We are amazed by the caring, generous spirit of Calgarians. Our 400+ volunteers give their time, talents and hearts to CFS – and it means the world to us. Our volunteer program is all about connecting people with their passion through meaningful opportunities. Mentoring young moms, flexing your leadership skills – even cuddling babies – there’s something for everyone.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Motherhood Matters offers peer support and mentoring to pregnant and parenting young women (under age 24) in a group setting. The mentorship commitment is for two – three hours per week for one year. Please contact Farrah Smith for specific dates and locations.
Motherhood Matters – Cuddler
Motherhood Matters offers peer support and mentoring to pregnant and parenting young women (under age 24) in a group setting. Volunteer cuddlers provide cuddling and toddler activities to keep the little ones happy so their moms can participate fully in the group. The commitment is for two – three hours per week for nine consecutive weeks. Please contact Farrah Smith for specific dates and locations.
Crew Group Facilitator
Crew helps youth aged 10-14 (mentees) develop resilience and varsity athletes (mentors) gain leadership skills. The group facilitator volunteer supports the mentor/mentee relationship by developing and leading group activities. Group Facilitators must commit to training as well as one evening per week during the athletic season at either the University of Calgary or Mount Royal University (September to March), plus additional preparation time as needed each week prior to the program. Contact Daniel Prasad for more information.
Families & Schools Together (F&ST) – Team Member
Families & Schools Together (F&ST) is a short-term, preventative school-based program aimed at strengthening bonds between parents and children and between families and their schools. The commitment is from 4:30-8:30 pm, one evening per week for ten consecutive weeks. Programs run throughout the school year from September – April. Please contact Sarah Seminara to get involved.
Families & Schools Together Program – Prevention Partner
Families & Schools Together (F&ST) is a short-term, preventative school-based program aimed at strengthening bonds between parents and children and between families and their schools. In this leadership volunteer role, volunteers will coach parents through activities aimed at building family cohesion and community connection. Volunteer will also lead one F&ST activity on substance abuse, directing other team members to coach families. Leading/supporting children’s activities is also a key part of this role. Experience in the helping field is required.
The commitment is from 4:30-8:30 pm, one evening per week for ten consecutive weeks. Programs run throughout the school year from September – April. Please contact Sarah Seminara for more information.
Indigenous Moms Group: Child Minding
The Healthy Babies Network (HBN) is about making sure babies have a healthy start in life. Composed of service providers and community-based organizations, including Catholic Family Service, the Healthy Babies Network operates an Indigenous Moms Group which is seeking patient, creative and engaging volunteers to care for the babies and children involved in the program. The commitment is on Tuesday afternoons until December. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie for more information.
Louise Dean Centre Peer Support Food Prep Volunteer
The Peer Support Program at Louise Dean Centre is peer-based group therapy that harnesses the power of story-telling to promote self-esteem, healthy body image, good mental health and healthy relationships. Young moms explore their personal journey into motherhood – their strengths and challenges – while building relationships with their peers. The Peer Support Food Prep Volunteer will be responsible for purchasing (within a set budget) and preparing a meal, then setting it out for the Peer Support students at Louise Dean Centre. The commitment is approximately two hours on Thursday afternoons until February. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie to learn more!
Group Giving Opportunities
Catholic Family Service has a number of short term volunteer opportunities that allow corporations, businesses, families and small groups to volunteer together. These include capital projects, such as gardening and landscaping, as well as direct service to clients, such as celebrating program graduates. Read our Group Giving Opportunities Guide to learn more about how your group can make a difference.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie if you are interested in one of our Group Giving Opportunities, or if you have an idea for a short term project you would like to take on for our agency.
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“We were university students and expecting a baby in 2012 when we started meeting with a social worker at Louise Dean Centre. As young parents, we needed a lot of support. After our daughter was born, Jameela decided to work from home and build a jewelry business. When Peter got laid off, we thought, “If we can do this baby thing, we can run a business.” Turns out babies and businesses are a lot the same. They take time and effort and trial and error, but then they start doing things on their own. Now our jewelry is in 40 stores across Canada. ”