Well, hello there, sunshine.
The glorious summer sun opens up endless possibilities for fun and adventure. While you are lying on the grass, soaking up some rays, mulling over the meaning of life and wondering how you can make the most of your summer, here’s a thought to ponder: Why not volunteer?
Volunteering allows you to step out of your comfort zone and opens up your world to wonderful new experiences. Whether your goal is to meet new people, be more active, learn a new skill or two, or just about anything under the sun (pun intended), there is a volunteer opportunity out there with your name on it. So why not make your summer both exciting and productive by volunteering?
There are many ways to get involved while being able to enjoy all that summertime has to offer. Below are some ideas to get you out and volunteering.
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES!
Summertime is a hotbed for festivals and events. Volunteering is the best way to enjoy these events up close – plus, you often get free access, special privileges and sometimes freebies as an “insider”.
Calgary Fringe Festival – July 29 to August 6
If you enjoy live theatre and meeting new people, join the Calgary Fringe Festival team! In exchange for your time and dedication, you get free theatre performances, parties, free gear, and lots of fun!
Marda Gras Street Festival – August 7
Be in the middle of all the action as the streets ofCalgarycome to life during the Marda Gras Street Festival. Volunteer and be among the thousands of visitors to immerse themselves in the culture and cuisine ofNew Orleanswhile enjoying tons of free entertainment.
Afrikadey! Festival – August 13
Broaden your world and rock to the rhythm of African tunes. Feel the excitement and energy in the midst of the yearly festival in celebration of the vibrant African culture at the Prince’sIslandPark.
Calgary Police Association Rodeo – August 20
Hold on to your cowboy hat and help out at the police rodeo, an amateur competition with contestants from across Canada. The family oriented event features a Children’s Carnival, exhibitions and concessions while in the evening, adults enjoy a barn dance. All proceeds go to the Missing Children’s Society of Canada.
Bow River Flow – August 21
Go with the flow and join the urban festival of human-powered transportation (stroll, float, run and roll!) Enjoy local music, art, fitness activities, and leave a positive footprint in the world by volunteering at an event that celebrates and promotes healthy communities.
GlobalFest (Calgary Fireworks Festival Society) – August 25 – 27
Celebrate summer with a bang during the annual festival celebrating Calgary’s cultural diversity. The Fireworks Festival, Night Market, and OneWorld festival will showcase sights, sounds, smells, and tastes from around the world. As a volunteer, you get a FREE site pass for 5 nights of the festival!
Pride Calgary Weekend – September 2
Participate in this colorful celebration of diversity and take pride in the fact that you’re helping to promote awareness and understanding of Calgary’s LGBTA community through Pride Festival Events.
There’s no time like summertime to burn that stubborn winter weight off and get fit and fabulous. If you’re not a fan of bootcamps or gyms, volunteering at various sports-themed events and fundraisers just might give you the jump start and inspiration you need to get started on your quest for better health and fitness.
Rock the House Run at Ronald McDonald House – August 7
Calgary Dragon Boat Society – August 6 & 7
Terry Fox Run – September 18
Winsport Canada (Canada Olympic Park)
Something about the beautiful weather makes people want to flock to nature. Here are some ways you can volunteer to help keep the environment clean, green and vibrant for everyone to enjoy for this summer and many more summers to come.
If you’ve got a green thumb, offer up your services to the City ofCalgaryand help give city parks a summer beauty makeover.
Are you passionate about the state of the planet? Lend a hand at an event that brings people from the environmental sector together to discuss latest technologies in environmentally sustainable options.
Do you have a soft spot for animals? Join conservation efforts and help rescue and rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife and give them a better chance at survival.
Round up some nasty weeds or adopt a patch of greenery at Waterton Park and help protect its precious ecosystem. You get free entrance to the park on the day of your volunteer work.
Do your bit to protect ecologically significant areas by joining the battle against invasive plant life and keeping track of endangered animal species.
Get ready, get set, and go!
The best thing about volunteering is that no matter what you choose to do, you know that in some way you are contributing to what makes this city such a fantastic place to live. So if you want a fun and meaningful way to spend your summer days, indulge in some volunteering.
For more volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca
Have a wonderful summer and happy volunteering!