Historically, the roots of Volunteer Lethbridge go back to 1981 and hence this important community development function has been continuously in existence. In 1981 the YWCA started the Lethbridge Volunteer Bureau as a three-year federally funded project under what eventually became Human Resources & Skills Development Canada. At the end of the funding in 1984, the YWCA facilitated the transformation of the project to the independent not-for-profit status that we currently maintain.
The first home of the Lethbridge Volunteer Bureau was in the McFarland Building, where the YWCA administration and program staff resided during the construction of the new facility at 604 8th Street S. The Volunteer Bureau moved, with the YWCA, into the new building in 1983 and lived there until it became independent, at which time it moved into a north side location with the Lethbridge Shopper. Renamed the Community Volunteer Centre in the late eighties the organization moved to the Bill Kergan Centre. In 2000 the organization was renamed Volunteer Lethbridge and in 2011 it moved to Deveta Place. A partnership struck with the University of Lethbridge saw a move in November 2013 to 324-5 Street South, Dr. Foster James Penny Building.
Over the years Volunteer Lethbridge has established a solid reputation as a leader in the voluntary and non-profit sector. Our services have grown and evolved over the years to meet the needs of our member agencies and individual volunteers in the community. Our core funding comes from FCSS (Family & Community Support Services) administered through the City of Lethbridge. We supplement our funding base with grants and fundraising projects. Volunteer Lethbridge has a strong partnership with the City of Lethbridge in order to provide Volunteer Services in our community.