Service Opportunities – January 17

The Esquimalt Farmers Market is looking for volunteers. The market was set up to provide a place that serves as a community gathering point that builds relationships, encourages healthy, local living, as well as environmental and economic sustainability. It runs on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Volunteers set up tents, tables and signs. They assist vendors with moving their product, waste management and also help guide patrons. At the end they pack it all up again. There are three shifts available each market day: set-up, vendor/market support, and take-down. Each shift is minimum of 90 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one shift per market.

The Volunteer Application Form and shift information can be found here.

Special event volunteers are needed! Event volunteers assist the CRD Regional Parks’ staff at special and community drop-in events. Positions involve staffing an information, craft or face-painting station, or other tasks as required. The commitment is between 2 and 4 hours for each event.

A short orientation and safety session takes place before each event, which generally takes about 15 minutes. Most of these events tend to be outdoors. Events are offered year round, though most occur in the spring and summer during the busy programming season. Some events are also offered indoors. Most of the sites are quite accessible, though volunteers sometime assist with set-up and take-down.

Sign up or get more information on the CRD’s website.

The Sanctuary Nature Ambassador Program (SNAP) is looking for help. Volunteer to go for a walk! SNAP volunteers walk the trails around Swan Lake and Christmas Hill welcoming visitors, monitoring trail conditions and promoting the mission and values of the Sanctuary. Get exercise, volunteer, meet new people – what a perfect combination!

Key Responsibilities:
• Walk Swan Lake and Christmas Hill trails, welcome and offer educational information to visitors
• Monitor and report to staff any safety concerns on trails or in Sanctuary lands
• Monitor and report number of visitors and different types of visitor interactions
• Share experiences and ideas to improve the visitor and volunteer experience

Training is provided by experienced SNAP volunteers via buddy walks and educational materials. This position involves outdoor walking over sometimes slippery and wet terrain, in all kinds of weather.

Visit the website for more information or call Julia at 250-590-9276.

Soap for Hope collects partially used soap and shampoo products from the hotel and accommodations industry, refreshes them and donates them. In 2017 alone they diverted hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles and bars of soap from entering the landfill! All of these diverted hygiene products were donated back to the community to local shelters, seniors, schools and families.

The program is extremely labour intensive and could not exist without the support of  amazing volunteers. Every bottle and bar of soap that comes into the warehouse has to be handled at least 10 times to get it in like-new condition.

Typical jobs in the warehouse include:
• Sorting product that has just come in from hotels
• Standing up bottles to determine the level of product used
• Squeezing out bottles that are under halfway full
• Topping up bottles using plastic syringes
• Washing full bottles
• Scraping bars of soap
• Assembling 5-piece hygiene kits
• Cutting labels for hygiene kits
• Washing buckets that are used for collecting hygiene amenities
• Sorting, folding, bagging and counting linens

All training is provided. Volunteers can join in on the conversation and meet other great people, or relax and listen to a podcast or music! They have a very easy going environment. Any lifting that needs to be done can be done in teams. Due to space, most volunteers will have to be able to stand for extended periods of time as they only have a few chairs.

Contact Bryce at 250-331-3353 for more information.


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