Brock Cares Day of Service 2013: Volunteer Project Options

Student Community Outreach

Brock Cares Day of Service 2013: Volunteer Project Options

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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

About the Organization
The mission of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. The primary role of the Alzheimer Society is to advocate for and partner in the provision of services to people with dementia and their caregiver. The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region was founded in 1984 through the vision of a small group of family caregivers who wanted to share their experiences and lend support to other families. Over the next 4 years, the overwhelming need for services in the Region precipitated an application to the Ministry of Health for base funding to hire qualified counseling staff and in 1988, the Family Support Program was developed.

Project Details
Volunteers at this project site will be assisting the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region to remove patio bricks from an unsafe walkway, as well as weeding and pruning the area around the walkway to make it safer.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

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Lincoln County Humane Society

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 working on some general yard work and light gardening, as well as organizing offices and interacting with the animals at the Lincoln County Humane Society.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

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St. Charles Village

About the Organization
St. Charles Village is an independent retirement community where comfort, friendship, support and safety have been a part of everyday living for over 23 years! They strive to enable residents to live as independently as possible, while providing certain services and social activities.


Project Details

Volunteers will be working on various duties ranging from painting balconies (weather permitting), sanding and staining handrails on all floors, and painting interior doors at St. Charles Village.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

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United Way of St. Catharines & District

About the Organization
The United Way funds many programs and charitable organizations that benefit our community. It helps to fill the gaps left between government programs and the available funds of low income families. It is a staggering reality that 1 in 6 families in the Niagara Region live in poverty. Each year Brock University’s faculty and staff host a United Way campaign to raise funds for the United Way and the 65 programs funded by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.
Brock University is a proud and longstanding partner and fundraising body for the United Way - St. Catharines & District.


Project Details

By participating in this on-campus volunteer site, you will help to collate United Way information and donor packages for Brock’s Annual United Way Campaign.

 

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Adopt-a-Road

About the Organization
In December, 1993, the council at the Regional Municipality of Niagara authorized staff to organize and implement an Adopt-a-road program as a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along certain Regional rights-of-way. It is a way for certain environmentally conscientious citizens, community and civic organizations, private business and industry to contribute to a cleaner environment and a more beautiful Regional road system.

In partnership with the Niagara Region, this is part of Brock's on-going wish to contribute to a clean community on campus and beyond.


Project Details

Volunteers will spend the day close to campus beautifying the sides of the roads along St. David's road by the main entrance to Brock's campus, to the area just past the entrance to the 406 (and beyond if possible!).

Requirements: Volunteers will be working outdoors, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for this project site.

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Heartland Forest – 5th Annual Nature’s Experience Hoedown Event

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. Their 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.
On Saturday, September 21st, Heartland Forest will be hosting its 5th Annual Hoedown event. This is a fun & free family day that includes pony rides, hay rides, fishing, nature displays, guided forest tours, scavenger hunts, best western wear contests, craft stations as well as mini-putt and train rides on Tootsie Express.


Project Details
Volunteers at this project site will be assisting with Heartland Forest’s 5th Annual Hoedown Event! Volunteers will be needed to help set up and supervise various stations, including but not limited to, craft stations, playground, field games, archery, train station, food services, leading scavenger hunts, and Nature Centre exhibits.

Requirements: Volunteers must dress for the weather (boots if the ground is soft from rain).
 

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Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre - Niagara Community Cup

About the Organization
Since 1976 the Welland Heritage Council and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre have assisted thousands of immigrants overcome barriers to integration and watched with pride as they build new lives for themselves here in Canada. Our greatest contribution to our community is in helping immigrants gain the necessary skills to live and work in Canada, so that they can become successful contributing members of our society.


Project Details
Volunteers will be assisting at the 2nd Annual Community Cup, a soccer tournament focused on fostering community spirit and creating a welcoming space for newcomers to Canada. This project is a regional community event put on jointly by all non-profit organizations in Niagara that offer the Community Connections for Newcomers (to Canada) program. This event will also feature a Community Alley of local organizations with display tables, cultural demonstrations and sports demonstrations, a kid’s zone, and food. Volunteers will be needed to help with set-up, activities in the Kid Zone with interactive play and crafts, community ally set-up, selling tickets, and organizing teams.


Rain Plan: The Community Cup will continue through rain unless there is a thunderstorm. The community alley displays will be moved indoors in case of rain.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working outdoors, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.
 

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Mayholme Foundation

About the Organization
The mission of the Mayholme Foundation is to promote and assist genealogical and historical research by collecting, storing and preserving historic documents and materials and to bring the public an awareness of the role our ancestors played in the history of our community.
Mayholme Foundation is a non-profit charitable group dedicated to the study and collection of family history, and to preserve the heritage of families in the areas of old Lincoln and Welland Counties.

Project Details
Volunteers at this project site will be helping to archive donated materials so that it can be used for historical and family research. This will involve identifying, assessing, scanning and photographing archival materials and museum artifacts so that they can be preserved and organized, in addition to finding online material related to research, and organizing materials awaiting accession.
 

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Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SCVFA) – Fall Harvest Festival

About the Organization
The Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association has a long history in Stamford / Niagara Falls. They started in 1922 as fire protection for the village of Stamford until the eventual amalgamation with Niagara Falls in 1963. Since then they have continued on as a community-based service club with their focus being the city of Niagara Falls.


Project Details
Volunteers will be assisting with the Fall Harvest Festival! Volunteers will be needed to help set up and supervise various stations, including hay rides, a corn maze, Niagara Inflatables, a 5km Adventure Run, car show, crafters & food vendors, and a soap box derby.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working outdoors, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.
 

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Morningstar Mill

About the Organization
Morningstar Mill is a small, picturesque industrial heritage site owned by the City of St. Catharines and operated by the Friends of Morningstar Mill. The mill was constructed in 1872 to grind wheat, oats, rye and barley into flour. It was one of the first mills in Ontario to be powered by a turbine rather than a traditional water wheel. The majority of the original equipment in the mill is still functional. Located on Niagara Escarpment at Decew Falls, the site also includes a turbine shed, sawmill, a blacksmith, a carpentry shop, and the home of the Morningstar’s. The grist mill and house are open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends from May to the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

 

Project Details
Volunteers will be assisting with some grounds clean-up including light gardening, raking and a garbage pick-up, cleaning of the Miller’s house and Mill (vacuuming, sweeping, dusting), and hand-sewing tags onto flour bags.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.


 

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Niagara Wine Festival

About the Organization
This year marks the 62nd Annual Wine Country celebration of Niagara’s internationally acclaimed grape and wine industry for two weekends in September. The Niagara Wine Festival consists of more than 100 events including winery tours and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, family entertainment and one of Canada’s largest street parades. The Niagara Wine Festival has been selected as one of Ontario’s top 100 Festivals by Festivals and Events Ontario.


Project Details

If you're looking for a great way to be involved within the local community, the Niagara Wine Festival is the place to be! There are many areas in which you can volunteer:
General event assistance (e.g. moving tables, chairs, boxes of wine, etc.)
Assisting with the children’s parade in the morning
Helping to organize large crowds expected at the event

Requirements: Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather (rain or shine!). It is encouraged that you bring a reusable water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves (if you would like). Please note that volunteers must also be able to lift plastic tables and chairs, take direction, work both independently and in groups, and enjoy interaction with the general public. Volunteers who wish to improve their English language skills are welcome.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation

About the Organization
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a federation of 10 provincial Foundations, led and supported by a force of more than 130,000 volunteers.
Throughout its history, the Foundation has relied on the generous donations of millions of Canadians. The Foundation receives no operational funding from government sources. In 2010, the Foundation invested more than $106 million into research, health promotion and community programs.


Project Details
Volunteers at this project site will be assisting with the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s community outreach program by making calls to canvassers who will be helping out with their annual Heart Month and Person 2 Person campaign.


Requirements: Volunteers who are friendly and have a positive attitude and are looking to gain experience in communications and connect with the local community are welcome!

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Niagara Resource Service for Youth (The RAFT)

About the Organization
The RAFT – operated by the Niagara Resource Service for Youth contributes to the welfare of our community by helping at-risk youth, families and neighbourhoods become independent and self-sufficient. Our services strengthen the emotional and social well-being of clients and act as a portal to community resources.
Services are based on the principles of Empowerment, Quality of Life, Dignity and Respect. Services are provided in a supportive and caring environment which encourages independence and self-reliance. We believe that helping clients take control of their lives builds self-esteem and confidence while empowering clients to become fuller more involved members of their community.


Project Details
Volunteers will be helping to clean-up the yard and street with clients, in addition to baking or barbecuing for the clients.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. It is important to note that all volunteers will be working with at risk youth ages 16-24 with the supervision of a staff member.

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Canadian Blood Services

About the Organization
Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose sole mission is to manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians. Canadian Blood Services collects approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year. They manage the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network whose mission is to secure, in an expeditious way, donors for Canadian bone marrow transplant patients and for patients abroad. In addition, they screen every donor and test each unit of blood or blood product collected for a variety of transmissible diseases and ensures that Canadian transfusion medicine research and development remains at the cutting edge.
Canadian Blood Services is committed to blood safety. In addition to the effective screening and testing processes, this pursuit of safety is reflected in every branch of its organizational structure and in each management and operational decision that is made.


Project Details
At this volunteer site, volunteers will develop creative promotional materials for promotion of blood donor clinics, and assist with the refreshment area for blood donors.