Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association truly believes in volunteerism and the potential of all women. Volunteers are a precious resource to our agency and allow us to promote and enhance our services. The mission of the Volunteer Program is to empower immigrant women through volunteering and recruiting exceptional volunteers to support CIWA’s programs and services. Why do you volunteer for CIWA?
Volunteer of the Month
Every year, CIWA volunteers tirelessly provide thousands of hours of support for immigrant women and their families in Calgary. Without their support and contribution, CIWA would not be able to run the day to day activities of the organization. CIWA recognizes the hard work and outstanding efforts that our volunteers contribute every day to our programs and services through our Volunteer of the Month Initiative.
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Current Volunteer Opportunities
55+ Craft Group
This program provides immigrant women with the opportunity to socialize and discuss age-related topics while knitting/crocheting and doing other craft projects. All CIWA volunteers are required to provide a Police Information Check. The Volunteer Program will provide a support letter to applicants who do not already have PIC results.
Retail Sales Associate / Supervisor
Retail Sales Associate/Supervisor will engage in the retail activities of the Good Neighbor Community Market. The role is a 3-in-1 position and will include shifts in sales and mentorship of CIWA clients engaged at the market and occasional supervision of the market as a whole. Store hours are 3 days a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 7 hours per day, for 6 months starting mid July 22, 2021. One or more candidates will be selected.
Youth Career Exploration Mentor
This program includes mentorship services to enhance the career readiness of immigrant girls ages 14 to 21. The project engages participants to build on their strengths and areas of interest to explore different education and career paths. All CIWA volunteers who work with youth are required to provide a Police Information Check and a Child Welfare Intervention Check. The Volunteer Program will provide all necessary paperwork to help you obtain these documents.
This program enhances intercultural understanding and provides youth with opportunities for personal growth and community involvement through one-on-one and group sessions. It is offered as a means to inspire youth to become engaged in their communities through a mentor/mentee relationship. All CIWA volunteers are required to provide a Calgary Police Service Intervention Record Check.
Support in the following languages is needed:
Amharic, Kurdish, Oromo, Somali, Tigrigna, and Turkish.
Girls Culture Club In-School Support
This program addresses the needs of young immigrant, refugee and visible minority girls between the ages of 10 and 19 through education, cultural awareness and successful integration. All CIWA volunteers are required to provide a Calgary Policy Services security check as well as a Child Welfare Intervention Check.
Group Facilitator – New Friends and Neighborhood Groups
The NFNG program is available to supports immigrant women living in Calgary. The goal of the program is to help women practice English, build friendships, and learn about life in Calgary/Canada. All CIWA volunteers are required to provide a Police Information Check, the Volunteer Program will provide a support letter to applicants who do not already have PIC results.