VOLUNTEERS: Assistance required at dragonboat festival

Volunteers are needed for three-day event at Swy-a-lana Lagoon.

The following are opportunities at Volunteer Nanaimo. For more information, please call 250-758-7121 or go online to www.volunteernanaimo.ca. Volunteer Nanaimo is located at Unit 3-2350 Labieux Rd.

Dragonboat Festival – Volunteers are needed to assist with site setup and tear down, hospitality, promotions, merchandise sales, children’s activities, traffic control and security for this July 8-10 event. For more information please visit www.nanaimodragonboat.com or e-mail volunteers@nanaimodragonboat.com.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre – Volunteers are needed for shifts at the Silly Boat Regatta, July 17. Positions include 7-11 a.m. for setup, team ambassadors, signage placement, concession, face painting, McDonald’s sports zone, and more; or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for concession, team ambassadors, cleanup and take down. Participants must attend orientation meeting July 13 at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Free hot dog and chips for each volunteer. To apply, please contact Michelle at 250-753-0251.

Osteoporosis Canada – A communication chairperson is needed to develop strategy to enhance existing portfolios, capitalize on new growth  opportunities, handle media relations, review status of the chapter and attend executive meetings. A basic understanding of Osteoporosis Canada, good communication, leadership and interpersonal skills, enterprising, marketing and public relations experience is an asset. The position requires a commitment of two years, up to three hours per week with more leading up to events.

Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre – Four volunteer positions need to be filled at the centre on Selby Street. A minimum of three hours a week Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is required as well as a criminal record check. Training and supervision is provided. Positions include public relations,  events and fundraising, funding research and hairdresser. To apply for any of these jobs, please contact Darcie Davidson at 250-753-0633.

Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society – The society needs a volunteer bus driver for July and August. The applicant must have a Class 4 drivers licence and will be orientated to the lodge’s 18 passenger coach and its safety and policy procedures.

Habitat for Humanity – Volunteers are needed for three positions including ReStore delivery assistant, ReStore aisle helper and ReStore receiver. Training is provided. For any of these positions, please contact Colleen Suther, volunteer coordinator, at colleen@habitatmvi.org or call 250-758-8078.

Nanaimo Art Gallery Society – Volunteers with excellent communication skills and a friendly manner are required for Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. at the gallery’s Fifth Street location for approximately three months. Training will include a tour of the gallery, brochures to read, trial situations on how to answer phones, ring in sales and assisit workshop registrants. For more information, please call Chris Kuderle at chrisk@nanaimogallery.ca. As well, volunteers who are good with children and have an interest in art are needed for two hours every second Saturday  from 10 a.m. to noon at 150 Commercial St. Volunteers will be assisting the art education assistant teaching art to children ages five- to eight-years-old.  Training will be provided by a professional teacher and artist, and a criminal record check is required (paid for by the society.) Please e-mail info@nanaimogallery.ca to apply.

Georgia Strait Alliance – This organization requires a volunteer with some computer skills for data entry. Attention to detail is important. Twelve hours a month are required and volunteer can set hours anytime between Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Database training will be provided. Contact Donna or Cathy at 250-753-3459 or eimail cathy@georgiastrait.org.

Nanaimo Seniors Visiting Society – If you are interested in helping seniors who feel lonely or isolated, or may require assistance on outings, etc. this may be for you. If you have experience in fundraising or program delivery and public relations, all the better. Volunteers must complete an application form and submit  to a police record check and then have an interview. Please e-mail info@ntvs.ca with ‘volunteering for NSVS’ in the subject line.

Citizens on Patrol – Take an active role helping to reduce crime in your community. The Nanaimo COPs program, under the guidance of the RCMP, monitors areas requesting more patrolling to reduce crime.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome, and a commitment of one four-hour shift (usually Friday or Saturday night), and one Wednesday evening a month is requested. Options to cover special events are available too. Must be 19 years of age or older, be of good character and be able to pass an RCMP security screening. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Brian at bcornborough@shaw.ca.