Hey Badgers! Are you looking to gain some experience in your intended career of choice? Want to keep busy and productive over reading week or summer break? Need some relevant experience to put on your resume? There are plenty of local volunteer opportunities right here in the Brock-Niagara region, and lots that most people don’t know about. Here are some hidden volunteer gems Canada-wide, locally, and specific to Brock.
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system are one of the leading causes of mortality in Canada, next to cancer. A variety of opportunities are available from office administration to running events and raising public awareness. Whether you want to practice your leadership skills or help raise money to advance research, there’s an opportunity that’ll suit you with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. You can volunteer for February’s Heart Month or help out during the spring when Big Bike events run. For more information about potential volunteer opportunities, you can go here.
If you want to sign up to volunteer, click here.
Canadian Cancer Society
If you’re passionate about public health and health education and awareness, consider volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society. They strive to raise awareness and push for policy change that can They have a number of opportunities available from working on committees or at events like Relay For Life, to helping out at a local office doing administrative work. You can help with April’s Daffodil month fundraising or you can advocate for public health policy in your community. If you want to see what opportunities might suit you, just go here.
If you want to sign up to volunteer, just click here.
Autism Ontario runs programs provides resources for families and individuals impacted by ASD. They run social and recreational programs specialized for ASD children, summer camp, and run various fundraising events throughout the year. They also look for administrative volunteers, special event volunteers and more commitment heavy year round committee volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering with Autism Ontario, volunteer opportunities for the Niagara Region can be found here.
The Niagara Health System (NHS)
If you’re a student interested in medical sciences, the Niagara Health System is the ideal volunteer opportunity for you. NHS volunteer locations can be found all over the Niagara region in many different areas of work. Interested applicants must submit a volunteer form, an interview, and reference checks and are also required to fulfill a minimum amount of time . More details can be found here.
Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara (LDANR)
The LDANR is a local association that runs programs promoting reading and learning in young children with learning disabilities. If you’re a ConEd major or plan on going to teacher’s college, this is a good place to gain some experience. They also have fundraiser’s and other events that you can help with, if you prefer. LDANR offers a variety of programs like Reading Rocks, a literacy program, or C.H.A.M.P.S., a homework assistance program.
Most of the programs begin in the fall, each running for different intervals throughout the school year. For more information, click here.
Did you know that Brock Student Life and Community Experience has a number of volunteer opportunities that run throughout the year? Brock Cares Alternative Reading Week happens in both the October and February reading weeks. Students have the opportunity to stay local and help out at certain locations in St. Catharines. There’s also the option of volunteering internationally with Habitat for Humanity to build houses or teaching English in another country with Outreach360
In addition, there’s a Brock Cares Day of Service where students go to several locations throughout the area and do some volunteering for half a day. This year’s Day of Service happened on September 20th, but you can stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities with SLCE by signing up for the volunteer distribution list here.
There we go! Hopefully you’ve found some interesting volunteer opportunities about a topic you’re passionate about. So Badgers, get out there and contribute to your community, gain some valuable experience, and make the most out of your time here at Brock! (I know that sounded pretty cheesy. Just roll with it.) Seriously, it’s a great experience to have and it’ll definitely be worth it.
See you next time!