SVC fair displays fabulous volunteer opportunities!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Written by Reilly Scott

The Volunteer Fair (run by Student Volunteer Connections) that was held in the UC Courtyard last Tuesday, Sept 30th was a strong exhibition of many of Guelph's volunteer opportunities. The number of participating organizations was huge and included groups such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Guelph Humane Society, Meal Exchange, MADD, Onward Willow, Kidsability, River Run Centre, Women in Crisis and many, many more.

While interviewing several organization representatives I began to realize the sheer magnitude of opportunities for involvement that exist within the University as well as in the general Guelph area. Here is a description of several volunteers groups that I was lucky to converse with:

OUTline -

is a volunteer run phone line that offers support primarily to Guelph's Queer community. Individuals can phone in and chat with anonymous volunteers who can assist the caller and direct them towards other available support systems. The group promotes Queer equality and also offers support and information to family members and friends of Queer individuals. OUTline also has a website for people who are more comfortable sharing information over the internet. The group is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2008-2009 school year.

Power Trips Inc. -

This volunteer travel group is promoting a Reading Week Service Project to the Dominican Republic from Feb 15-22, 2009. The actual project work will be determined once the group is formed and the interests and skills of all group members becomes known. Ideally, the group will consist of 22 University Students who are passionate about the needs of the developing world and who are devoted to community service. The group strives to learn more about the local community that will be visited as well as the issues surrounding third-world development. The group will focus on empowering a community around Puerto Plata and will, in turn, empower themselves. To learn more about this volunteer experience visit www.powertripsinc.org.

Waverly Neighbourhood Group -

This group recruits people who are interested in the educational and social development as well as the general well-being of children. Group members will meet with children to work on projects in areas such as Science, art and drama.
This program is great because it allows volunteers to work on their mentoring and leadership skills while also encouraging and supporting children on a casual, one on one, basis.

The above are just several organizations that are currently recruiting volunteers to join their teams. The fair contained volunteer groups that would suit the anyone's interests. For more information on volunteer opportunities and a complete list of recruiting organizations visit www.ican.uoguelph.ca.

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