5 Ways to Volunteer in Winnipeg

December 6, 2018

Whether you're new to Winnipeg, you're looking to meet new people, keep active, learn new skills or you just have some free time; volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your community. Whatever you are into there are a variety of projects to choose from that may suit your skills and hobbies or help you learn new ones. This can be especially useful for filling out your resume or college applications. Below we have put together five great ways to volunteer in Winnipeg.

1. Provide social companionship to older adults living in Winnipeg

A&O support services for Older Adults has been providing specialized social services to older adults since 1957! This a fun way to make a big difference to an older adult living in our community with a minimum commitment of just one hour a week in the morning or afternoon. Volunteers should have strong conversational and interpersonal skills as you will be working independently.  You can expect this time to be spent playing cards, reading a book or the newspaper to your new friend or just having a casual conversation. For more information, contact Anita at AAdams@aosuuportservices.ca or call 204-956-6440.

2. Donate blood plasma and save lives while getting paid at Prometic Plasma Resources in Winnipeg

Saving a life has to be one of the most fulfilling outcomes of volunteering and whats more? You can  make some extra money while doing so. Prometic Plasma Resources has been collecting blood plasma in Winnipeg to help improve or save lives of those suffering from life-threatening blood disorders for the last few years with great success.  Volunteers do need to be 18 years of age or older to donate as well as be in good health and meet minimum weight restrictions. These measures help ensure that donating is safe for you and those receiving products produces from your plasma. The amount of times you would like to donate depends on your availability but your blood plasma can only be used once you have donated for the second time. Frequest donations can earn you $200 or more per month. For more information contact plasma@prometic.com or call 204-275-4630.

3. Get the word out about lost of found dogs in Winnipeg

This one is for you animal lovers, Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert have over 12,000 followers on their Facebook page and are constantly looking for volunteers to help with their Facebook page administration, creation of newsletters, fundraising and of course finding the dogs! This project would require someone who is able to navigate the world of social media, dedicate a minimum of 6 hours a week and be patient and empathetic. This is a very rewarding opportunity to help lost dogs get home to their families. For more information please contact recruit@winnipeglostdogalert.com or find them on Facebook.

4. Provide a safe space for individuals at risk in the community

This is an opportunity to really get involved in your community by joining the Main Street Project which comprises of an emergency shelter, a drop-in centre, a detox unit and a transitional housing space. The position has lots of opportunity for creativity and day to day tasks would involve organising a variety of activities and workshops from bingo, exercise, arts & crafts, cooking and much more. You would need to commit to at least one day a week for a minimum of 2 hour shift and would in return gain experience related to support work, mental health issues and Winnipeg's marginalized population. For more information please contact jparaiso@mainstreetproject.ca or call 204-982-8242.

5. Help deliver little gifts to babies in need

You Cant Spoil A Baby (YCSAB) is a volunteer network in Manitoba that create, collect and deliver custom gifts of pre-loved baby clothes and items to families in need. There are many opportunities to be a part of this project from gift coordination, collections, deliveries and gift making. You can get involved as much as your time will allow and in return you will gain priceless experience in coordination, time management, interpersonal skills and social work. All volunteers will need to read a simple online training module before you can begin your rewarding journey with YCSAB. For more information please visit the YCSAB website.

For more volunteer opportunities in and around Winnipeg please visit the Volunteer Manitoba website which is a great hub of information for many organisations who are in need of volunteers i across many audiences and sectors.