VOLUNTEERS: Host of volunteers needed for mental health ride

NANAIMO – The following are opportunities at Volunteer Nanaimo. For more information, please call 250-758-7121.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Volunteers are needed for the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride June 23 at Maffeo Sutton Park. People with Foodsafe certification are needed to help with food from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; others can help with registration, set up and take down, prizes and flagging the bike route. To volunteer, please call Gwen at 250-758-1803 or e-mail gvonarx3@gmail.com.


Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society – Volunteers with communication skills and walking ability are needed for the July 21 Silly Boat Regatta. Commitment is between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to work a minimum of two hours as face painters, greeters, event set up/take down and cleanup. Must be physically able to do these tasks. Volunteer orientation is July 17 at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Please call Michelle Kocourek at 250-753-0251, ext. 227, or e-mail michelle@nanaimocdc.com.


Genome B.C. – Summer camp facilitator needed for Aug. 5-9. Volunteer with upper level undergraduate courses in science, education or criminology required full time for this summer camp week. Discussion and explanation of tasks by e-mail. Meeting takes place day before camp to go over volunteer manual. Please contact Carolina Novoa by e-mail at cnovoa@genomebc.ca with your resumé, or call 1-604-675-1029.

YANA (You Are Not Alone) – Visitor volunteers (with/or without a pet are 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.


Scouts Canada –  The First Nanaimo Cub Scouts are looking for activity leaders to assist in providing programs to boys and girls eight to 10 years of age. A knowledge of crafts, games,and outdoor skills are needed approximately two hours per week. A criminal record check is required. Mentorship and training is provided. Please contact Melissa Braun at mbraun@scouts.ca or call 250-668-0983.


Catnap Society – Volunteers needed to spend time with cats in the adoption centre at the PetSmart store in north Nanaimo. Foster homes are also needed for rescued cats until they are ready for adoption; The society supplies everything the cat needs, but volunteers must have their own transportation and be over 17 to help in the adoption program. A commitment of three hours a week is needed. To help, please call Karen at 250-741-4140, Barbara at 1-250-947-9404 or e-mail catnapinfo@shaw.ca.


Seaside Community Society – Volunteers interested in undertaking the restoration and upkeep of the garden at Costin Hall, 7232 Lantzville Rd., are needed. Garden tools and materials, plants, fertilizer etc., are provided and basement storage is available. Interested volunteers should contact George Norris at 250-585-3601 or e-mail grnorris@shaw.ca.


Nanaimo Senior Visiting Program –Telephone callers, in-home visitors for seniors and drivers for seniors program are needed. Resume and RCMP criminal record check are required from volunteer. Contact program coordinator Cathy Robson at 250-756-9455.