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The Volunteer Workforce

photo credit: Making Changes Association

In 2011, over 1,500 women facing economic challenges came to the Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta to improve their quality of life by participating in the Walk-In Closet and Employment & Life Skills Programs. Making Changes takes a community development approach to their work, and believes in women helping other women with their transition in to the workforce.

Volunteer Manager, Amanda Delamer explains that as a grassroots organization with only six staff members, Making Changes is largely volunteer-driven. Currently, 150 volunteers work for the organization to help women build confidence and begin to feel excited about participating in the community.

Volunteer roles include: one-on-one image consultations, conducting mock interviews with immigrant women, working as store merchandisers sorting through donations, administrative assistance, as well as special events and marketing opportunities.

Faced with a unique challenge of more volunteer support and partnership opportunities than they could handle, Making Changes came to The Calgary Foundation for a Spring 2011 Community Grant in support of their Volunteer Resource Capacity Building initiative.

Currently, Making Changes has a wait list of over 40 women hoping to come on board as volunteers. Thanks to the Foundation, the organization has increased their volunteer capacity with a dedicated employee who can more actively engage with potential volunteers to ensure they feel a part of the Making Changes family.

"Engagement, communication and awareness is the big picture of what's been strengthened by The Calgary Foundation's grant," says Delamer. Thanks to a highly-skilled group of volunteers working in their areas of strength, volunteers feel their work is meaningful and that they are an important contribution to the bigger picture.

For more information, visit the Making Changes Association website.