The Concordia Volunteer Fair is an opportunity for students and the general public to meet representatives from 50 community organizations and learn about the opportunities available to them at Concordia, in Montreal and abroad. The Fair is organized by the Concordia LIVE Centre.
Most people who first start exploring volunteer opportunities are surprised at the variety of opportunities available. The organizations present at the Fair provide you with a great sample of this variety, both in terms of causes supported and tasks available.
Here is the complete list of organizations which will were present on October 10th 2013:
|Cause||Sample organization||Sample volunteer opportunity|
|Support social justice||Social Justice Committee||
Assist in program development. Develop human rights educational tools.
|Fight poverty||Coordinate logitics for a non-profit store. Make recommendations regarding product inventory and presentation for ReStore, a construction material store which raises funds for Habitat for Humanity.
|Support diversity (LGBT)||CAEO Quebec||
Facilitate workshops in high schools. Provide a space to discuss issues of sexual and gender identity and develop strategies to reduce homophobia in everyday situations.
|Promote access to sports and recreation for all||
Coach a sports team and help organize competitions for individuals living with intellectual disabilities.
|Promote literacy||Montreal Children's Library||Manage a IT network. Help update, install and trouble shoot issues with the organization's computers.|
|Protect the environment||
Develop a training manual on how to mount an effective environmental campaign.
|Support women||YWCA Montreal||
Coordinate low-cost activities for women (i.e.: dance, self-defence, etc.) Schedule activities, coordinate volunteers and participants or volunteer to animate a group.
|Promote health||Breast Cancer Action Montreal||Research toxins found in various products. Write blog posts for the FemmeToxic website.|
People who want to find out more about volunteering visit the different kiosks and talk to representatives of the recruiting organizations. It's a good way to learn more about the organizations that interest you and find out which organizations provide the best fit for you, in terms of your interests, goals, and of course, your schedule. (For tips on choosing the best Volunteer Opportunity for you, refer to First Time Volunteering? or Make a Career Move: Strategic Volunteering).
In addition to finding out about many organizations and their current opportunities, the Fair is a great place to approach Volunteer Coordinators and present them with an idea of your own! How would you go about this?
Concordia students can visit the LIVE Volunteer Resource Centre on-campus to discuss with a Volunteer Ambassador, while members of the general public can follow-up with the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal.