Volunteering at SWESA

Volunteers are one of the main reasons why SWESA is able to provide affordable programs to its members.  Almost half of SWESA members are willing to help out as volunteers, bringing a wealth of experience, talent and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves and help out.  This is an amazing show of enthusiasm!

SWESA’s Board is indebted to the volunteers who make huge contributions to developing our Seniors Centre. Your help makes everything at SWESA possible and your enthusiasm is the welcoming face to our membership.

President Josie Richardson is ready to cut the Thank You cake at the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

 “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

As a SWESA volunteers you will have fun pursuing your interests and be recognized for your contribution of time and talent. Training is provided. Please contact our Program Coordinator at programs@swedmontonseniors.ca for more information.

If you would like to be a volunteer, click here for the SWESA Participant & Volunteer Form, which contains a section relating to volunteering on the back. Bring the form back with you next time you come to SWESA.

The form shares expectations about:

  • confidentiality (being careful with membership information)
  • liability (being safe in the work you decide to do)
  • photographs (checking that you are okay to have photos taken)
  • emergency contacts

What can I do?

There are so many ways you can contribute your time and experience.  Look at the opportunities below for something that fits your interest and time.  Click on the highlighted titles for more information.

Committees and Programs

Front Desk Volunteer – You would be trained for this position which supports ongoing programs at SWESA. During your volunteer shift you would help with photocopying, typing, answering the phone, receiving and filing forms and payments and other office activities

Volunteer Committee Member – You would join the team of Board Directors and other volunteers developing the volunteer program at SWESA.  You would attend regular meetings and help on committee tasks.  During Covid 19, all meetings are by Zoom or phone.

 Communications and Marketing Committee Member  You would join the team of Board Directors and other volunteers helping to promote awareness of SWESA and get the word out on programs and events.  You would attend regular meetings and help on committee tasks.  During Covid 19, all meetings are by Zoom or phone.

Fundraising Committee Member – You would join the team of Board Directors and other volunteers developing different ways to raise revenue for SWESA programs.  You would attend regular meetings and help on committee tasks.  During Covid 19, all meetings are by Zoom or phone.

Assistant Photographer – You would help capture the spirit of SWESA membership by taking photos at events or working alongside a professional photographer.

Special Events

If you are willing to help out occasionally – at monthly luncheons, social events and public displays, add your name to the SWESA Volunteer Roster.  When help is needed you will be called.  If you can help that day, great.  If not, no problem.

Kitchen Assistant – help prepare food and clean-up afterward.

Set Up/Clean Up – set up table & chairs, return tables & chairs to storage, sweep floor.

Servers – set up the food table, replenish food as needed.

Registration desk – manage sign-in & sell tickets.

Display hosts – answer questions, handout pamphlets at events

50/50 ticket sales – sell 50/50 tickets at special events

Projects

Photo Archivist -You would take on a project to organize SWESA’s electronic and printed photos to best reflect our history.  You would be oriented to this job, have access to SWESA members with historical knowledge and work with one or two key contact people in SWESA.