Current Volunteer Opportunities

Community Initiatives Team Member

Position Title: Community Initiatives Team Member

Description:

Members of the Community Initiatives (CI) Team are integral to the Community Initiative development process, which is a core part of Action for Healthy Communities’ (AHC’s) work.  In the Community Initiative development processes Action for Healthy Communities’ staff work with community members to support them to:

  • Develop small groups (2-5 people) around a common interest or concern,
  • Create a shared vision and,
  • Develop free/low-cost community-based project plans to address that interest or concern.

Once this is done the CI team provides sober second thought, seeking potential issues or weaknesses, suggesting resources, potential collaborators and supporters for the group, and either recommends AHC provide the group with its seed grant, not provide the grant, or suggests the group reconsiders part, or all, of its plan.

The groups develop and run the Community Initiatives they have proposed, thereby developing deeper connections to others, to community resources, and to their own strengths and abilities. Those who participate in the new CI have richer lives and increased opportunity to become more engaged citizens. They may go on to creating their own community projects, either with or without AHC support.

The CI Team, a group of 3-7 people, does its work through reading the CI proposals, meeting the groups’ representatives en mass at a CI Gathering and then meeting as a group to discuss the proposals and deliberate on them. Although three CI team members constitute a quorum for a review meeting, five members are preferred.  Each round of applications requires the following time commitment:

  • Reading the proposals, (3-5 proposals per round), 1-2 hours,
  • The Community Initiative Gathering, about 2 hours,
  • The CI Team meeting, about 2 hours. 

Key CI Team member responsibilities:

  • Be able to get to AHC’s office (just west and north of downtown) and attend evening meetings (as above),
  • Review Seed Grant applications,
  • Participate in CI Gatherings and CI Team meetings,
  • Commit to developing a deeper understanding of the value of community programming to both those who lead and those who participate in it,
  • Commit to developing a deeper understanding of AHC’s Seed Grant policies and CI requirements,
  • Become a member of the agency (with a $5 annual fee).

Primary qualifications:

To have, and be willing to develop and improve:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills,
  • Good communication skills, both within and between cultures,
  • A commitment to confidentiality,
  • Understanding of budgets and budgeting,
  • Tracking and reporting your volunteer hours.

Support provided:

Group and individual mentorship and training as needed, an orientation of the agency.  There is a short Community Initiative Policy Manual that helps guide decision-making and records to help with meeting flow and reporting.

Time commitment:

Commitment per round of applications, 6-8 hours with 4-6 rounds per year, (a usual maximum of 40 hours per year) plus 2-4 hours of mentoring/ discussion per year.  A commitment of 2-4 years is preferred, but a tenure of 1 year is also possible.

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Develop your soft-skill set, and meet interesting people,
  • Develop a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the rich tapestry that is Edmonton’s population,
  • Support marginalized/barriered Edmontonians to become more engaged citizens,
  • Become more engaged in Edmonton’s community life.

To apply:

Please submit your resume to Chris Ford by fax, 780.423.4193 by email chris.ford@a4hc.ca or drop it off at our office, at #200, 10578-113 Street, Edmonton. For information: 780.944.4687 ext.222.

 

Front Desk/Reception

Position summary:

If you’re interested in volunteering for this position email: volunteers@a4hc.ca 

Business Mentorship Volunteers

Position summary:

We are looking for volunteer mentors to share your experiences and to help with problem-solving for small business owners that are newcomers to Canada.

To volunteer as a business mentor you will need to have previous experience in Canada as a business owner or have worked within a corporate environment and be willing to work with the newcomer small business owner for up to four hours a month for three months.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this position email: cara.edey@a4hc.ca 

Soccer Coach / Assistant Coach

Position summary:

The Soccer Coach and Assistant coach is responsible for bringing team members together and ensuring that they play in harmony with each other. Coach have to be a strategic thinker with organize game play that has the ability to understand and provide information about game rules and safety. They also need to have an encouraging attitude so that they can motivate the team.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  •  Knowledge of arranging sports-related activities such as training camps, skills improvement courses and pre-season tryouts
  •  Evaluate players’ skills and review their performance records to determine their fitness levels
  •  Strategize game play, aimed at ensuring success during each game session
  •  Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations to players and ensure that they comprehend them properly
  •  Motivate team members by providing them with positive feedback and assisting them through their weaknesses
  •  Monitor each player to determine his strengths and weaknesses and ensure that they are addressed immediately
  •  Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams to develop exact game strategies
  •  Oversee the development and implementation of soccer programs and budgets
  •  Create and implement practice sessions that are both instructive and stimulating in nature
  •  Handle emergencies and those brought on by injuries by practicing CPR and First Aid
  •  Model sports-like behavior and maintain appropriate conduct towards players and spectators
  •  Ascertain that all sports equipment and supplies are procured in a time efficient manner
  •  Handle different aspects of the soccer team including strength and conditioning, practicing, competing and scheduling.
  •  Successful criminal record check

We thank all volunteers for their interest in this position, only selected candidates will be contacted and interviewed.

AHC Youth Theatre
Action for Healthy Communities is seeking volunteers to assist in running its YOUTHeartre group. This program is consists of a theater group for immigrant youth in grades 9-12. Volunteers will work in collaboration with program staff and other volunteers to support new immigrant youth participating dancing, acting, script writing, and more!

When: Saturdays from 10:30 a.m-12 p.m starting on November 19, 2016. Duties:

  • Assist students with the activities mentioned above
  • Help with preparation, set- up, clean-up etc.
  • Ensure supervision and safety of youth
  • Provide feedback to staff
  • Assist with activity planning if needed
  • Lead small group conversation in English

Qualifications:

  • Genuine concern and interest helping youth
  • Positive attitude
  • Knowledge in Drama, Theatre, and acting is an asset
  • Ability to work in a confidential setting
  • Non-judgemental and inclusive attitude
  • Mentoring skills
  • Good verbal/written communication skills in English
  • Non-Judgemental
  • Minimum completion of high school diploma

If you are interested in this volunteer position contact:

Basem Alabd Alrahim

Youth Case Worker Supervisor

Phone: 587-985-2067

basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

AHC recruits many volunteers to assist in various areas of the organization such as event planning, reception, program assistance etc.
For more information on volunteering with AHC email: volunteers@a4hc.ca