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Volunteers Needed: Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Students

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Volunteer Central is excited to be spearheading a new skill-sharing volunteer program which connects professionals, entrepreneurs, and students with local nonprofits. Community organizations have great information, connections to the community, and a great depth of focus in specific areas. Their staff have a breadth of education, experience, and expertise in dealing with complex social problems.

Many local nonprofits are looking for volunteers to make an even greater impact on the communities they serve. Skill-sharing builds stronger communities and strengthens organizational sustainability when skilled volunteers are able to volunteer their expertise to an organization that may otherwise not have access to.

An organization can only survive if it develops and grows over time.  The only way these organizations can get there is by having access to the necessary skills and knowledge, which may be a  barrier to a nonprofit.  Skilled volunteers can support our local nonprofits in becoming more efficient and effective in delivering impact in our community. The average nonprofit spends just 2% of its organizational budget on overhead, compared with the average business that spends 20% (1).

A strong business case can be made for skills-based volunteering programs, too. Skills-sharing volunteering programs have been shown to increase employee engagement and retention, while also measurably enhancing the skills and talents that employees bring back to their desks (2).  Providing time for employees to volunteer cultivates enhanced or additional skills developmentAnd, 68% of Canadians say, given the choice between two jobs, they would choose the one at the company with the stronger volunteering culture. (2017 Volunteer Canada/ Ipsos Public Affairs). Giving back to the community is a positive way to create awareness of your business brand, too. 

We know it’s been tough out there, and many individuals have are looking for work.  If you’re looking to take a fresh path into the workforce, consider volunteering your time first. Skill-sharing is a great way to keep your skills relevant, and gain experience in new or developing skills. Skill-sharing also helps in developing your professional network, and gives a boost to your resume. Experience is valuable and is often a key characteristic of what employers look for in a valuable candidate. While demonstrating skills and gaining unique experiences is one thing, caring for the community with a willingness to learn new things in your own personal time, can be attractive attributes to a prospective employer.

We are looking for professionals, entrepreneurs, students with special skill sets to volunteer:
  • teaching Zoom and/other communication platforms to community board of directors who want to learn how to use these platforms for their board meetings and AGMs
  • assisting non-profit organizations and community service organizations with fundraising, event planning
  • assisting non-profit organizations and community service organizations with marketing, content creation, social media

If you are interested in applying as an individual, business, or nonprofit, visit: https://www.volunteercentral.ca/corporate-programs/skill-sharing-volunteer-program/

 

 

2 Giving in Numbers 2016, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, 2016.

Volunteer Central strives to build a strong, connected and engaged community through volunteerism.

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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at reddeerhospitallottery.ca. Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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