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

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 – A great telephone manner and a smile are the requirements for this short-term special event project for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Training and a script will be provided. It is for two-to-four hours per week during the four weeks of July. If you can help, please contact Tana at 250-754-5274 or e-mail mbenvin@hsf.bc.ca.


Meal Exchange – Local food champion volunteers are needed to form a team or teams to go out into the community to spread awareness and register people for National BBQ day July 13. Volunteers will schedule a weekly check-in with Meal Exchange National to update progress and promote the day through social media, word of mouth, etc. A tool kit is provided, as are connections with local Meal Exchange to lead volunteers. Please contact Praan Misir with a resumè before July 13 to 1-416-657-4489, ext. 2 or e-mail praan@mealexchange.com.


Mountain Fire Protection District Society – Society is seeking an office administrator with computer skills, knowledge of accounting/accounting programs, spread sheets and office routine. Complete training from trustee currently performing the duties will take place. This would require a commitment of five to10 hours per week.  Please contact Pudge Pinker at 250-619-7721.


Haven Society – Haven is looking for volunteers who would like to work the front desk. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in working for a non-profit agency and in various administrative roles.  Volunteers must be comfortable answering phones and welcoming clients and visitors to Haven. The role requires four hours per week and training is given. If you are interested in learning more, please e-mail Ciara at ciara@havensociety.com or check our www.havensociety.com.


Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre – Volunteers are required to greet walk-in clients, answer phones, take messages, provide information and referrals and process parking permit applications.  All training is provided and the volunteer will always have support staff nearby. A commitment of four hours a week for six months minimum is preferred due to training required.  A criminal record check is required and paid for by NDRC. Please call Christina at 250-758-5547 between Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.


Youth Sticking Together – At least 40 volunteers are required for this Guinness Book of World Record attempt for the world’s longest floor hockey game at Frank Crane Arena Aug. 9 -11. Availabble positions inlclude a site crew and runners to keep the area clean, refill water bottles, food runners, registration, greeters, info workers and donations area. Floor hockey players – a minimum of 16 years – are also needed to play in the event. Please contact Tania Brzovic at 250-740-2792 or e-mail her at cycworker@yahoo.com.


Vancouver Island Exhibition – The VIEX Association is looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to help at the Aug. 16-18 fair. Volunteers have a chance to meet new people and be part of the community spirit of Nanaimo. They also receive a free T-shirt, food voucher after four hours volunteering, free admission to the fair the day of volunteering and an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party. Some are required to assist prior to and following the fair. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. Volunteers can choose work shifts four hours or more.  Please call Shirley at 250-816-1749 or Jessi at 250-758-3247 Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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.


Big Brothers Big Sisters CVI – Volunteers with fundraising and special events experience is needed. Time commitment is four to six hours a month would be appreciated. Please call Denise at 250‑756‑2447 or e-mail denise@bigscvi.ca.