VOLUNTEERS: Help needed for Big Bike ride

Positions available for willing volunteers

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.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon – The foundation is looking for volunteers who are able to read and write English and have legible handwriting for the Big Bike event on Dunsmuir Street. Volunteers will support the June 16-17 event with registration, handouts, incentives, etc for a four-to six-hour shift. Those interested, can contact Marica Benvin at 250-754-5274 or e-mail her at mbenvin@hsf.bc.ca.

Parent Support Services Society of B.C. – Volunteers with good listening skills, a mature and caring attitude, basic understanding of child development and parenting issues, who would like to support grandparents raising their grandchildren are needed. Initial training will be held in Victoria June 24-26. Ongoing support is also provided. For more information, please call Sandi Halvorson at 1-877-345-9777, ext. 3.

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.