At the Community Connector Volunteer Fair held at UPEI, organizations that depend on the work of volunteers met with students and others interested in making a difference in their community.
There are over 1,100 organizations on PEI that need volunteers for such activities as fund-raising, administrative support, social media work, advocacy, education, management, and leadership.
Bobby Chandler was a volunteer Firefighter for 26 years, and now he is one of eight full-time paid firefighters working for the City of Charlottetown. “My father was also a volunteer Firefighter, and now my son is as well. I took a lot of courses, and worked hard to get a career position.”
There are 34 fire stations across the province, with about 1,000 volunteers in total.
“There are currently 77 volunteer Firefighters in Charlottetown, and we want to keep that number,” says Cindy MacFayden. Volunteers go through an application process and attend fire school, followed by a written exam and a physical test to earn their Level 1 Firefighters certificate.
“It’s quite a commitment,” says Bobby. “It’s about three months of classroom training two evenings a week, and then field work on the weekends. But the satisfaction of helping someone is definitely worth it.”
The next intake for volunteer Firefighters will be in October 2018. An application package can be picked up at the fire station at 89 Kent Street, Charlottetown.
More organizations looking for volunteers
- Arthritis Society: Call 902-628-2288 or visit www.arthritis.ca
- Autism Society of PEI: Call 902-566-4844 or visit www.autismsociety.pe.ca
- Badminton PEI: Visit www.badmintonpei.weebly.com
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI: Visit www.bbbspei.ca
- Canadian Blood Services: Visit www.blood.ca
- Canadian Cancer Society: Search Relay for Life on Facebook. Visit www.cancer.ca to fill out a volunteer form.
- Canadian Red Cross: Visit the office at 29 Paramount Dr., Charlottetown or www.redcross.ca
- Charlottetown Kinsmen Club: [email protected] or www.charlottetownkin.com/join
- Community Volunteer Income Tax Program: www.canada.ca/taxes-volunteer
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada: Visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca
- East Prince Youth Development Centre: Call 902-436-2815 or visit www.epydc.org
- Engage PEI is looking for volunteers to serve on one of more than 70 boards, agencies, commissions or councils for the provincial government. They encourage men, women, and youth from across the Island to apply. Visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/engage-pei
- PEI Girl Guides: Email [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/GirlGuidesPEI/
- Habitat for Humanity: Email [email protected] or visit the Habitat Re-Store at 365 Mount Edward Road, Charlottetown or fill in an application online. Visit www.habitatpei.ca
- Health PEI: Volunteers are needed at West Prince Hospitals and long-term care homes. Contact Andrew Ramsay, Project Manager, Volunteer Services, 902-853-8692 or [email protected]. To apply, visit www.healthpei.ca/volunteer
- Heart & Stroke Foundation: Call 902-892-7441 or visit www.heartandstroke.ca
- Humane Society: Visit www.peihumanesociety.com
- Junior Achievement PEI: Call 902-892-6066 or [email protected]. Visit www.jacanada.org
- Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown: Visit www.facebook.com/Kiwanis-Club-of-Charlottetown-196823863669545/
- Learning Disabilities Association of PEI: Call 902-894-5032 or email [email protected]. Visit www.ldapei.ca
- Let’s Talk Science: Call 902-626-5840 ext. 0969 or email [email protected]. Visit outreach.letstalkscience.ca/upei
- PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada: Visit www.peianc.com
- Stars For Life Foundation: call 902-894-9286 or visit www.starsforlife.com