen your experience with mental health issues?  Volunteers are required 4 hours per month – evening meetings.  A resume is required. Contact: Lynda Cockshutt @ Lynda.Cockshutt@CMHA.bc.ca or at 126 Haliburton Street, Nanaimo. Ph # 250-244-4042

 

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 call 250-754-2264 or 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.

 

YANA (You Are Not Alone) SENIORS SOCIETY

Board Members:  We are looking for Board members who can give about one hour a month to attend a board meeting, and would like to join this friendly group. For more information, please contact us at YANA Seniors Society at 250-729- 0233 or e-mail  YANASeniorsSociety@shaw.ca

 

Miscellaneous

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL V.I.

Clothing Volunteers

Volunteers wanted 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. Beaver 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. Cub 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

 

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

 

SI’EM MEDIA SOCIETY

1.Database Volunteer: We need a volunteer to assist in assembling a database to promote a series of videos and to send an email with links to the list.  To date there is little financial activity but we anticipate more activity in the future.   Please call Randy Fred at 250-741-0153 or email him at randyfred@shaw.ca

2. Computer Volunteer:  We are in need of a volunteer to assist in setting up a computerized bookkeeping system.  Please call Randy Fred at 250-741-0153 or email him at randyfred@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.

 

VOLUNTEER NANAIMO and J & R FARM

Pie Baking Help Needed

Enthusiastic bakers’ helpers required for an annual Apple Pie Campaign.  Campaign runs from August to December.  This ongoing fundraiser has helped students throughout Nanaimo and raiser over $100,000 over the past 20 years.  Assistance in peeling apples, rolling out pastry and help to sell frozen, unbaked pies for fundraiser to support local charities/school events.   For more information, please contact Rose McCulley at 250-754-8351 or email mccus@shaw.ca.  Please complete a volunteer application from Volunteer Nanaimo (on our website or at our office)

 

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 “CODE BREW” COFFEE KIOSK

Volunteer Baristas support staff during busy times of the day by brewing coffee and serving items to customers at our coffee shop in the lobby of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Several three hour shifts available from Monday to Friday – 9am to Noon, Noon to 3pm and 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Volunteers must be able to stand on their feet for the entire shift and lift coffee urns with up to four liters of liquid. Good communication and customer service skills required. Minimum 6 month commitment expected for one regular shift per week.

Seasonal flu shot necessary. Casual on call/backup volunteer opportunities also available. Code Brew serves hundreds of customers per day and profits support the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation! Contact Daniel Cayer at 250-740-2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

 

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).   

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 – Case Worker

Volunteers needed to promote, establish and coordinate delivery of services to the approved Recovery Plan to affected clients.  Disaster response experience an asset, and working in a team environment.  Must have valid BC Drivers Licence, able to lift 20 pounds, and deploy out of province for up to 3 weeks.  Full list of responsibilities and qualifications available.  Working conditions may cause hardships, tight working areas, noisy and perceived unsafe conditions, may include walking on slippery terrain, walking long distances and working long hours.  Training provided.  To apply and/or full information, contact June Hruby at 1-800-661-9055 ext 3509 or email coastalvolunteering@redcross.ca

Customer 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.

Please contact June Hruby, Volunteer Coordinator at coastalvolunteering@redcross.ca

Contact Number: 1-800-661-9055 ext 3509 or Fax: 250-382-3420

 

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

Massage Therapist / Accupuncturist / Hairstylist/Physiotherapist / Podiatrist

CMHA is in search of the above specialists to donate 2 hours per month during the first 3 weeks of the month to provide support to persons living with mental health and addiction issues at the Wesley Street housing. This would be amazing opportunity to assist with improving and strengthening the capacities of those facing mental health challenges. For more information,   please contact Christine at 250-591-3999 or email:  Christine.bhartu@cmha.bc.ca

CMHA will compensate for criminal record check fees for any service provider.

 

NANAIMO STROKE RECOVERY

Walking Companion

In search of volunteers with approximately ½ hour to walk with a client who feels a bit unsteady to walk on her own.  If you are able to assist, please contact Rose at 250-753-5328.

 

COMMUNITY POLICE PROGRAM

Speed Watch Program Volunteers

Speed Angels Take an interest in your community and road safety. Individuals must be over aged 19 with a clean driver’s license. Only 4 hours a month during school hours.  All training and equipment provided. Call RCMP Traffic Section 250.754.2345.

 

Office

 

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 lucie@vicrisis.ca

 

NANAIMO RED CROSS SOCIETY (Health Equipment Loan Program )

Client Services.

 Volunteers urgently needed to provide front line assistance to clients who need to sign up for up to three months of wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, canes, etc. One 4 hour shift per week, either 9.30am to 1pm, or 1pm to 4.30pm Monday through Friday.  Contact Diane Marwick, Coordinator, at 250-756-9363 ext. 222 or email diane.marwick@redcross.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 DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRE

Reception & Permit Processing Volunteer

Volunteer needed to greet walk in clients, answer phones, take messages, provide information and referrals, and process Parking Permit applications.  All training will be provided, and the volunteer will always have a support staff member nearby.  Shifts available Monday to Thursday 10 am to 2 pm (4 hours week/ 6 month commitment).  Criminal record check is required, which will be paid for by the NDRC.  Please contact Christina Young at 250-758-5547 or email your resume to christina@nrdrc.org.

 

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 an old used computer and would like to donate it to our computer community service program Watchdog, please call us at 250-758-7121.

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY – Unit Office Volunteer

Volunteers with a cheerful attitude, great people skills and able to pay attention to detail required for a 4-hour shift once day per week.  Basic computer skills an asset.  Training and supervision is provided by the Leadership Committee who run the office, with staff partners available to answer questions.  A commitment of six months is required.  A criminal record check is not required.  Please apply via phone to Caroline Cade at 1-800-663-7892 or email ccade@bc.cancer.ca

 

NANAIMO ARTS COUNCIL

Desk Attendants

Volunteers needed to cover 4 hour shifts at the gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre. Minimum commitment is 8 – 12 hours per month. Duties include: greeting the public, business transactions, learning about works of exhibiting visual artists, providing information on arts programs offered by the Arts Council. Training will be provided. Contact Sarah Schmidt at:  250-729-3947 or by email at admin@nanaimoartscouncil.ca

 

Seniors

 

KIWANIS VILLAGE

Be a part of a friendly team in a great environment!  Volunteers support Kiwanis Village residents by assisting with activities, visiting, and much more. 

Friendly visitors enjoy nice conversations and may also play games with residents, while dog visitors give joy to others by visiting with their canine companions.  The ability to provide assistance of various types is almost limitless, and volunteers accompany residents on shopping trips, help people brush up on their artistic techniques, and assist in many other ways.  Residents who experience cognitive challenges or who have feelings of isolation, benefit from spending time with understanding volunteers in a social support role, or through being provided with music that evokes memories and positive feelings as part of our Music and Memory program.  If you have a special skill to contribute or specific interest that you want to pursue, please contact us to explore opportunities for a personalized volunteer role.  For more information, or to apply, please contact Alanna Larsen, Volunteer Coordinator, at 250-740-3689 or at alannalarsen@kiwanisvillage.ca

 

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.

Event Volunteers.

This position is a little or a lot depending on your time commitment. We have Volunteers that often participate in program social activities that go on regularly such as teas, bbq’s, monthly coffee, monthly shopping etc. We always need help with our Annual Garage Sale and Annual Christmas Luncheon. This would include assistance with calling, events, setups, organization.  No experience necessary.  Resume and RCMP criminal record check required – volunteer responsible. Please contact: Executive Director Cathy Robson @ 250-756-9455 between hours of 10 am – 3pm.

News Letter Volunteer

Looking for a volunteer with some experience putting together a newsletter but  not necessary. Most information going into Newsletter will be provided. This position will include additional minI flyers sent to volunteers monthly. Can work from office or home. 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.

 

YANA (You Are Not Alone)

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.    Please contact Diane Morris at 250-729-0233.

 

PARADISE ISLE SENIORS

Piano Player/Organizer of Choir.

 Volunteer required to organize and lead the choir, every Thursday of the month. Basic skills and abilities required as a piano player. Contact: Hazel Smith, President @250 754-9566 or by email karyn1969@hotmail.com

 

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF BC

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

- First Link Volunteer. Volunteers with experience /knowledge of working with older adults with dementia or a willingness to learn. Work under the direction of the coordinator, make phone calls to family members to discuss resources, provide support, record client information, and occasionally perform “in person” support. Minimum one shift per week, of 2-4 hours. A one year commitment is requested.  Minds in Motion Volunteer. Beban Social Centre Volunteers who enjoy people, and are patient and friendly, and have experience working with older adults and are physically able to participate in fitness program, required on Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 3pm for a three month minimum commitment. To apply for either position, or to learn more, please contact Tina Biello at 250-734-4171 or email  tbiello@alzheimerbc.org

- Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteer with organizational, supervisory, computer – Word/Excel, interpersonal, problem solving, customer service, multitasking, and management skills required for this on-going position. A commitment of one year is requested, and a criminal record check is required, paid for by the agency. A resume is also requested. Training with staff members / possible weekend training in Vancouver. Please contact Jane Hope at 250-734- 4170. Alzheimer Resource Centre, 1585 Bowen Road

 

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

 

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, are 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.

Skills, Experience: Dependent on the unique course volunteer competencies and financial literacy may vary:

• 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)

Responsibilities & Activities:

 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 – 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.