National Volunteer Week – snapshot of efforts
National Volunteer Week in Canada runs from April 10 – 16, 2016 and the University of Manitoba is proud to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others in need.
Across this province, dedicated individuals act as caregivers, teach children, welcome immigrants, coach junior athletes and tend gardens as they show pride and love for their communities – and in many cases, for the U of M.
Each year, hundreds of students, staff, alumni and faculty from the university spend thousands of hours volunteering their time and talents in a variety of service learning opportunities, educational support programs and community projects. Whether it’s hammering nails for a build by Habitat For Humanity or one-on-one EAL training with international students, members of the U of M community are giving of themselves and making commitments to strengthen relationships and build a better world for all. Our alumni are everywhere in communities near and far, volunteering their time and energy to make our world a better place. Furthermore, many retirees and members of the local communities surrounding the campus volunteer to guide tours, serve on committees and offer opinions on university issues by participating on panels that involve community engagement.
Through volunteering, students can develop transferable skills such as teamwork, problem solving, creativity, leadership and the ability to handle responsibility. Working on volunteer projects can help increase your knowledge base and can be excellent opportunities to network and make some contacts, not to mention helping to build self-esteem. With volunteer experience, students can gain practical experience in their field of study, invaluable cross-cultural experience, language training/development and travel opportunities, increased personal marketability and exposure to international development issues.
Students, staff, faculty and alumni from the U of M contribute their time and talents to countless projects and programs.
Below is a selection of some student, staff and faculty volunteer programs. UM Today has published many more stories of inspiring volunteers from the University community.
Alternative Reading Week sees students help in local and international communities
Rec and Read connects mentors with Indigenous youth
Smiles for Miles program provides dental hygiene care to new Canadians
CanU is an after-school program that inspires hope and confidence in under-resourced youth
WISE Kid-Netic Energy program is sparking a love of science and engineering
Student-athletes are providing positive role models with Bisons Against Bullying
Students build on creativity, passion and leadership through Let’s Talk Science program
Joyce Slater, professor of human nutritional science works, with community organizations in the North End to promote social justice
The Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) connects with Manitoba’s inner-city and disadvantaged youth to instill a love of science
SWISH program connects with young people while offering a safe and fun place to participate in recreational activities
The Career Mentor Program connects alumni volunteers with students to help explore occupational options
The Alumni Association board of directors is made up of volunteers that work to build a dynamic community of engaged alumni