At the 2019 Volunteer Fair held at UPEI, representatives from 30 non-profit organizations were looking for volunteers. Many said volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, gain work experience, and develop incredible connections.
For more information about volunteer opportunities on PEI, visit www.volunteerpei.ca.
Volunteering leads to employment
Julia Hartley earned an undergraduate degree in health promotion and then took a Masters in Public Health through distance education from Lakehead University. “After graduation, I needed work experience,” says Julia. “Volunteering is great because it gets your foot in the door and helps you make local connections.”
From 2016 to 2018, Julia volunteered with the PEI Tobacco Reduction Alliance as a board member and youth vaping initiatives. “From the experience of being on the board, I made great contacts with the PEI health promotion department and with non-profits.”
Julia was offered a position with the PEI Lung Association, which had funding to cover a part-time position. She approached SkillsPEI and found she was eligible for the Graduate Mentorship program, which offers a wage subsidy to help unemployed recent post-secondary graduates develop new skills and gain work experience in their field of study.
“I presented the idea to the Lung Association board, and we were able to get funding for a full-time position for the first year. Often, you need to do a bit of digging on your own to find out if there is funding available to make your employment more desirable to the employer.
“I am really excited to have found a position where I can help improve the health of Islanders through local programming and advocate for improvements to treatment for Islanders with lung conditions like COPD.”
For more about the PEI Lung Association, visit www.lung.ca.
For more about the SkillsPEI Graduate Mentorship program, visit www.skillspei.ca.
PEI volunteer organizations that attended the 2019 fair and are looking for volunteers:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI – call 902-569-5437 – www.bbbspei.ca
Camp Triumph needs volunteers to run online fundraising campaigns and counsellors for summer 2020 www.camptriumph.ca
Canada Revenue Agency is recruiting volunteer tax preparers. 1-800-959-8281 – www.canada.ca/taxes-volunteer
CIBC Run for the Cure needs volunteers to assist with fundraising activities such as the Canadian Cancer Society’s CIBC Run for the Cure – www.cibcrunforthecure.com/volunteer
CNIB needs volunteers for their “Vision Mate” program, to meet with a client with vision loss to socialize or to help with things such as reading or going for walks. www.cnib.ca/en?region=pe
East Prince Youth Development Centre needs volunteers to help at their front desk and to help with presentation of Eddie May Mystery Dinner Theater – 902-436-2815 – www.epydc.org
Heart and Stroke Foundation needs volunteers for various events – www.heartandstroke.ca
Hospice PEI needs volunteers for bedside, music care, flower decorating, baking, fundraising, and grief support – Queens: 902-368-4095 – East Prince: 902-438-4231 – www.hospicepei.com or on Facebook
Junior Achievement of PEI needs volunteers for classroom sessions – 902-892-6066 – www.jacanada.org/pei
Kids Code Jeunesse needs volunteers to help for in-class workshops or for events – no coding experience required – www.kidscodejeunesse.org
Learning Disabilities Association PEI needs a volunteer Social Media Coordinator, Tutoring Scheduler, and Fundraiser – www.ldapei.ca
Let’s Talk Science needs volunteers for science-related education working with children and to help with events – www.outreach.letstalkscience.ca/upei
PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada needs volunteers for their Community Engagement Programs – www.peianc.com
PEERS Alliance needs volunteers for 2SLGBT+ Youth group facilitators and events – www.peersalliance.ca/home
Prince County Hospital needs volunteers for various positions within the hospital. www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/volunteer-with-health-PEI
SAFE – Sober and Friendly Environment needs volunteers for drop-in centre for youth with addictions or homeless – 902-218-6171 – www.safepei.ca
St. John Ambulance needs volunteer medical responders to provide First Aid services at a wide variety of public events. First Aid training provided. Toll free: 1-800-565-5056 ext. 92302 – [email protected] – www.sja.ca
UPEI Bahai Association needs volunteers to mentor junior high students – helping them in literacy, to plan service projects, create art and build friendships – 902-217-5780 [email protected]
UPEI International Student Office needs students for language partners, tax volunteers, Buddy program, etc. www.facebook.com/groups/upeiinternational
UPEI Mental Health Week Jan. 27-31, 2020 needs volunteers to staff booths, set up for events, welcome guests – 902-566-0488 – [email protected]
UPEI Student Union volunteer positions are posted at www.upeisu.ca
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) needs volunteers to help the executive committee with events such as fundraisers, awareness campaigns, movie night, etc www.facebook.com/groups/336791649797520/
YCAN (YMCA Community Action Network) seeking passionate youth ages 15 to 21 to partake in a service project to better our community – 902-393-4324 – [email protected] – www.ymcagta.org/youth-programs/action/ymca-community-action-network