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  • Make Tax Time Pay Clinics
    E4C, Strathcona County Library and Volunteer Strathcona are working together to put on Free Tax Clinics located at Strathcona County Community Centre on March 23 and April 13, 2024 in Meeting Rooms 3 & 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 … Read more
  • Board Members are key volunteers
    When we think of volunteers at community organizations, we tend to think of those who roll up their sleeves and pitch in on program delivery, events and fundraisers – like the folks who pack hampers at the Strathcona Food Bank, … Read more
  • Community Spotlight: Strathcona County Community Mediation
    At Volunteer Strathcona, we love learning about the amazing things being done by volunteers and community organizations in Strathcona County.   In December we caught up with Tara Erickson, Program Director at the Strathcona County Community Mediation program (SCCM), to … Read more

Upcoming Events Looking for Volunteers

Strathcona in Bloom Society

May 7, 2024 - September 30, 2024
All-day event
Location: Strathcona County
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VOLUNTEERS needed to help make our community bloom!

The Strathcona in Bloom Society (SIB) endeavors to beautify Strathcona County and Sherwood Park through the efforts of volunteers and County staff. We encourage the efforts of private homeowners and businesses as they help with this work.

Do you enjoy gardening? Would you like to work with a group of like-minded folks who want to beautify the community? Do you have the time to plant and/or help maintain a flower bed in your neighborhood? Do you like coordinating the efforts of groups of volunteers?

Variety of Volunteer Opportunities available such as the following:

  • Help plant and maintain a community flower bed
  • Deliver nominations to neighbours as part of Front Yard Recognition
  • Become a Director on the Strathcona in Bloom Board
  • Deliver nominations to local businesses and non-profits as part of Public Spaces Recognition
  • Participate in special events like Arbor Day and Canada Day, and Pitch In

Colchester Cemetery in need of Volunteers!

July 8, 2024 - September 30, 2024
All-day event
Location: Colchester Cemetery
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Colchester Cemetery is a non-profit and volunteer run cemetery for over 12 decades. They are looking for volunteers to help out with lawn mowing of the grounds.

Volunteer Responsibilities Include:

  • Help maintaining the cemetery grounds by mowing the grass
  • Must have experience with operating a zero turn lawn mower
  • Open to individuals age 16+
  • Shifts are 2-3 hours (occasional shifts throughout the summer months)

If interested in volunteering please contact Scott Montgomery at 780-901-2884 or email at colchestercemetery@gmail.com

Sherwood Park Farmers Market

July 9, 2024 - October 9, 2024
2:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST
Location: #350 5000 Emerald Drive (Emerald Hills Shopping Centre)

Calling all Farmers Markets enthusiasts!

The  Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market is looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to help out with the bouncy castle and Children’s’ Market Buds program throughout the market season.

The Sherwood Park Farmers Market Volunteer shift takes place every Wednesday from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM at 3000 Emerald Drive (the Canadian Tire parking lot).

Volunteer opportunity is open to all youth ages 16+!

If you are interested in volunteering please email Karen at sherwoodparkfarmersmarket@gmail.com!

Upcoming Learning Events

Advancing Organizational Resilience Initiative

August 22, 2024 - September 13, 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
Location: TBD
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Now Registering for August 2024!

From organizations thinking about large strategy questions about the future to practical operational issues, the Advancing Organizational Resilience Initiative will support non-profit organizations in preparing for the future.


ECVO, in collaboration with PolicyWise, is launching a unique opportunity for non-profits across Edmonton to strengthen and develop new capabilities, improve engagement and well-being, and turn crises into opportunities. The Advancing Resilience Initiative is geared towards strengthening resilience, as many organizations face the challenges of making informed decisions amid uncertainty and change. From organizations thinking about large strategy questions about the future to practical operational issues, the project will help leaders understand the sources and drivers needed to achieve organizational resilience.


As many non-profit leaders continue to navigate these issues without support or guidance, PolicyWise has created an evidence-informed Organizational Resilience Assessment Tool for non-profits. The tool will seek to examine the six (6) domains of Organizational Resilience:

  • Staff Connection to Mission and Vision
  • Situational Awareness
  • Planning and Adaptability
  • Distributed Leadership
  • Collaborative Networks
  • Resource Availability, Management and Support

To learn more, you can visit: https://policywise.com/organizational-resilience/ 


Organizations enrolled in the program, will benefit from the following:

  • A unique tool for your organization to use to assess its resilience, with an enhanced understanding of your organizations’ results.
  • A roadmap to lead reflective conversations within your organization to better understand your results and identify priorities for action.
  • Collaboration and shared measurement across the non-profit sector.
  • Three (3) capacity building workshops in the areas of Strategic Planning, Leadership, Risk Management, and more.
  • Access to specialized Organizational Advisory Support.


This program is designed for non-profits across Edmonton that are interested in strengthening their resilience.

Take a moment to read the Advancing Organizational Resilience Handout to better understand this initiative. 


1. Save your interest by registering here.

2. Fill out the Application Form sent to you by ECVO.

3. Email the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and completed Application Form to training@ecvo.ca.   

Start: August 22, 2024

End: September 13, 2024

Schedule 3 Sessions:

#1. August 22, 2024, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (MDT)

#2. August 23, 2024, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (MDT)

#3. September 13, 2024, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (MDT)

Location TBD

Bylaws Lab

September 20, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
Location: Online
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At Bylaws Lab, learn the latest best practices and ask the experts how you can make your bylaws fresh and future-ready in an evolving non-profit sector. This is a bylaws session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act.

Representatives from non-profits will gather for 2 days to explore bylaw requirements, recommendations, and proven practices. Our goal is that you will walking away with a rough draft of your new bylaws to explore with your board and membership. We will also be hosting a follow up session to allow you to come back with any questions you may have. 

Friday, September 20, 2024 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Online)

Not-for-Profit Accounting Class for Grassroots Ethno-Cultural Organizations

September 27, 2024 - October 5, 2024
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST
Location: TBD
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Here’s your opportunity to learn all accounting fundamentals for your Not-for-Profit Grassroots Ethno-Cultural Organizations!

NorQuest College offers a comprehensive training program on not-for-profit accounting fundamentals. This course covers financial statements: components and controls, the year-end financial statement process, and reporting requirements for Not-for-Profit societies.

The class is condensed to a 14-hour program scheduled over evenings and weekends. All sessions are mandatory!

  • Session 1: Friday, September 27th (6pm-9pm)
  • Session 2: Friday, October 4th (6pm-9pm)
  • Session 3: Saturday, October 5th (9am-5pm)

There are approximately 6-hours of self-paced learning throughout the program.

The course goals are:

  • To understand the basics of the accounting cycle
  • Standards required for the financial management of a not-for-profit organization and the components required to prepare financial statements.

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