We hope that everyone has been well over the last several weeks, and are gearing up for a fantastic holiday season. Although busy season is right around the corner, it’s always a good time to check out the variety of volunteer opportunities out there.
Current Volunteer Board Opportunities
Calgary Sledge Hockey Association – please visit this link for further information about this opportunity.
AIDS Calgary Awareness Association – please visit this link for further information about this opportunity.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
As always, different volunteer opportunities are featured regularly on our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. But, if they don’t interest you, or you’re not quite ready to join a Board, there are other ways to get involved in charities that interest you, such as:
-volunteering for special events or assisting with regular operations of the charity,
-joining clubs such as the Rotary Club, Progress Club, or Kinsmen Club where you take on new roles and activities over time.
Why I Volunteer
One Community Ambassador found a great opportunity via the Community Ambassador’s postings. We asked her about her experience and why she volunteers, here is what she said:
“Being asked to contribute my thoughts on why I volunteer to the CA Community Ambassadors has been a very timely request! Over the past year, I have volunteered my time towards several events – including acting as Treasurer for my Condo Board, raising money with cupcake sales for Movember, assisting at the World Junior Hockey Championships, and I am currently the Treasurer for the CHILD Foundation (http://www.childfoundation.ca). I have had many positive experiences from my volunteer efforts, but like many professionals with busy careers, I had to decide over the past year which causes I am most passionate about and going to dedicate my time towards.
Everyone volunteers for different reasons, whether it is developing their professional skills, networking, giving back to their community, etc. For me, I volunteer with the expectation that I am giving something of myself – whether it is a specialized skill or just lending a helping hand – and in return I personally don’t expect to receive anything back other than meeting new people and learning opportunities. The benefits of volunteering, in my opinion, are not tangible ones, and therefore hard to put into words. They are not something you can see or touch in the form of food, clothing, tickets, or access to the C-Suite or celebrities. It is knowing that I gave something to a cause near and dear to me, or representing my favourite team, city, province or country.
Since joining the CA Community Ambassadors and being paired up with the Board of the CHILD Foundation, this experience has been incredibly rewarding for me. The CHILD Foundation operates a hospital in rural India for women and children – a place that I one day hope to visit and volunteer at. The Board had the opportunity to speak with the doctor we have on staff a few months ago on the progress the hospital has made in the past year since opening, as well as equipment and services that they need to improve. Speaking with the doctor was eye-opening – you realize that there is so much in our healthcare system that we as Canadians take for granted – basic things like blood tests and ultrasounds. Knowing that the work we are doing is enhancing people’s lives is the reason I volunteer my time towards this cause, and am so passionate about this organization.
I would encourage any Chartered Accountant to consider registering with the CA Community Ambassadors, and volunteering their time towards a cause that is important to them!”