Alternative Reading Week: Niagara

Student Community Outreach

Alternative Reading Week: Niagara


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About the Organization

Our purpose is to provide resources and support to individuals who are affected by learning disabilities within the Niagara Region. We provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services, and advance the full participation in society of children, youth and adults with learning differences.

LDANR’s programs are designed to support children, youth and adults who are struggling with a learning disability; however the individual does not need to be formally diagnosed with a learning disability to participate in these programs. LDANR recognizes that a formal diagnosis is not something all individuals/families can have done and therefore we welcome children, youth and adults who are struggling in their academics and social life due to an identified or non-identified learning disability. The Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region currently offers multiple programs: Reading Rocks!, Reading Rocks Junior, Let's R.E.A.D., B.E.S.T., and S.L.A.M. for children and youth who have undiagnosed/diagnosed learning disabilities/ADHD.

 

Project Details

The volunteers will be responsible for assisting in the preparation of our fall programming. Volunteers will be putting together hands-on literacy and numeracy games/activities of varying levels; putting together hands-on social skills games/activities; organizing literacy assessments for children in the program; organizing and putting together motivational workstation stations for each academic component of the program; and assembling training packages for facilitators and volunteers.

This volunteer project will run all three days of Alternative Reading Week Niagara: Wednesday, February 18th; Thursday, February 19th; and Friday, February 20th, dependent on volunteer interest.

 

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About the Organization

The John Howard Society of Niagara (JHSoN) is a non-profit organization committed to the development and delivery of programs that reduce the social, economic and personal costs of crime.  The Society is dedicated to helping all people who have been in conflict with the law or who face imminent risk of coming into conflict with the law through service, education and community programs.  The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose mission is to provide effective, fair and humane responses to crime and its causes.  Today, the JHSoN offers various programs and services for corrections and employment related needs.  With three sites across the Niagara Region; in Fort Erie, Welland and St. Catharines, the John Howard Society of Niagara currently has over 70 employees.  Funding is provided by Service Canada, Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections, Ministry of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Niagara Prosperity Initiative.

Project Details

Volunteers at the John Howard Society will be assisting with a large job fair happening on Wednesday, February 18th, and serve in multiple capacities. Volunteers will assist in the set-up and tear-down of the event, as well as volunteer at the registration and evaluation tables during the event. 

Last year's event facilitated 50 to 60 companies and over 1300 participants. Volunteers participating at this site are asked to wear business casual attire (no blue jeans) and comfortable footwear. The John Howard Society has expressed an interest in early morning participants, from 7 a.m. to help with set-up, although if volunteers are unable to make that timeframe, later starting times are offered. 

Please note: This volunteer project is only running on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

 

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About the Organization

Heartland Forest is a fully accessible nature experience with the goal of preserving and educating. This nature experience is driven by volunteers and donations and is a registered charitable organization. Our facilities include trails, fishing pond, picnic shelters, informative signage, butterfly garden, observation and rest stations, playground, animal carvings, barrier free mini-putt with nature theme and one of the largest tree-houses in Canada offering a panoramic view of the forest - the ramp alone is over 200 feet long! Natural features include, frog and turtle ponds, Carolinian forest which features vernal pools and a rich inventory of unique species of birds, trees, and amphibians.

Project Details

Volunteers at this site would be assisting in preparing activities and craft supplies for upcoming birthday parties and events; assisting in homeschooling activities occuring Wednesday, Febraury 18th; and preparing activities for the upcoming March Break initiatives.

Volunteers at this site should dress warmly, with boots suitable for the outdoors, as they will have the opportunity to explore the grounds during breaks from their volunteer activities. 

Please note: This volunteer project is only running on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

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About the Organization

The Lincoln County Humane Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals; to alleviate their suffering and neglect, support the human-animal bond and foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures. They will provide safe refuge and compassionate care for animals. They will pursue workable solutions to the most urgent animal welfare issues of our community, which are animal overpopulation and homelessness. These solutions will emphasize the mutual benefits of bringing pets and people together. They will provide rescue and control as a lifeline to animals in need, as a necessary service to our community. They will encourage and provide for pet adoption, animal assisted therapy, pet care education, spay and neuter program and investigations of cruelty and neglect. 


As a not-for-profit organization they operate these programs with integrity, in a financially responsible manner that secures a financially viable future for this organization with a strong commitment to fundraising and membership development.


Project Details
Volunteers will be organizing the food storage rooms of the humane society, along with general cleaning and office organization of the main level of the humane society. 


Requirements: Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeved shirts, with any long hair tied back to avoid interference. People with pet allergies are recommended to attend an alternate placement due to the interactions with pets at this location. 

This volunteer project will run all three days of Alternative Reading Week Niagara: Wednesday, February 18th; Thursday, February 19th; and Friday, February 20th, dependent on volunteer interest.

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About the Organization 

Start Me Up Niagara works with individuals facing significant life challenges such as addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness and unemployment. We provide opportunities to improve health, increase community integration and support employment.

Values:

We strive to assist our clients to improve their quality of life and to take personal responsibility for their own well-being.

We believe individuals have the right to set their own goals and define success

We believe that active, committed partnerships with people who use services, and other community sectors are integral to success.

We believe that healthy communities are inclusive and stronger when all have a place and chance to contribute.

We are committed to removing service access barriers for those who have multiple complex needs.

Vision: A society where all people are included, healthy, and self-sufficient.

Project Details

Volunteers with Start-Me-Up Niagara on Wednesday, February 18th & Thursday, February 19th will be helping to prepare for The Coldest Night of the Year walk, taking place on Saturday, February 21, 2015. 

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada. 

Volunteers with Start-Me-Up Niagara on Saturday, February 21, 2015 will be assisting in the set-up and facilitation of The Coldest Night of the Year walk, which occurs in downtown St. Catharines on Saturday afternoon/evening.

Volunteers at this project site should dress warmly as there will be indoor/outdoor activities on Saturday, February 21, 2015. 

Please Note: This volunteer project will be running Wednesday, February 18, Thursday, February 19, and Saturday, February 21, 2015. On Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers will start their day at 8:30 a.m. here at Brock, and on Saturday, February 21, students are asked to be at the downtown Market Square for 3p.m.