Brock Cares Day of Service 2014: Volunteer Project Options

Student Community Outreach

Brock Cares Day of Service 2014: Volunteer Project Options

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Adopt-a-Road

About the Organization
In December, 1993, the council at the Regional Municipality of Niagara authorized staff to organize and implement an Adopt-a-road program as a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along certain Regional rights-of-way. It is a way for certain environmentally conscientious citizens, community and civic organizations, private business and industry to contribute to a cleaner environment and a more beautiful Regional road system.

In partnership with the Niagara Region, this is part of Brock's on-going wish to contribute to a clean community on campus and beyond.


Project Details

Volunteers will spend the day close to campus beautifying the sides of the roads along St. David's road by the main entrance to Brock's campus, to the area just past the entrance to the 406 (and beyond if possible!).

Requirements: Volunteers will be working outdoors, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for this project site.

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Brock Parade Float and CIBC Run for the Cure

About the Organization

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single-day; volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs. Founded by a small group of volunteers, its purpose has been to raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer cause. Since its inception, the CIBC Run for the Cure has made great strides in expanding its reach and impact, while remaining true to its grassroots and volunteer founders’ vision.

In 66 communities across Canada, 130,000 participants gathered for the 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure to help raise $27 million for the breast cancer cause. Dollars raised through the CIBC Run for the Cure help fund innovative research, health education, and advocacy programs that aim to reduce the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer and help support women and their families who have experienced the disease. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is extremely grateful for this support and is honoured to be entrusted by the nation to continue to lead the way towards our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

Project Details

Volunteers will be helping to build and beautify the Brock Grape and Wine Parade float in the morning and then assisting in preparing for the CIBC Run for the Cure event in the afternoon.

 

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Brock DIG Community Garden

About the Organization

DIG exists as an outlet for alternative environmental education and action at Brock through the production of local food on campus. As a community initiative, it supports learning through personal experiences and teamwork.

Brock’s community garden gives folks a chance to participate in growing local produce right here on campus! At DIG, we believe that the best way to know your food is to grow your food. We aim to engage the Brock community in the common goals of social responsibility and environmental sustainability by planting, sharing, and eating our own wholesome, healthy, delicious crops.

Project Details

Volunteers will be working outside on Brock campus in the Brock DIG Community Garden, helping to maintain and upkeep the area.

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Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty

 

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United Way of St. Catharines & District

About the Organization
The United Way funds many programs and charitable organizations that benefit our community. It helps to fill the gaps left between government programs and the available funds of low income families. It is a staggering reality that 1 in 6 families in the Niagara Region live in poverty. Each year Brock University’s faculty and staff host a United Way campaign to raise funds for the United Way and the 65 programs funded by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.
Brock University is a proud and longstanding partner and fundraising body for the United Way - St. Catharines & District.


Project Details

By participating in this on-campus volunteer site, you will help to collate United Way information and donor packages for Brock’s Annual United Way Campaign.

 

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Canadian Blood Services

About the Organization
Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose sole mission is to manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians. Canadian Blood Services collects approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year. They manage the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network whose mission is to secure, in an expeditious way, donors for Canadian bone marrow transplant patients and for patients abroad. In addition, they screen every donor and test each unit of blood or blood product collected for a variety of transmissible diseases and ensures that Canadian transfusion medicine research and development remains at the cutting edge.
Canadian Blood Services is committed to blood safety. In addition to the effective screening and testing processes, this pursuit of safety is reflected in every branch of its organizational structure and in each management and operational decision that is made.


Project Details
At this volunteer site, volunteers will develop creative promotional materials for promotion of blood donor clinics, and assist with the refreshment area for blood donors.

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Greening Niagara

About the Organization

We are a non-profit environmental organization that provides eco-education and actions on issues relating to climate change to improve resilience in Niagara. 

From marginalized community groups to corporations, we seek to inspire others to advance sustainability and increase resiliency in the Niagara region. We partner with individuals, businesses, other non-profit organizations and local government bodies. Our programs focus on facilitating education-in-action and provide the tools to make lifestyle changes that can create a large and lasting impact on our community and environment. 

We provide programs and tools to help individuals reduce carbon emissions and contribute to healthier, economically stronger communities. We collaborate closely with municipalities, businesses, school boards, faith-based organizations, volunteers, and other community-based non-profits and charities. We assist observable change through our local initiatives.

 

Project Details

Volunteers will be working at the Stokes property for Greening Niagara working on a project outlined by them.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Close-toed shoes are required to volunteer at this site.

 

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Habitat for Humanity

About the Organization

Established in 1993, Habitat for Humanity Niagara's mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara is a team of enthusiastic volunteers, community and staff. We are guided by our values, committed to transforming the lives of people in need of affordable housing. In doing so, we transform the communities of the Niagara Region.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara will be recognized and welcomed as a leader in advocacy for, and provision of, affordable housing. We help people in need through an increase in housing supply, housing type and resource acquisition.

Project Details

ReCreate Team Member

              Upcycling donated items into designer quality home furnishings

              Project based work includes (but not limited to) sanding, painting, detail work

              Creative & design/decorating savvy helpful but not necessary

 

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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Heartland Forest – Hoedown Event

About the Organization

Mission:  To build healthy children and communities who feel a deep connection to the natural world.

With a mandate of preservation, education and accessibility, Heartland Forest opened in 2004.  Founder Dan Bowman, purchased the land in 1999, rescuing it from industrial development. Over the years Dan’s dedication has led to the construction of barrier-free forest trails with outdoor learning centres, one of the largest tree houses in Canada with a 210 foot ramp, a turtle pond with ramped lookouts, a fish & frog pond with boardwalks.

Project Details

Volunteers will be helping at their Western themed "Hoedown Event"- volunteers would be at craft stations, food & bbq stations, obstacle course/games, train rides, mini putt, etc.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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Learning Disabilities of Niagara Region

About the Organization

Our purpose is to provide resources and support to individuals who are affected by learning disabilities within the Niagara Region. We provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services, and advance the full participation in society of children, youth and adults with learning differences.

LDANR’s programs are designed to support children, youth and adults who are struggling with a learning disability; however the individual does not need to be formally diagnosed with a learning disability to participate in these programs. LDANR recognizes that a formal diagnosis is not something all individuals/families can have done and therefore we welcome children, youth and adults who are struggling in their academics and social life due to an identified or non-identified learning disability. The Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region currently offers multiple programs: Reading Rocks!, Reading Rocks Junior, Let's R.E.A.D., B.E.S.T., and S.L.A.M. for children and youth who have undiagnosed/diagnosed learning disabilities/ADHD.

 

Project Details

The volunteers will be responsible for assisting in the preparation of our fall programming. The specific tasks that will be involved include:

-Putting together hands-on literacy and numeracy games/activities of varying levels

-Putting together hands-on social skills games/activities

-Organizing literacy assessments for children in the program

-Organizing and putting together motivational workstation stations for each academic component of the program

-Assemble training packages for facilitators and volunteers

 

 

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Lincoln County Humane Society

About the Organization
The Lincoln County Humane Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals; to alleviate their suffering and neglect, support the human-animal bond and foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures. They will provide safe refuge and compassionate care for animals. They will pursue workable solutions to the most urgent animal welfare issues of our community, which are animal overpopulation and homelessness. These solutions will emphasize the mutual benefits of bringing pets and people together. They will provide rescue and control as a lifeline to animals in need, as a necessary service to our community. They will encourage and provide for pet adoption, animal assisted therapy, pet care education, spay and neuter program and investigations of cruelty and neglect.
As a not-for-profit organization they operate these programs with integrity, in a financially responsible manner that secures a financially viable future for this organization with a strong commitment to fundraising and membership development.


Project Details
Volunteers will be working on some general yard work and light gardening, as well as organizing offices and interacting with the animals at the Lincoln County Humane Society.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

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Mayholme Foundation

About the Organization

The mission of the Mayholme Foundation is to promote and assist genealogical and historical research by collecting, storing and preserving historic documents and materials and to bring the public an awareness of the role our ancestors played in the history of our community.

Mayholme Foundation is a non-profit charitable group dedicated to the study and collection of family history, and to preserve the heritage of families in the areas of old Lincoln and Welland Counties.

Project Details

Volunteers at this project site will be helping to archive donated materials so that it can be used for historical and family research. This will involve identifying, assessing, scanning and photographing archival materials and museum artifacts so that they can be preserved and organized, in addition to finding online material related to research, and organizing materials awaiting accession.

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Morningstar Mill of St. Catharines

About the Organization

Morningstar Mill is a small, rural industrial heritage site owned by the City of St. Catharines and operated in partnership with the Friends of Morningstar Mill. It features a working grist mill built in 1872, a turbine shed, a sawmill, a blacksmith and carpentry shop and the historic home of the Morningstar family. The Mill provides a rare glimpse back in time to when moving water was used to mechanically grind grain into flour.

Project Details

Moving historic objects from the mill attic to the barn attic (volunteers will be trained on how to move and handle small artifacts); installing shelving if needed; light cleaning of the mill and miller’s house.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

About the Organization

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre is a community based non-profit charitable organization whose team of professional staff and volunteers provide vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding life in Canada. Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre will be a pivotal resource in welcoming newcomers to our community and will be valued as one of the finest settlement agencies in Ontario.

Project Details

Volunteers will be running activities for children at our Annual Community Cup Soccer Event including potato sack races, three-legged races, and mini soccer games.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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The Kidney Foundation of Canada

About the Organization

In the 1960s, people with kidney failure had little hope of survival.  Dialysis was considered an extraordinary treatment and restricted to very few. Transportation was still experimental. It was during this time that a young Montreal architect, Morty Tarder, died from kidney disease. Confronted with their son’s death, the Tarder family vowed to start an organization that would raise money for research into this poorly understood disease.  In 1964, The Kidney Disease Foundation of Canada, as it was known then, was created in Montreal.

Today, the Kidney Foundation of Canada if the national health charity committed to kidney health and to improved lives for all people living with kidney disease. Our vision is an enduring legacy of those dedicated volunteers who, 50 years ago, started out with a compelling cause and the resolve to make a difference.

Project Details

The event is called The Welland Kidney Walk. Volunteers will assist in: setting up the site, overseeing the registration area, act as route marshals, serve food stations, activity stations, act as photographers, and assist in the site tear down following the walk.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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The Salvation Army Port Colborne Thrift Store

About the Organization

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. There are three core values of our faith – Salvation, Holiness and Intimacy with God. Rooted in these three values are the seven core operational values which guide all aspects of The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda. The seven core operational values are: Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Relevance, Co-operation, and Celebration.

Project Details

Volunteers will be working on site of the Port Colborne Salvation Army store assisting in the sorting and re-organizing of the storage and sorting rooms.

 

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The Kidney Foundation of Canada

About the Organization

In the 1960s, people with kidney failure had little hope of survival.  Dialysis was considered an extraordinary treatment and restricted to very few. Transportation was still experimental. It was during this time that a young Montreal architect, Morty Tarder, died from kidney disease. Confronted with their son’s death, the Tarder family vowed to start an organization that would raise money for research into this poorly understood disease.  In 1964, The Kidney Disease Foundation of Canada, as it was known then, was created in Montreal.

Today, the Kidney Foundation of Canada if the national health charity committed to kidney health and to improved lives for all people living with kidney disease. Our vision is an enduring legacy of those dedicated volunteers who, 50 years ago, started out with a compelling cause and the resolve to make a difference.

Project Details

The event is called The Welland Kidney Walk. Volunteers will assist in: setting up the site, overseeing the registration area, act as route marshals, serve food stations, activity stations, act as photographers, and assist in the site tear down following the walk.

Requirements: Volunteers will be working both indoors and outdoors, depending on the task, so please dress appropriately for weather and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

 

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RAFT Niagara

About the Organization

Since its inception, the RAFT has supported thousands of youth, helping them to become independent and self-sufficient individuals. The RAFT is operated by the Niagara Resource Service for Youth and with funding from service clubs, community groups, the faith community and local agencies, the RAFT officially opened in May of 1994. Beginning as a drop in center operating 5 nights a week, the RAFT expanded its programs to include a 16 bed 24/7 hostel, a Steps to Independent Living Program, a Regional Transportation Program, a community based Youth Reconnection Program and Community Development initiatives aimed at strengthening stressed neighborhoods and empowering at-risk youth.

The community development initiatives are aimed at reducing and preventing the number of at-risk youth in Niagara. Through its Neighborhood Awakening Initiative, the RAFT helps build stronger, caring communities in Niagara by engaging potential at-risk youth and fostering their empowerment, independence and self-esteem. As the RAFT grew, it developed key community partners who shared its vision and beliefs.  Today, in conjunction with its partners, the RAFT continues to respond to the needs of at-risk youth.  Working together, one step at a time, we do make a difference.

Project Details

Volunteers will be at the downtown St. Catharines location assisting in the kitchen, weeding gardens outdoors, and sorting the clothing and/or food donation rooms.