The Society, Environment and Energy Development Studies
Foundation (SEEDS) provides over 8,000 Canadian students with energy
and environmental education tools. Established in 1975 to address the
energy education gap, the Calgary-based charity now offers a variety of
school programming, including online teaching modules about climate change
SEEDS most recent enterprise is their Volunteer
Engagement Program Implementation. Funded by a Community Grant from the Calgary
Foundation, the program aims to engage a higher number of teachers, students,
sponsor employees, and citizens in their exciting initiatives. Diane Field,
Executive Director of SEEDS, explains that the organization had not yet had a
clearly defined volunteer engagement strategy, but recent developments in their
programming presented new opportunities for more volunteers to get involved.
Hoping to engage talented volunteers and strengthen its
capacity building within the community, SEEDS allocated a substantial part of the Calgary Foundation grant towards hiring a part-time Community Engagement
While still in the early stages of volunteer engagement,
SEEDS currently has a number of volunteer roles open. These positions include
teachers and corporate sponsor employees who work directly in the classrooms,
and "sustainability volunteers" who work casinos and fundraisers.
work could not have been done without the support of the Calgary Foundation,"
explains Field. "They have helped us form what we feel is a really solid
foundation where we can do the [volunteer development] work correctly."