Volunteer centers provide human capital for essential services

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Why are volunteer centers important for communities? What are the benefits of contacting your local volunteer center when exploring volunteer interests? How can centers make your experience more efficient?

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Volunteer centers provide the human capital necessary to provide the essential services of community organizations. The centers support diverse populations in communities by engaging them in meaningful opportunities that build skills, employment readiness, networks and social awareness. We help build vibrant communities through civic engagement, within a framework of diversity and inclusiveness, while providing training and education to voluntary sector leaders, community members and nonprofit organizations . We provide opportunities for youth leadership, retirement engagement, newcomer engagement, volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition.

The staff of the volunteer centers are made up of specialists in the field of volunteer management and engagement, educated and trained to offer quality programs and inform communities about current legislation and best practices. Volunteer Centers help organizations manage risk and adopt policies to help maintain safe, vibrant, volunteer-led organizations and communities. When volunteers are properly recruited, trained, engaged and supported, their contribution to communities is invaluable.

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Many people struggle to find the perfect fit, given their schedule, areas of interest, and skills. Centers staff interview and match based on all of the above, the volunteer experience should be positive and enjoyable. Matching volunteers to agencies and positions is our core work based on years of experience, contact us today to start the process.

Volunteer opportunities to choose from include:

Trenton Golden Hawks are currently looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of positions at home games including Usher, Merchandise Sales, Ticket Sales and 50/50.

The Children’s Foundation is looking for volunteers on October 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to distribute purple ribbons at the Wellington Dukes Dress Purple Game

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We are looking for volunteers to help the Curator of the MILL of Stirling located in the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library. The hours are Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The duties require the ability to work with the public, computer skills and some experience with musical instruments. There is also a continued need for trained volunteers to work with the curator in the maintenance and repair of instruments. Volunteers are also needed to transport and return musical instruments between the MILL in Stirling and the Belleville Public Library.

BCT is looking for volunteer drivers to transport people in the Hastings and PEC area to medical appointments in Belleville, Kingston, Ottawa, Toronto, (etc.) and surrounding areas. These errands may also include stops for the necessities of life such as the pharmacy, grocery store, bank or post office. Mileage will be reimbursed.

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Quinte Immigration Services Ukraine Assistance Group is looking for volunteers for translation and interpretation. Volunteers who can speak Ukrainian, Polish and Russian will assist individuals and families new to the community.

Reaching for Rainbows is currently looking for volunteers to help out by spending a few hours a week to support programming. Tasks include engaging in conversation, reading, singing, preparing snacks and playing games with the young girls participating in the program. Volunteers were keen to support positive and fun directions!

VON Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers and passengers to deliver meals to customers. Volunteer at least once a week for one hour on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. Drivers are also required for their transport program on local and long distance routes.

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Regent Theater is looking for people to help around the theater with odd jobs. If you’re interested in getting involved but aren’t sure what you want to do, this is the place to apply!

The John Howard Society is looking for volunteers for its drop-in centre. As a volunteer, you will be required to assist staff with tasks such as responding to shower and laundry requests, greeting and gathering customer information at the main entrance, and maintaining a relaxed approach in the walk-in environment .

Links to Learning is currently looking for volunteers to help with its individual reading program. This program takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. High schools looking for volunteers are welcome.

Community Care Central Hastings is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to seniors at their homes on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers must have their own vehicle, time commitment can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

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Habitat For Humanity ReStore is looking for volunteers to help prepare goods for sale (cleaning and simple repairs), create floor displays, customer service, housekeeping, loading and unloading of donations, and prep of certain items for recycling or disposal.

Prince Edward Community Care needs volunteers to help out in the thrift store at 153 Main Street in Picton. Shifts are three hours per week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No experience is necessary, full orientation and training is offered. There are always experienced volunteers on site. All pandemic safety measures are in place. Items include cash register and sorting and pricing items. Community Care is in particular need of volunteers to work a Saturday shift.

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The Community Development Council is looking for volunteers to participate in the weekly Good Food Box program. Volunteers will assist with the unloading of food to pack the food baskets and load the filled baskets into the delivery vehicles. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Community Care for Senior Prince Edward County is looking for a Meals on Wheels Volunteer. Volunteers will deliver hot meals to customers’ doorsteps on weekdays. A flexible shift is available, whether it’s once a week or once a month, a schedule will be set up that works for you. You must have your own vehicle.

Regent Theater is looking for people to help us around the theater with odd jobs. If you’re interested in getting involved but aren’t sure what you want to do for us, this is the place to apply!

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VIQ is currently looking for people interested in volunteering at Charity Bingos. Duties include bingo reminders, payment assistance and game monitoring. Both morning and main bingo slots are available. If you are 16 or older and want to support charities, please get in touch. All security protocols are strictly followed.

Volunteering and Information HPE refers volunteers to more than 275 agencies in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to meet the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at www.viq.ca for more information on volunteer opportunities. THE RIGHT PERSON, IN THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME. Volunteering and Information HPE is a member agency of United Way HPE.

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