Volunteer Airdrie Society
Our Story Why We Exist
My name is Ryan, I’m 15 and I go to St Martin De Pores. I have been actively volunteering for 6 years through associations like Volunteer Airdrie, Ronald McDonald House, Airdrie Boys and Girls Club and Brown Bagging for Calgary’s kids.
The first time I volunteered I was 8. My mom brought me to an event at her Gap store, we were selling hot dogs and hamburgers to raise money for their lunch program with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. I spent my day asking people if they wanted to buy a lunch, and how one lunch for them equaled 5 lunches for kids in our schools.
Back then helping other people wasn’t the reason I volunteered, I volunteered because it was fun and I was hanging out with my family. Which in my opinion is the biggest reason for youth to start volunteering. Even for myself - only until recently did I look at volunteering as not only a way to have fun but to help people.
Once I hit the 7th grade I started volunteering on my own, mainly with my school. My best friend Justin and I were the tech leads in our student council at OLQP. Every day we’d volunteer our lunch hours and spare time where we ran our school We Day Program, built a school in Haiti and much more. I am proud to say we ended up raising over 10 000 dollars as a student council to build a school. Because of my volunteering at school I was nominated for the Junior Leaders of Tomorrow Award by my Vice Principal.
My family and I were invited to the Propellus Gala dinner where I was recognized for my volunteering. The part I remember most about the evening was meeting fellow award winners and hearing their volunteer story. And how it felt to tell my own.
Only until recently has volunteering for me turned into helping people while having fun - instead of having fun while helping people. Even if the difference between the two may seem small, it is actually massive and here is why.
When a person is having fun while helping people; they are volunteering to have fun and they just end up helping and it’s as simple as that. But when a person realizes that they can actually help people while having fun, they will find the true meaning of volunteering.
Volunteers are needed in every community in an informal capacity, like helping your neighbours, and formal capacities to keep organizations up and running. According to the City of Airdrie’s Social Needs Assessment survey in 2014, only 32% of Airdrians currently volunteer, compared to 47% nationally and 55% provincially.
Our Impact What We Do
We promote lifelong volunteerism, raise awareness of the power of service, educate, and inform people about opportunities to serve through volunteerism. We build the capacity for effective local volunteering by providing organizations with resources and training in volunteer management. Therefore, Volunteering Airdrie contributes to the vitality and quality of life of the community and provides individuals with opportunities for personal growth and development through volunteering.
Our Mission: Encouraging, advocating and promoting volunteerism resulting in a healthier and more successful community.
Our Vision: Strengthening our community through volunteerism.
For every 1% increase in volunteer participation, our community’s social programs receive the equivalent of $1.3 million to $2.1 million of social capital investment, which is the estimated value of the 86,000 hours per year of time that an additional 550 volunteers provide.
Also, the volunteers benefit from community involvement, as many studies have shown improved physical, mental and social welfare is correlated to volunteerism. These preventive benefits directly impact and reduce the demands on our provincial healthcare system, social services & unemployment safety nets and law enforcement costs.
Our Programs How We Do It
We encourage informal and formal volunteering among people of all ages, especially families and youth, in order to strengthen our community. We attend community events and complete presentations in schools in order to provide information regarding the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities that are available in our community.
We provide organizations with resources and training in volunteer management in order to improve their volunteer programs and the opportunity to utilize our volunteer recruitment assistance. We post their volunteer opportunities on our website, post about the opportunity on our various social media platforms, market their opportunities at our table at events, and direct potential volunteers who contact us to these organizations that have volunteer positions that are appropriate for the volunteer.
The Benefits of Volunteering: If you're one of the 13.3 million Canadians who volunteer, you may already know that volunteering is as beneficial to you as it is to the causes you care the most about. If not, here are ten reasons to volunteer:
- Volunteering is good for your mental health.
- Volunteering is good for your physical health.
- Volunteering is good for your self-confidence.
- Volunteering can fight depression.
- Volunteering expands your social network.
- Volunteering can help you develop new skills.
- Volunteering can help you put existing skills to work.
- Volunteering can advance your career.
- Volunteering can expose you to new career options.
- Volunteering can make a difference in causes that are important to you.
Our Requests What You Can Do
We challenge YOU to make the difference in 2015! We take volunteering seriously! We encourage it. We nurture it. We celebrate it.
- I will volunteer at least once a month for the remainder of 2015!
- I will volunteer at least 10 hours a month for the remainder of 2015!
- I will volunteer for at least 3 events in 2015!
- I will volunteer at least 100 hours in 2015!
YOU can make the difference by supporting our efforts within the community.
By donating to Volunteer Airdrie, you are making an investment in the long term benefits associated with increased volunteerism in your own community. In addition, Volunteer Airdrie can provide you with a tax deductible receipt for your donation, as we are a registered Canadian charity.
- You can donate to Volunteer Airdrie at Canada Helps or mail a cheque to:
- P.O. Box 80024, Downtown RPO, Airdrie, AB, T4B 2V8
If you would like to learn more about how you can help us in strengthening volunteerism in Airdrie, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you for your support!