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Featured Story – April 2019

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 in

Volunteer Strathcona – Best Kept Secret in the County

Tucked into the Chamber of Commerce building, located just off Wye and Ordze Roads, you will find Volunteer Strathcona.

What exactly does Volunteer Strathcona do? The easiest answer to that is for the past 44 years, Volunteer Strathcona has been the hub in the middle of the non-profit wheel. They are the ones who work with groups to make sure the organizations are running as well as possible and provide information to residents on volunteer opportunities.

One of the ways that Volunteer Strathcona works with the non-profit sector is by offering workshops to help them with their operational challenges. These courses may include information on board member recruitment, volunteer drives, grant writing, volunteer management and many more. One of our most successful events is an annual funders forum where organizations meet one on one with funders in small groups.

Volunteer Strathcona also promotes non-profit events through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts for community organizations.  Just ask and they will help.

If you are looking for help to find grants, Volunteer Strathcona hosts and makes available to any organization in the community, access to Grant Connect! This database has thousands of grants listed so organizations in the County are kept up-to-date on what funding that is available.

Through the We Care We Share Program Volunteer Strathcona lends out tangible items such as popcorn machines, cotton candy machines, button maker and projectors to community groups.

Each year, Volunteer Strathcona hosts the National Volunteer Week (April 7 to 13) in the County with events like the symbolic but historical Volunteer Week Flag Raising event, scheduled for Friday, April 5th at Strathcona County Council Chambers.  The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome!  Drop by and share in some fellowship as Volunteer Strathcona and its partner Imperial Oil (with some wonderful help from our Mayor Rod Frank) celebrate volunteerism in our community.

In addition, this year, Volunteer Strathcona is excited to present ‘Self Care Sunday.’  This wellness fair will be held on April 7th, at the Sherwood Park Log Cabin, and all volunteers in the County are encouraged to drop by and learn about the importance of taking time to care for themselves, while they are helping the community.  Check out more details on vendors and sponsors at www.volunteerstrathcona.ca/national-volunteer-week.

Strathcona County residents and community groups can receive more information through a monthly newsletter that Volunteer Strathcona issues for non-profit organizations, community groups and interested residents. To sign up for this newsletter, visit the Volunteer Strathcona  website at www.volunteerstrathcona.ca.

Whether hosting an event, planning a course or letting residents know about non-profits, Volunteer Strathcona works to ensure that if you are a volunteer or a non-profit in the county, you are supported and informed. Give us a call at 780-464-4242.  We have a wonderful team ready to help!