volunteering-in-lethbridge

Get Connected to More Volunteer Opportunites

Apply to Become a Volunteer - Choose Your Experience

Application 1

I am not sure where I would like to volunteer.

I am not sure how my skills and interests can best be used. 

I would like to be placed in a longer term volunteer commitment. 

Application 2

I know where I want to volunteer.

I am confident in knowing where my skills and interests can be used.

I have been referred for screening by an agency. 

Application 3

I would like to volunteer for event-based or episodic volunteer opportunities.

I do not want to volunteer for a longer term volunteer commitment. 

I do not wish to be screened. 

I would like to be notified about volunteer opportunities in our community.

We would like to volunteer as a group. 

Help

I would like to connect with someone before I submit an application. 

I am not sure where to begin. 

🇨🇦 New To Canada?

It can be tough to enter the job market as a new immigrant. Certifications, skills and experience from other countries often don't translate to Canada, leaving many newcomers feeling lost and like  they're starting from scratch.

While you're waiting for your chance to forge your own destiny in Canada (designations, applications, etc.), volunteering can fill in those gaps, helping to clear the path to better employment opportunities for you in the future.

Volunteer roles related to your profession, education, and experience can help you in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Networking and building connections with others in your field of interest
  • Learning more about Canadian workplace culture
  • Practicing your English and sharpening other skills
  • Showing that you're a motivated, hard-working, and dedicated individual
  • Building confidence in yourself and in your employment search

Contact hello@volunteerlethbridge.com to get started!

Volunteer Preparation

Before you move on to Getting Started with volunteer opportunities, now is a great time to take a few moments for consideration. The self-evaluation and tips listed below will help to manage your (and others') expectations when applying to become a volunteer.

Self-evaluation before you volunteer

  • What skills do I bring to the table? Write down a list of your strengths. Click here for a template to help you get started.
  • What skills do I want to develop? Make a list of skills you'd like (or need) to learn.
  • What jobs don't I want to do? Set your boundaries by determining which jobs are not ideal for you.  Click here for a Window of Work template to assist you.
  • How much time can I commit? Get a general idea of how many hours per week you can devote to volunteering.

Tips for professionalism in your volunteer work

Before you volunteer (if possible)

  • Request a job-description from the organization you wish to volunteer with
  • Submit a clean, professional cover letter and resume
  • Promptly complete any required orientation and training

While volunteering

  • Request that your supervisor keep a record of your service
  • Record every volunteer job you do, and keep track of all your hours
  • When applying for new work opportunities, be sure to record all of your volunteering jobs on your resume
  • If unemployed for a period of time, put 'volunteer work' in place of 'paid employment'
  • Be present, proactive and positive in your position! Try to think up new ideas and strategies, and have fun getting to know the people you work with
  • Leverage connection opportunities to grow your network (socially and professionally)