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The Garden Patch

The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative. Our mission is to grow nutritious produce for distribution in emergency food baskets at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre’s (SFBLC). Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we harvested 17,825 lbs of fresh produce in 2017.

Open May 1st to Sept 29th
Hours: Tuesday: 10 am – 3 pm, Wednesday: 3 pm – 8 pm, Thursday: 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Location: 900 Block of 3rd Ave North, between Duke and Duchess Streets

In order to have another successful year, we need volunteers! To become a volunteer at the Garden Patch:

1. Drop-in when you are free! Each week we have scheduled volunteer drop-in hours. You do not have to register in advance, simply stop by! If you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer you will be provided with a 20-minute orientation that includes information about safety, expectations, and opportunities.

2. Plan a morning or afternoon of volunteering for your group, organization or business! To book your volunteer date, email:garden.patch@saskatoonfoodbank.org

There are no costs associated with any of these volunteer opportunities and you don’t need to have any gardening experience to help out!! In addition to all of the necessary tools we provide support and instruction!

Individuals who volunteer for more than 30 hours are eligible to receive a volunteer reference from a staff member. Therefore, volunteering at the Garden Patch is an excellent opportunity to build a resume and gain valuable work experience.

In addition, check out our FREE workshop series! Visit the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s events page for a complete list of workshops.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or getting or your community organization involved, please contact garden.patch@saskatoonfoodbank.org

Saskatoon Food Bank website

VVCA Help Wanted

Interested in making your community a little better? VVCA is always looking for volunteers!

VVCA is run by volunteers who organize and attend meetings, provide programs and activites for youth and adults, work with the City regarding development, parking and other issues, keep the rink in good condition, publish a newsletter and website, raise money for community events and projects, and generally try to make your neighbourhood a little nicer to live in.

Sounds fun, right? If something on that short list fills a need in you, or you have other ideas on how to improve your neighbourhood, come out to a monthly VVCA board meeting and have your say. We’d love to hear your ideas and would be more than happy to find you a spot on our board if you are interested.

Right now, the VVCA is looking for a Newsletter Editor – putting together three issues a year (one printed, two digital) full of information of interest to our community. We do have someone filling the chair for the next few issues, but would like to see someone new take this on. See information about our newsletters and previous issues here.

Email info@vvcasaskatoon.com for more information, or check out the About Us page for information on the dates of our next board meeting.

Jane’s Walk 2018 – volunteers

Do you have a favorite spot that tells a story about Saskatoon – perhaps about your own neighbourhood?

Jane’s Walk, the 1st weekend in May 2018, is making the call out for walk leaders. A typical walk takes about an hour and is free. This event, now in 212 cities, is inspired by the life of Jane Jacobs, a writer, and urban activist who championed the voices of everyday people in city-building.

A user-friendly form for walk leaders is on our new website and this is also where you will check in late April for the 15 or more walks in Saskatoon that you might join: http://janeswalksaskatoon.ca/index.php/about/. Samples of topics and locations of past walks are on the blog http://saskatoonjaneswalk.blogspot.ca. Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JanesWalkSaskatoon/.

Campus Advocate

RESULTS Canada (RC) is a non-profit national grassroots advocacy organization. For more than 30 years, we have worked to create the political will to end global poverty and demonstrate that individuals can make a difference when they employ their political power. A central element of our work is educating citizens and decision-makers about key problems and solutions associated with extreme poverty. To learn more watch our video here [http://www.results-resultats.ca/en/get-involved/].

Are you a post-secondary student looking for meaningful extra-curricular experience, and leadership opportunity?
Are you passionate about international development and sustainable solutions to end global poverty?
Do you want to be a part of an international community of advocates?
Would you like to learn and practice powerful communication skills and techniques in order to influence decision-makers?
Are you a change maker who wants to take actions having impact in the lives of millions of people?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this opportunity could be the right fit for you! Central to RESULTS Canada’s mission are its citizen advocates, passionate people who convene to take action on and create change around the world’s most pressing issues. For the upcoming school year we are looking for enthusiastic leaders who want to take on the challenge of being an ambassador for RESULTS. Included below are some of the volunteer roles we are looking to fill. Please take a look to see which seems like the best fit for you.

Group Leader and Co-Leader will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Inspire and lead a group of student volunteers to collectively learn and take actions on solutions to end extreme poverty. (Material and support provided)
• Mobilize the group to engage their wider community about issues and solutions to end extreme poverty and about the power of citizen’s voices.
• Support and coordinate the roles of the members in the team, and liaise with the RESULTS National Office and Community.

Outreach Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Reach out to students, teachers and community members to expand the reach of your RESULTS Canada group.
• Develop an outreach strategy to engage more people in taking advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaigns.

Logistics Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Coordinate bookings of rooms, meetings, tables and banner space.
• Manage database of contacts.

Internal Relations Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Liaise with club administration, other Club’s executives and, with the leader/co-leader, with RESULTS National Office and Community.
• Liaise and partner with other clubs in order to get more people involved in our campaigns against extreme poverty.

Promotions Ambassador will:
• Take advocacy actions on a RESULTS campaign. (Training provided)
• Manage the chapter’s social media presence.
• With the support of the National Office, create promotional materials to use on campus.
• Liaise with student and community media outlets, such as radio and newspapers.

As a RESULTS Canada advocate, you will have the chance to apply to participate in the group leader retreat and the RESULTS National conference happening. These two events are happening in Ottawa in 2018 and will offer valuable leadership training, networking and advocacy experiences. We will be providing a certain amount of bursaries to attend these events. In addition, there are always opportunities to apply for funding for events such as the annual International Conference in Washington were volunteers use their advocacy skills in a meeting with the World Bank, as an example.

To apply please fill out this form (https://resultscda.typeform.com/to/uiWWCh). If you have any questions you can send a message to Michele Bruneau at michele@results-resultats.ca

Doors Open volunteers

Canada 150 – Eras of Building in Saskatoon
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Saskatoon Doors Open is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the event for 2.5 hours! The job requires volunteers to help people with any questions, pointing them in correct directions, and make suggestions as to where their next stop should be! If you or others you may know would be interested in helping out with this event please let them know!

Follow this link to sign up to volunteer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DoorsOpenVolunteer

Contact Kim Ali at 306.652.1400 x 1 or kimali@onpurpose.ca if you have any questions.

What is Doors Open Saskatoon? A biennial event that offers access to architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings in Saskatoon. Doors Open Saskatoon provides an opportunity to explore buildings not normally open to the public in an organized and professional manner.

What types of buildings are involved? Properties involved in past years range from our new police station to our oldest building, the Marr Residence and everything in between. The buildings showcase many architectural styles including new buildings with LEED technology. Schools, churches, commercial enterprises – anyone who wants to tell the history of their building or show off a particular renovation, change of use, or special feature can join the tour.

How are building chosen? Building selection is overseen by a panel of architects, designers and community leaders who volunteer their time. The committee reviews and selects building based on a theme — this year’s theme is “Canada 150 – Eras of Building in Saskatoon”.

What happens June 4? The public will tour as many buildings as they wish. A visit may include an interpreted tour of the building, describing its place in our history, the period style and construction methods / materials or its purpose in the past and today. As well, interpreters may weave stories about interesting characters that owned, operated, or had specific connections to each building.

As a volunteer what is your commitment? Before the event, volunteers agree to attend a volunteer training to learn what to expect on Doors Open Saskatoon day, which building they are assigned to, and more. The day of the event, volunteers work for one or two 2.5 hour shift(s) on Sunday, June 4, 2017 sometime between 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Albert CC Seeks Board Members

Albert Community Centre Management Committee Seeking Board Members

The Albert Community Centre Management Committee supervises the operation of the Albert Community Centre and is currently looking for volunteers to fill two vacancies. The Committee meets monthly on every third Friday at noon, lunch is provided, and there are no meetings in July and August.

Qualifications include:
– Community involvement;
– Interest in historical structures and preservations;
– Experience admistrating a budget; and
– Interest in the functions and use of the Albert Community Centre.

If you are interested in contributing to the management and preservation of this historic community building, please contact:
City Clerk’s Office – City Hall – (306) 975-3240 – for an application
Mr. Grant Whitecross, Chair – (306) 221-8100

Christmas Hamper Program

Saskatoon Inner-City Christmas Hamper Program this Friday:

As they have done for many years, Saskatoon churches of various denominations have put together 100s of Christmas food hampers to give those who could use a little extra help at Christmas.

The hampers have already been organized and prepared. All that is needed now is to deliver them from St. Mary’s Parish Hall (20th Street and Avenue O) to waiting recipients in the area.

Volunteered help is needed to do this:
1. Carry the hampers from the St. Mary’s parish hall to vehicles on the street that will deliver them.
2. And/or drive or ride along to help deliver the hampers.

If you can and wish to help, please come to St. Mary’s Parish Hall (20th Street and Avenue O) this Friday, December 23 at 12:30 pm. There will be many other single and couple volunteers there. Your help is most welcome and needed, whether or not you are a parish member or church goer.

If you can bring a vehicle, fine. But you do not need to bring a vehicle. There will be many.

In past Christmases, the entire delivery of 100s of hampers has been finished in less than 2 hours.

Saskatoon Services for Seniors

Saskatoon Services for Seniors is a community-based, not-for-profit organization established in 1988 that supports older adults (55+), seniors and physically challenged individuals’ aging-in-place in their own homes, in their own communities, for as long as possible, and with dignity.

Our services support all older adults, seniors and physically challenged individuals’ by offering services that include:
• housekeeping
• yard work
• snow shoveling
• other specialized services

If you are interested in helping using our services, or support low-income seniors, please consider, volunteering, making a donation (we are registered charity) and becoming a member.
Contact 306-668-2764 or ed.saskatoonservices4seniors@sasktel.net

Volunteer opportunities
We are currently seeking volunteers for:
1. Office administration support
 Answering incoming phone calls to the office
 Updating membership lists by contacting members to verify information
 Filing
Hours: 2-3 per week

2. Peer-to-peer assistance for seniors
 Provide support to seniors who need errands run
 Provide home support assistance to low income seniors who are unable to afford fee-for-services provided by SSFS (e.g. laundry, assistance getting to meals, etc.)
Hours: determined by specific need.

NB: We currently have one senior male who is in need of weekly laundry and light housekeeping est. 1.5 hours.

New Citizen Advisory Panel

New Citizen Advisory Panel – Help us build a better Saskatoon!

The City of Saskatoon would like to invite you to join our new Citizen Advisory Panel. As a part of this panel, you will be invited to provide your input on a range of topics that affect our City, from specific feedback on programs and services, to broader decisions that affect the direction of our City.

You will receive occasional survey invitations and when you participate, you will have the chance to win some great prizes. To get us started, everyone who signs up for the Citizen Advisory Panel before May 31st, 2016 will be eligible to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

We are excited to hear from you. Registration is quick and easy, so join today! https://saskatoon.ca/citizen-advisory-panel

Doors Open Saskatoon – Volunteers Needed!

Doors Open Saskatoon – Join us! Get involved and volunteer!

Have some fun and volunteer on Sunday, June 7 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM or 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Help us help the people of Saskatoon to appreciate our built heritage!

If you or any of your friends, family, coworkers are interested in getting involved in this event – please direct them to register online here http://surveymonkey.com/s/DOSYXEvolunteer or have them email Megan, the Doors Open Saskatoon 2015 Coordinator, at morr@onpurpose.ca for more information.

Anyone who registers by this Friday, May 29 will be entered to win a draw prize!

Coldest Night of the Year Walk

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 80+ communities across Canada on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.

The Bridge & Lighthouse serve people living with poverty in Saskatoon. Your involvement in the WALK will impact hundreds of lives in a positive way, helping build a bright future that once seemed out of reach. The Lighthouse exists to help people reach their potential by providing emergency shelter, supported living, and affordable housing for anyone who is in need of a place to call home. The Bridge exists to bring people together, to meet needs within Saskatoon’s inner city, so that ALL would be changed. The Bridge is in the beginning stages of expanding the programs and services it currently runs to include Transitional Program Housing.

Start/Finish: The Lighthouse
Times: Here’s the schedule for the walk:
4:00 – Registration opens
4:30 – 10 KM Walk begins
4:45 – 5KM Walk begins
5:00 – 2KM Walk begins, Registration closes
7:30 – Route closes

Between 6:00 and 7:30 pm a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers. So, be sure to linger with us afterwards, share some laughs, hang with some friends and celebrate the walk – at least till you warm up.

Registration opens at 4:00 pm. All 10 and 5 km walkers should try to be there at four to ensure start times will be kept. (If walkers are late for registration, and therefore late for their distance’s start time, they will be asked to walk a shorter route, with the next start time. ) All walkers must check-in and sign a waiver form before participating. Please come prepared with:
– All cash and cheques payable to “Coldest Night of the Year”
– Pledge sheet with all donor data filled out completely and neatly OR
– Post all pledges of cash and cheques online in your personal fundraising page and print off the “My Donor List” and bring with cash or cheques**.
– Bring a signed WAIVER FORM available online under TOOLS / FORMS on the main site .

Note: Walkers who raise $150 (adults) or $75 (youth aged 13-17) do NOT have to pay the $25 registration fee.

Coldest Night of the Year website.

Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. Based on current incidence rates, the MS Society of Canada estimates that approximately 1000 new cases of MS are diagnosed in Canada each year, which means three more Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day. Chances are you have a relative, friend, coworker, acquaintance or classmate with the condition.

“My experience with multiple sclerosis began early: I was a teenager when my mom was diagnosed. At first, I don’t think I really understood what was going on. Her MS was mild for the most part. That has changed recently as my mother approaches retirement. It scares me that my mom might not be able to walk, and even more, not enjoy her retirement.”
– Rhonda Head, Saskatoon Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walker

Lace up your walking shoes and take a step for someone you love. Join us in the fight to end MS. The 25th Anniversary Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk in Saskatoon takes place on April 26th, 2015 at the Archibald Arena. As a national incentive, register by January 31st and be entered to win a vacation package valued at $1500! For more information on the contest including rules and eligibility and to register for the event please visit www.mswalks.ca or call 244-2114.