What is volunteering?
Volunteering - giving your time to help individuals, businesses, and organizations but you do not get paid.
Benefits to volunteering:
- Build your Resume
- Gain local references for resume
- Gain work experience to put on resume
- Gain volunteer experience to put on your resume
- Improve speaking skills
- Gain more understanding about the Canadian Culture
- Gain self confidence
- Meet new people
- Gain a sense of belonging to a community
Where can I volunteer:
- In community organizations
- At a school
- At a hospital
- At a special event
- At home
- Over the internet
How do I start volunteering:
Step 1. What are you interested in?
Health care, office work, art, computers, daycare, driving, teaching, special events, sports, outdoors, working with elderly, working with immigrants, working with children, working with people with special needs, etc.
Step 2. Contact Volunteer Saskatoon at (306) 975- 3477 or browse current volunteer opportunities
When choosing volunteer opportunities consider these questions:
- Do I have means of transportation?
- How far can I travel?
- When can I volunteer?
- What is the length of time I am going to volunteer?
- How many hours a week can I give to volunteer?
- Is a police check required?
Step 3. Once you have chosen one or more volunteer opportunities call or email the contact person on the posting.
Step 4. Be prepared:
- Questions of yours & Questions of Theirs
- What are my rights and responsibilities?
- Building Blocks for Newcomers: A Guide on Volunteering introduces newcomers to the concept of volunteering and lists the benefits of community involvement. This resource provides tips and tools for getting involved.
More Great Information for New Comers
The Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Inc. works to promote and provide programs and services in the areas of multilingual education, equity and anti-racism, and performing arts in Saskatchewan. They offer employment services, youth summer programs, education, incredible art opportunities, and more.
The Saskatoon Open Door Society assists refugees and immigrants to become informed and effective participants in Canadian society. They offer daycare, language classes, employment services, they assist with settlement, and they offer family and youth programs.
The Global Gathering Place strives to enable full participation by newcomers in the Canadian society. They offer a socializing event called coffee and conversation, ESL classes, a women’s program, presentations, and a Sunday family program.
Resources for Organizations that Engage Newcomers as Volunteers
- OCVN Inventory of Resources
- Building Blocks for Engaging Newcomer Volunteers: AGuide for Organizations is a broadly accessible guide for voluntary organizations looking to engage newcomer volunteers. This guide consolidates current information and links organizations to pratical tools and resources.