It's about gaining something from your time, not giving something for nothing
While we benefit from the skills, experience, and enthusiasm of volunteers, we believe that volunteers should be able to gain personal benefits from the experience too.
We have recently revamped our volunteer program and we are now recruiting volunteers on a three month rotating cycle. The process includes recruitment, training and orientation. We also offer shorter volunteer options that don't require lengthy training and commitment.
We have opportunities for community members to volunteer and work with adults, youth or in a more general capacity. Volunteer opportunities are coordinated by program staff, who manage individual volunteer positions to encourage community involvement in the agency.
Current Volunteer Positions:
Volunteer Support Worker - Community Re-entry Support Program
The Volunteer Support Worker will work closely and in a collaborative way with the Community Re-entry Support and Adult Services Teams and in conjunction with the broader CJHS Team and the community to ensure incarcerated individuals have access to resource information, community and natural supports, document assistance, and basically a link to the community that can eliminate and/or reduce barriers to social exclusion upon transition to community. Written requests for assistance will be will be assigned to the Volunteer to follow up and will include responding with requested information, document assistance and referrals to enhance likelihood of success upon reintegration into the community.
Volunteer - Learning Enhancement and Employment Program
The LEEP Volunteer will work directly with the people we serve offering guidance, information, and support. You will be supported by a Volunteer Supervisor. Time will be committed to your personal development and will include supervision, support, appraisal and training plans.
Volunteer Tutor - Literacy Program
The Volunteer Tutor will work with foundational learners who wish to improve their literacy skills or who wish to work towards a specific learning goal that requires improved literacy. Learners will be matched with a Volunteer Tutor by the Literacy Coordinator and a collaborative approach will be taken to ensure a mutually agreed upon learning plan can be arranged. Learning sessions will be scheduled based on the learner and Volunteer Tutor's availability and will take place at the agency main office unless an alternate community location is more feasible.
Volunteer - Pathways to Employment
The Pathway to Employment Program is looking for a caring and committed volunteer to offer guidance, information, and support to individuals who are looking for employment. The volunteer, in conjunction with program staff, will assist individuals in creating resumes, job searching, and increasing their digital literacy skills. The position may also require assisting the Employment Facilitator in facilitating employment readiness group sessions. These sessions will be planned between the volunteer and program staff in advance.
Culinary Night Volunteer - Berkana House
The Culinary Night Volunteer will work collaboratively with the women at Berkana House to develop the skills necessary to plan and prepare healthy, affordable meals while developing strong budgeting and money management skills. You will be supported by a Volunteer Supervisor. Time will be committed to your personal development and will include supervision, support, appraisal and training plans.
Social Club Volunteer - Berkana House
The women at Berkana House gather every Wednesday for an evening of prosocial activities. The Volunteer will work directly with them to give them the opportunity to meet together, discuss issues they are facing in their reintegration and learn how to take part in drug and alcohol free activities. You will be supported by a Volunteer Supervisor. Time will be committed to your personal development and will include supervision, support, appraisal and training plans.
Volunteer Mentor - Youth Residential Services
The Mentor will work directly with the people we serve offering support, information and guidance to all aspects of development of daily life skills as the youth accesses the community and builds independence. You will be supported by a Volunteer Supervisor. Time will be committed to your personal development and will include supervision, support, appraisal and training plans.
We believe volunteers fulfil a unique role in our agency in providing a natural support between the person served and the agency. Volunteers also enhance the understanding of crime prevention and restorative justice in the community.
Interested in applying? Please complete the Volunteer Application Form, and send it [email protected] with the volunteer position in the subject matter. You can also mail the application form to 917-9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB. T2G 0S5