July 18, 2009

Immigrants: From volunteers to Careers

Volunteers are workers within groups, agencies and organizations who willingly provide their services as charitable or helpful work without pay. Helping other people is a valued tradition in Canadian society. It can help enrich your life and the lives of others.

It is important for you to know what you are committing and when you volunteer. Make sure that you ask the volunteer action centre or organization you are working for what they expect of you and what they can offer you.

As a volunteer you will become involved in the community, share your life experiences and communicate with Canadians. Volunteering is one way for you to learn new skills, continue to develop your existing skills, practice English and meet people. It allows you to build networks, gain Canadian experience, and learn more about the work environment in your community. It is a good way to make new friends and contacts. Volunteering can also provide new routes to paid jobs. Most employers will ask you about your Canadian experience. For those who are students or plan to reinvest in study, volunteering is a good thing for you in competition for local scholarships.

Volunteers can choose to work on their own or with others, do hands-on work or volunteer at an administrative or leadership level. You may conduct your own research to find an organization with whom you would like to volunteer.

Then you will be wondering where to volunteer in Regina? Well, say “A lots”. Typically, if you want your future career relating to construction or skilled trades, try out Habitat for Humanity Regina.

Habitat for Humanity is a community-based, non-profit, faith-based organization working to provide safe and decent housing for people, established in 1993. It mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing for seniors, low-income families and those most vulnerable within our province. The Habitat ReStore collects and sells used building materials, hardware and major appliances and the sales will cover administrative cost for Habitat of Humanity. At the end of March 2009, The Government of Saskatchewan is committing $10 million to Habitat so that it will use to deliver a total of 20 quality, affordable home ownership units in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Lloydminster. The province also committed a total of $180,000 to fund the Habitat Regina Youth Build Project in which participants will learn a trade and acquire entry-level building skills - $60,000 annually for three years. The project will train young adults for careers in the construction trades. At the moment, Habitat is in construction for its new 15,000 square foot building. This project is funded by the City of Regina and provincial government ($1 million), and the Government of Canada ($1.08 million). The new building will house new ReStore and Recycle operations, administration offices, and an area for the pre-fabrication of housing components. The pre-fabrication area will also be used to train young people so they acquire job and construction skills. The new building will be located on an approximately two acre site at 1640 Broder St. Work on the facility is expected and anticipated to be ready by January 2010.

For those who love animal and pets, you can try Regina Humane Society. Up to now, I have no information about its financial budget.

The Regina Humane Society was incorporated in 1964 as a non-profit organization. Throughout the years, the Society has retained its primary mission of improving the welfare of animals through programs and services in sheltering, education, protection, and advocacy. The Society continues to offer the public an increasingly wide range of support services to the City of Regina and surrounding area. Volunteers are key members of the animal welfare team at the Regina Humane Society. These unsung heroes perform many duties for the Society every day. Whether it is walking dogs, stuffing envelopes or working a bingo, volunteers make a difference in the lives of the animals. These volunteers derive many benefits from taking the time to care. Benefits from volunteering at the Regina Humane Society such as develop new skills, meet new people with similar interests, explore potential career opportunities and make a difference in the life of an animal.

United Way of Regina is your local non-profit organization working to make our community better for everyone. It focuses on empowering people, groups and entire neighbourhoods to take control of their futures. In a meaningful, long-term way UWR is addressing the issues that matter most to the people of Regina. This focus will create the type of change that will positively impact the quality of life for everyone in this community. It’s a huge challenge. But, it’s exciting, it’s daring and because of you it’s possible. Its vision is to improve the social and economic conditions of all Regina citizens. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

There are so many chances for you to volunteer in Regina, if I keep listing here, I afraid that it will be a no-end. To find more you can check out here

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