It’s 2017, which means Canada is about to celebrate a big milestone… turning 150! (We sure look great for our age, don’t we?) This July 1st, Canadians all across the country will come together for fireworks and celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The even better news is, if you feel like celebrating all year long, you can! There are over 200 volunteer centres across the country challenging Canadians to volunteer for 150 hours this year. This is only a few hours above the yearly Canadian average of 143 hours per year.
How to Get Involved in Waterloo Region:
Firstly, register at the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area! You can also register as a family or group. Then, take a look at the many different charities in the area and find one that grabs your interest! The Volunteer Action Centre has a great online search to help you narrow down a position based on your interests, skills, and so on. You can also narrow the search based on where you are in the Region, as well as how long you are able to volunteer.
What Kinds of Positions are Available?
The kinds of positions you will see will vary greatly depending on your interests, when and how long you are able to volunteer, and any special skills you may possess! However, these positions can help give you a sense of what sorts of volunteer opportunities are out there:
- Cat care provider at Pet Patrol Inc.
- Program Assistant at Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region
- Adaptive Ice Skating Coaches at SkateABLE
- Infant Room Volunteer at Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
- Syrian Children childminding and Day Trip volunteers at Reception House Waterloo Region
- French Immersion Tutor at Kitchener Public Library
- Occasional Meals on Wheels Driver at Community Support Connections- Meals on Wheels
- Hospitality- Food Services Associate at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region
- Translator- English to Arabic at The Multicultural Theatre Space
- and so much more!
Remember that choosing an organization or position that you feel passionate about is one way to ensure that you have a positive impact. Stick to your limits- 150 hours may not be possible for everyone! The idea behind Canada 150 for 150 is creating a legacy of volunteerism, rather than a mad dash until the goal is “completed.” So, if you’re interested… get active, get involved, and celebrate Canada 150 by working to make Waterloo Region reflect the kind of world you want to live in!