Volunteer Opportunities

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We routinely have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

  • Employee Campaign Chair – Help get the good vibes flowing from your co-workers!
  • Hurricanes Volunteers – United Way will be at each home game of the Hurricanes regular season to raffle off an autographed jersey.
  • Poverty Simulation – An experiential learning opportunity that helps people understand what life can be like for about 12 per cent of Lethbridge residents living below or near the poverty line.
  • Other Opportunities – Office Volunteers, Board Directors and Committee Members.

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Volunteer Opportunities

This project can be worked on independently, or in a group of up to 4 individuals, on Monday, February 24 at the United Way office. United Way’s Poverty Simulation is an interactive learning experience where people have the opportunity to see what life can be like for about 12% of Lethbridge residents living with low incomes. The kit is composed of various props and laminated pieces representing identification, personal possessions, money and more. There are envelopes for 26 different families and 20 volunteer stations. After each simulation, the pieces must be sorted and placed back into their original envelopes. Volunteers will help to first unpack the envelopes used in the previous simulation, sort kit pieces, alphabetize pieces when necessary, and finally re-pack envelopes according to the simulation master list. United Way staff will be available at all times and will assist with re-printing pieces as needed. The United Way office is located on the upper floor and IS wheelchair accessible. The United Way office IS accessible by public transit. Please contact Connolly at 403-327-1700 or together@lethbridgeunitedway.ca to volunteer for this project.
  United Way’s Allocations Committee is the group of community volunteers who help decide where to direct United Way funding each year. Volunteers are responsible for reading and reviewing the applications for funding United Way receives from local charities seeking funds to operate programs for people and families. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about programs offered by organizations in Lethbridge and south western Alberta, and provides a great deal of insight into the needs of local communities. Following an orientation session in early April, each volunteer will review and evaluate 6-8 applications over the course of 3-4 weeks. Volunteers then come together in small groups to discuss and share their thoughts. A final meeting of all committee members will be held in late-May or early-June to determine which organizations will be recommended to receive funds. The list of recommended programs and organizations will be reviewed by United Way's board of directors, and adjusted if needed before being approved. In all, volunteers can expect to invest 20-30 hours of time over the course of 6-8 weeks. Position Based Requirements: A good understanding of the English language is needed. Some charity background or knowledge will be helpful. Knowledge of existing community programs will be helpful. An understanding of financial statements will be helpful. Access to a computer with an internet connection will be needed. Ability to travel to the United Way office 2-3 times for evening and/or weekend meetings. Orientation and group meetings will be held at the United Way office (#203 B, 542 - 7 St. S.). Reading can be done from home. The United Way office is accessible by public transit, and is wheelchair accessible. To apply to join the committee: Please express interest by emailing together@lethbridgeunitedway.ca with your resume and references. Wondering if it's a good fit for you? Feel free to call or email us with questions.   We thank all volunteers for their interest, however, committee size is limited. Please consider re-applying in future years!
United Way is seeking new faces for its Board of Directors! United Way's purpose is to raise funds to support essential local programs at United Way Partner Agencies. We provide grants to programs that target poverty reduction, building healthy families and strong communities, and helping children and youth be all they can be. United Way works with local companies to facilitate payroll deduction donations for employees. Many small donations over time add up to BIG change. United Way also accepts donations from generous individuals and corporations to fuel change through collective impact. The Board of Directors is proud of United Way's impact on people, and in communities across South Western Alberta. If you are passionate, and love to see positive changes where you live, read on! United Way Board members are dedicated and skilled in their work, and provide clear and consistent leadership. The Board assumes both a mandatory role, based on legal requirements of boards of directors, and also a chosen role, based on the board model it has elected for itself. The board's chosen role includes: Governance: Developing policies that give overall direction to United Way. Management: Taking action and making decisions to ensure that resources are available for United Way to accomplish its work. Operations: The day-to-day operations of United Way are the responsibility of the Director of Operations, who reports to the Board of Directors. United Way Board Directors put forth their best efforts to: Attend and participate in board meetings, committee meetings, and special events. Make an annual personal financial contribution at a level that is meaningful to them. Actively participate in donor acquisition and fund development when and where possible. Serve on at least one committee of the board Strive to keep abreast of trends, issues and developments that may affect the organization and the community. Stay informed about what is going on in the organization, ask questions, and request information when needed. Publicly represent the organization in a positive, supportive manner. Bring a sense of humour and active listening in meetings, and open-mindedly consider the opinions and concerns of others. Time Commitment: Directors may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms according to the organization's bylaws. The Board of Directors meets once per month for 1-2 hours. Committees of the board meet 6-12 times per year for 1-2 hours. Volunteer support or Board member attendance is occasionally requested for special events or projects Additional time requirements vary depending on the time of year. How to Apply: Complete a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION with your cover letter, resume and references before January 30, 2020, or email your cover letter, resume and references to together@lethbridgeunitedway.ca. The United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta is committed to equity and diversity. The number of available director positions is limited, however all interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to apply.
  At each home game of the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2019-2020 Regular Season, United Way will be at the Enmax Centre, hosting a raffle to raise funds to support essential community programs! Volunteers work in teams of two or three to assist with raffle ticket sales to fans along the concourse and in the stands. Ticket sales take place before the game and during the two intermissions. Admission to the game is covered for volunteers. It's a great way to support the community and catch some Hurricanes action at the same time! This season, we're encouraging volunteers to commit to three or more HOME games throughout the season. The 2019-2020 season runs Sept. 20 - March 20. This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals who are outgoing and enthusiastic, since it involves active sales. Volunteers should be comfortable standing and walking for moderate periods of time. Some stairs may be involved. Cash handling and basic math skills for change-making are needed. AGLC permits minors under the age of 18 to sell raffle tickets. For safety and security, United Way encourages volunteers under the age of 18 to sign up with a familiar adult. Those interested should sign up by contacting Connolly at 403-327-1700 or together@lethbridgeunitedway.ca. Please view the Hurricanes Game Schedule for available dates where Lethbridge is the home team.