Home
About us
Programs & Services
Want to Volunteer?
Need Volunteers?
Upcoming Events
Our Supporters
Resources
Links Page
Becoming a Member
How to Donate
Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

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 27 March 2015

.New Volunteer Ads and Special Events

 

THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY

Nanaimo Variety Kids Radiothon – Minion Mascot

To attract more attention to the Nanaimo Radiothon fundraiser at Woodgrove Mall, two Minion Mascots are needed to greet donors and the public as well as to pose for pictures with patrons who purchase a gold pin. Please contact Maureen Curtis at 1-800-310-KIDS or email:  Maureen.curtis@variety.bc.ca

NANAIMO & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION                                                      Volunteer Barista                                                                                                               Located in the lobby of NRGH, the Code Brew coffee kiosk is a hub of activity and serves thousands of customers per week. Volunteer baristas support staff during busy times of the day by brewing coffee and serving food to customers. Several three hour shifts are available daily – 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 are required. A minimum 6 month commitment is expected for one regular shift per week. A seasonal flu shot is necessary as this role takes place in the hospital. Casual on call/backup volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact Daniel Cayer at 250-740-2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com                                                                          Customer Service Representative                                                                                         Located in the Millstone Medical Centre on the corner of Dufferin and Boundary Crescents, Code Brew @ Millstone is the newest member of the Code Brew family and is a full service cafe. Customer service representatives support staff by serving/visiting with customers and keeping the front of house tidy. One daily shift is available from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Volunteers must be able to stand on their feet for the entire shift. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required - we expect volunteers to interact with customers and ensure that their experience with us is positive! A seasonal flu shot is necessary. Food safe training is helpful to have but not necessary for this role. Contact Daniel Cayer at 250-740-2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.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 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

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

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

 

ETRA (Errington Therapeutic Riding Association)

Sidewalkers

We are looking for adult volunteer sidewalkers to attend an orientation for the Spring session of riding on March 31st at their Lantzville location.  The spring session runs from April 7th to June 24th, 2015.  For more information and to apply, please call Karen Anker at 250-754-4962 or email her at karenanker@shaw.ca

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

Daffodil Campaign – Street Teams

We require Street team Volunteers on April 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2015 to actively engage and encourage the public to give donations in exchange for pins and flowers on designated street corners, business locations, shopping malls or busy transit locations, for a two hour shift on the date chosen.  Ideal for teen group (with parental knowledge).  Please contact Carolyn Cade at ccade@bc.cancer.ca or telephone her at 1-800-663-7892.

 

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

 

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

 

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

NANAIMO & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION                                                      Volunteer Barista                                                                                                               Located in the lobby of NRGH, the Code Brew coffee kiosk is a hub of activity and serves thousands of customers per week. Volunteer baristas support staff during busy times of the day by brewing coffee and serving food to customers. Several three hour shifts are available daily – 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 are required. A minimum 6 month commitment is expected for one regular shift per week. A seasonal flu shot is necessary as this role takes place in the hospital. Casual on call/backup volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact Daniel Cayer at 250-740-2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com                                                                          Customer Service Representative                                                                                         Located in the Millstone Medical Centre on the corner of Dufferin and Boundary Crescents, Code Brew @ Millstone is the newest member of the Code Brew family and is a full service cafe. Customer service representatives support staff by serving/visiting with customers and keeping the front of house tidy. One daily shift is available from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Volunteers must be able to stand on their feet for the entire shift. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required - we expect volunteers to interact with customers and ensure that their experience with us is positive! A seasonal flu shot is necessary. Food safe training is helpful to have but not necessary for this role. Contact Daniel Cayer at 250-740-2624 or daniel@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

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

 

ISLAND INTEGRATED COUNSELLING SOCIETY

Virtual Receptionist

Are you looking for a place which allows you to assist a non-profit that offers counselling to persons of limited means, and which you can do from home?  We need a volunteer to answer phones and refer messages to counsellors from 9 – 5 Monday – Friday at a schedule to be arranged.  Training provided.  Please contact the Volunteer Nanaimo office at 250-758-7121 or email vn.admin@shaw.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

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

School Liaison – Daffodil Campaign

If you have strong communication skills and good people skills, and can take the initiative, to contact schools and track school events, maintain school fundraising record, and enjoy meeting people. Position runs from December to May 5 – 10 hours per week

Volunteer Coordinator – Daffodil Campaign

You will work with the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator and Support team during the campaign to make sure communities have enough volunteers, update contact information, sending Proof of Volunteering letters post-campaign   Position runs from December to May.

For any of the above positions, please contact Carolyn Cade at 1-800-663-7892 ext 226 or email virvolunteerengage@bc.cancer.ca or ccade@bc.cancer.ca  Click on this link for more in depth information:  http://app.volunteer2.com/Public/Umbrella/BackToSearch?umbrellaGUID=b13761a3-c184-4c39-a651-44dda5b970f1&searchType=0&searchId=14216#ResultAnchor

 

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

 

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

 

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

Senior Peer Counsellor

If you are a retired adult, 60 years or more, with your own vehicle and have an interest in seniors, good listening, communication and empathy, this could be for you.  After successful training, we need a commitment of two hours a week.  Please contact Mia Goodall at 250-754-3331 ext. 716 to make an appointment or apply in person at 1070 Townsite Road.  No resume required, but a criminal record check is, and will be paid for after training completion.

Volunteer Counsellor:  We need volunteers who have basic counselling skills training or experience, are interested in helping seniors, and can commit to 120 hours of counselling training.  Deadline for application for this is March 20th and training begins April 17th, 2015

“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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

YANA (You Are Not Alone) SOCIETY

Board Members

We are a small but very friendly and devoted group, and require one or two new Board members to attend our meetings on the third Friday of the month (except summer months and December).  Meetings usually last one hour.  We have one fund-raiser per year in which Board members also help. 

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

THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY

Nanaimo Variety Kids Radiothon – Minion Mascot

To attract more attention to the Nanaimo Radiothon fundraiser at Woodgrove Mall, two Minion Mascots are needed to greet donors and the public as well as to pose for pictures with patrons who purchase a gold pin.

 

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.