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 or IT skills – even cuddling babies – there’s something for everyone.
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.
Athletes Mentoring Program – Group Facilitator
The Athletes Mentoring Program 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.
Louise Dean Centre Cuddling Program
Catholic Family Service provides child care for the babies and children of parenting teens attending school at Louise Dean Centre. Volunteer cuddlers will have the opportunity to cuddle and play with babies and children (ages 0-18 months). The commitment is two hours per week for six months. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie to start cuddling!
Never Too Late Tutor
The Never Too Late program provides no-cost academic, social and emotional support to adult learners who want to complete their GED (General Education Development or high school equivalency). The Volunteer Tutor meets with Never Too Late students to assist them with concepts from class and to provide encouragement. This position can be filled by a previous graduate of the Never Too Late program, a trained teacher, or an individual who has strong skills in a subject area. Volunteers are asked to commit to 2 hours per week for the duration of the program (4.5 months). Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie to learn more!
IT Support Volunteer
IT volunteers support the IT team at Catholic Family Service by answering staff help desk requests, and preparing and facilitating lunch and learns about various Microsoft Office programs. Knowledge and experience with various Windows operating systems is required for this role.
Commitment: Flexible. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie for more information.
Done-In-A-Day Volunteer Opportunities
Catholic Family Service has a number of short term volunteer opportunities that allow corporations and businesses, families and small groups to volunteer together. These include capital projects, such as painting and landscaping, as well as direct service to clients, such as helping with family picnics. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie if you are interested in a “Done-in-a-Day” project, or if you have an idea for a short term project you would like to take on for our agency.
Commitment: The commitment is less than one day on most projects, although some projects may extend to three – five days.
On Call List
Volunteers on the On Call List are individuals that Catholic Family Service staff can call on short notice. The On Call list supports all our volunteer programs when they are “in a pinch.” For example, you may be called to substitute for another volunteer who has committed to providing child care for an evening program.
Commitment: The commitment is very short term. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyse Lambie for more information.
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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. ”