Our volunteers play a crucial role in our organization and our community. We truly appreciate the dedication and initiative of those who unselfishly contribute their time and energy to further our mission. Give the gift of yourself, your time, your effort, and discover the benefits of volunteering!
Who can volunteer?
Typically, individuals must be 18 or older to volunteer in our programs; however, we will try our best to find a valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to get involved. In particular, we encourage people who have experienced a mental illness themselves to volunteer as a way to engage with the community and provide great inspiration to others. Volunteering is a way to give back to the organization and make a difference.
People volunteer for many different reasons including:
- to gain work experience
- to develop new skills and receive certification in training programs
- to meet new people or expand their network of contacts
- to give back to their community, help someone or promote a worthwhile activity
- to build self-confidence and feel valued
- to learn about mental health and mental health issues
- to help reduce stigma surrounding mental health problems
MILE5 (Mental Illness Literacy Education 5 Day Program) Speakers: For those with a lived experience of a mental health issue to share their story as part of this five day program in high schools. There will be a 10 week training program beginning in September. If interested please contact Taylor Demetrioff, Youth Mental Health Promotion Worker, at 204-982-6105 or email@example.com
Ride Don’t Hide Volunteer Position Descriptions
Ride Don’t Hide is a cycling event being held on the morning of June 25th, 2017, to raise awareness about mental health and mental illnesses, to fight the stigma surrounding them, and raise funds for mental health services in Winnipeg. We would love to have you help out in some way! We are looking for volunteers for the following positions – we will need the most as marshals.
Before the Rides:
- Set Up: We need some able-bodied individuals to help us set up for the rides. This includes ensuring that trail markers are still intact, set up tables and chairs, tents, put up signs, etc. (approximately 7:00 or 7:30 am – 9:00 or 9:30 am*)
- Registration: Your beautiful/handsome face will be one of the first that riders encounter! Register riders as they arrive – check off their names, collect registration money, hand out tote bag of swag, etc. and encourage them as they prepare to ride! (approximately 8:00 or 8:30 am – 10:00 am*).
During the Rides:
- Marshalls: Course control is one of our most important roles and will require the largest number of volunteers. Marshals will direct the cyclists and monitor course crossings to ensure rider safety. You will be partnered with another volunteer, or sign up to volunteer with a friend. Bonus: you are right where the action is taking place! Feel free to bring some noisemakers and get ready to cheer our riders on! (approximately 8:30 am – noon*)
- Water/Snack Station: Use your friendly personality to welcome riders and visitors while handing out water and snacks. (approximately 9:30 am – 1:00 pm)
- Greeters/Floaters: Love to meet new people? Join us a greeter to welcome riders, their supporters, and those who come to take part in the fun! Circulate throughout the event area to chat with those participating in this great event and help out as needed. If you like to face paint or juggle you could use those skills here too – but not a requirement. (approximately 9:00 am – noon*)
- Groundskeepers: Help us keep Vimy Ridge Park clean and beautiful by circulating and picking up garbage throughout the event (we will provide a garbage pick). Feel free to greet or stop and chat with visitors and riders. (approximately 11:00 am – 1:00 pm*)
After the Rides:
- Tear Down: After the celebrations we will need to return Vimy Ridge Park as well as the pit stops – the Legislature grounds and in front of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – back to its original beautiful state. Help by packing up tents, tables and chairs, taking down signs, taking down trail markers, picking up garbage, etc. (approximately 1:00 – 3:00 pm*)
*Times may be subject to change
See www.ridedonthide.com for more information on the event, to register for one of the rides as an individual or team, or to register as a virtual rider so that you can fundraise without actually having to cycle in the rides!
How Do I Volunteer?
Contact volunteer services at 204-982-6125 or VMS@cmhawpg.mb.ca for more information. You may download the volunteer application form and once completed drop it off in person, send by mail or fax it to 204-982-6128.