Finding Volunteer Opportunities
Many non-profit organizations rely on volunteer (unpaid) workers to provide services to their clients and to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. When you volunteer, you are not only providing assistance to others in the community, you are developing valuable transferable skills and building your professional network. Volunteering is also a great way to determine what type of work you like to do, and what issues are important to you.
If you're unsure how to start volunteering, try this quiz at Getinvolved.ca to discover what type of volunteering might suit you best. Getinvolved.ca also offers volunteer matching for positions in Halifax and across Canada, and the site hosts plenty of resources to help you start volunteering.
Volunteer positions are also listed as part of the Mount's main job postings page.
FUSION Halifax is a networking organization for young Haligonians 20-40 years of age. Their website provides listings of current volunteer opportunities in Halifax. These positions are typically similar to traditional jobs (social medial management, fundraising coordination, etc.) and provide excellent skill development for your resume. The city of Halifax also provides volunteering information and listings. You can also contact the organizations listed below to investigate potential volunteer opportunities.
A new method of volunteering has recently emerged - virtual volunteering, or performing volunteer tasks such as writing proposals, creating graphic design, and blogging from anywhere via the Internet.
Read this article for more information about virtual volunteering and how to get started.
Not sure where you should volunteer in the HRM? Drop by Career Planning Services to consult our list of organizations in HRM who you can contact!
Once you've found the volunteer role that's right for you, remember to update your Co-Curricular Record to record your participation!