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Volunteering is an easy way to stack your resume, gain experience in your field, network across the city, and have a great time with like-minded folks.

Getting some volunteer work under your belt can also lead to having a great reference for future job interviews. It can open you up to many bursaries and awards that require some serious volunteer hours.

SAMU offers many different ways to volunteer depending on your interests, skills and availability. We are, however, looking for people with dedication, commitment and at least 10 hours of available time to give per semester.

 

Note:

  • All volunteer positions are available only at City Centre Campus.
  • You will have to create a Volunteer Hub Account in order to see all available positions. 

Food Support volunteers oversee The Pantry and Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club occurs every week and requires dedicated volunteers to hand out food on our mobile cart. 

The Pantry is a confidential service that collects food donations for students who are having financial difficulties and need extra help. Volunteering with The Pantry is particularly helpful for people taking classes in Sociology, Human Services, Social Work, and the Faculty of Health & Community Services.

This position requires a minimum commitment of 2 hours (1 shift) per week. The Pantry volunteers are responsible for:

  • Building Breakfast Club bags 
  • Loading and organizing the Breakfast Club cart        
  • Packing hampers, 
  • Organizing food 
  • Collecting and ensuring adequate inventory
  •  And occasionally be asked to participate in Pantry-related events and represent The Pantry to students and the general public

Sign up to volunteer with The Pantry here.

If you would like to learn more about The Pantry before you volunteer, check out their page!

Food Support Assistant
780-633-3163
SAfoodbank@macewan.cahere.

Help keep students safe!

Safe Walk is a service run by volunteers to safely escort students to their vehicles or public transportation spots in the evening, when you might not feel comfortable walking on your own. If you’re learning about Correctional Services, Emergency Communications and Response, Investigative Studies, Police Studies, Criminology, or you just want to make the streets a safer place, Safe Walk is the perfect opportunity to gain some experience.

This position requires a minimum commitment of 2 hours (1 shift) per week. Safe Walk Volunteers are responsible for:

  • Safely escorting client(s) to their destination 
  • Filling out reporting forms 
  • Patrol Route 
  • Overseeing the Safe Walk desk 

Sign up to volunteer with SafeWalk here. 

If you would like to learn more about Safe Walk before you volunteer, check out their page! 

SafeWalk Assistant
780-633-3320
sasafewalk@macewan.ca

Peer Support is a student-operated program that provides students with a safe, confidential environment to discuss life’s stresses and tough situations with a trained listener. If you’re studying Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Communication, Education, Emergency Communications and Response, Holistic Health, Human Resources, Life Support, Special Needs, Peer Support can help provide you with practical experience and prepare you for your future profession. 

This position requires a minimum commitment of 4 hours (2 shifts) per week. Volunteering with Peer Support involves: 

  • Going through a one-on-one interview prior to being accepted to volunteer with the service.
  • Taking part in a mandatory two weekend-long training sessions on how to properly encourage discussion. 
  • Developing supportive listening skills.
  • Minor administrative duties.

Please note Peer Support’s volunteer intake is only in the Fall Semester, and recruitment closes as soon as all positions are filled.

Sign up to volunteer with Peer Support here. 

If you would like to learn more about Peer Support before you volunteer check out their page

Peer Support Assistant 
780-497-4776
sapeersupport@macewan.ca

Helping students succeed

Are you an individual who is passionate about mental health and wellness amongst your peers and community members? The SAMU Wellbeing program brings focus to educational wellness initiatives and events that are geared towards engaging and promoting positive wellbeing both off and on campus.

Volunteers for this position involve:

  • Raising awareness about mental health initiatives, student wellness and sustainable living.
  • Helping with events that are planned by the SAMU Wellbeing Assistant, such as StressLess, Week of Wellbeing and more!

 Sign up to volunteer with Wellbeing here. 

Curious about community?

Have you ever considered how to adapt within our current climates impacts?

Volunteers for this position involve:

  • Providing students with tangible information that bring focus to, environmental awareness, ecological education, and community based activities.
  • Facilitating and helping with  projects like, ECO Ambassadors, and SustainAmania.
  • SAMU Community volunteers also have the ability to raise awareness around our Student Refugee Program during International Awareness Week.

 Sign up to volunteer with SAMU Community here. 

Help with Events

SAMU organizes plenty of exciting events, like Speaker Series, throughout the year. These large scale events require the help of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers ensure that our events run smoothly!

Volunteers for this position involve:

  •   Help with set-up, teardown,
  •   Running games and activities,
  •   Ushering for events and activities,
  •   And coordinating with the volunteer and events team.

Sign up to volunteer with Events here. 

If you want to learn more about Events, check out our calendar to see what type of events you could be a part of!

Named after the late Dorothy Gray, the Gray Gallery features the artwork of MacEwan Students and Alumni.

Volunteer your time for art gallery events, or volunteer your art! This is a great way to gain exposure and learn more about the arts community in Edmonton. Many employers hope to see applicants with volunteer experience in the arts because it shows initiative.

Sign up to volunteer with The Gray Gallery here

Questions? Contact:

Volunteer Manager
Tosheena Thompson
780-633-3822
savolunteer@macewan.ca

Need incentive?
Besides bolstering your resume, meeting new people, or just gaining some good ol’ fulfillment there are other perks to volunteering!

Read about the SAMU Volunteer Incentive Program and decide if this type of thing is for you.

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SAMU Programs aim to provide students with activities and opportunities to learn about wellbeing, as well as raising awareness about various resources available to students, both in and outside the MacEwan community.

Our mission is to provide ongoing and one-off programming with the direct aim to improve the long-term wellbeing of MacEwan students and their community.

SAMU Programs consist of the Student Refugee Program (SRP), StressLess, Sustainability, SAMU Cares, and Artworks. SAMU Programs also runs a variety of other programming and interactive campaigns, blog posts, hands out wellness bags, and organizes activities that fall under two umbrellas of focus – Wellbeing and Community.

Please note, all SAMU programming is subject to change as we respond to updates and guidelines for COVID-19.

Programs Manager
norteym@macewan.ca

Community Assistant
SAcommunity@macewan.ca

Wellbeing Assistant
SAwellbeing@macewan.ca

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Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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