Calgary Dream Centre
4510 Macleod Trail SW Calgary AB T2G 0A4 (403) 243-5598

Opportunities to Volunteer in Calgary

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In vibrant Calgary, a beacon of hope shines through the altruistic work carried out by the volunteers in our city.

Calgary is a place where individuals can donate their time and skills to make a meaningful impact on people facing adversity. Volunteering in Calgary isn’t just about giving back; it’s about being part of a transformative movement that uplifts the entire community.

Whether you’re an individual or a group, you can find volunteer opportunities that use your existing skills to:

  • Support others through their struggles
  • Offer educational support
  • Provide administrative support
  • Help with day-to-day operations
  • Prepare and serve meals
  • Raise funds and awareness
  • Take part in projects 
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The essence of volunteerism stems from the very core of human kindness. It reminds us that within each of us lies the power to foster change, support growth, and provide comfort to those in need. For the Calgary Dream Centre, volunteers allow us to continue our mission of helping vulnerable individuals on their journey towards recovery and personal stability.

Why Should I Volunteer My Time?

Why is volunteering so important? It’s more than just lending a hand; it’s about giving a piece of your heart. It’s about making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals who yearn for understanding and a chance to rewrite their stories.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organizations in the city, providing essential support that aids in delivering life-changing services. When you volunteer, you’re doing more than just filling a role—you’re igniting hope.

In addition, volunteering fosters a 2-way street of growth and learning. Volunteers acquire new skills, expand their social networks, and often experience a profound sense of fulfillment. While they contribute to the lives of others, they also gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity and complexity within their own city.

Why We Need Volunteers

The Calgary Dream Centre strives to create personal and systemic change, but we can’t do it without the participation of the community. 

Volunteers offer a diverse range of skills and insights that enrich an organization’s programs and reach. By engaging more hands, the Calgary Dream Centre can extend our outreach and deepen the impact of our services, enabling holistic support structures for those embarking on a fresh start.

The Calgary Dream Centre provides programs that support:

How You Can Volunteer at the Calgary Dream Centre

As a volunteer, you might participate in preparing and serving meals, tutoring or facilitating educational programs, engaging in events, or providing administrative support. These efforts directly contribute to the recovery and personal development of those navigating the challenges of addiction and homelessness.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

For those looking to volunteer on an individual level, the Calgary Dream Centre offers a range of positions that cater to different interests and skills. Whether you are someone who enjoys cooking, teaching, or organizing, there is a space for you to shine and share your unique talents.

Individual opportunities can include:

  • Serving lunch or dinner in our full-service dining room/
  • Preparing emergency food hampers.
  • Supporting our busy meeting rooms by overseeing setup and coffee and tea service.
  • Using your unique talents 
  • Providing administrative support, helping day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Group & Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

The Calgary Dream Centre also presents packages for groups or corporations interested in community service activities. These initiatives not only support the Centre’s mission but can also serve as team-building exercises, allowing colleagues to bond over shared values while contributing to a worthy cause.

Group and corporate opportunities include:

  • Engaging your team in preparing and serving meals, fostering a sense of community.
  • Participating in special events that raise both funds and awareness.
  • Sponsoring a special meal, serving, and interacting with people at the Calgary Dream Centre.

Additionally, there are partnership programs your organization can participate in.

Other Places You Can Volunteer Your Time

While the Calgary Dream Centre stands out for its dedicated work in supporting individuals during difficult transitions, Calgary is rich with opportunities to volunteer across many sectors. From environmental initiatives to cultural events, the city is constantly buzzing with calls for volunteers.

Some great opportunities to volunteer in the community include:

  • Leftovers—An organization dedicated to reducing food waste and putting great food in the hands of service organizations.
  • Benevity—Helps drive impact for charitable organizations through business solutions.
  • The Calgary Food Bank—Provides food to people in need.

Engagement in these wider activities reflects the spirit of the Calgary Dream Centre by highlighting a collective desire to enhance our surroundings and support one another. It’s a reminder that every action, no matter the setting, contributes to the growth and vitality of Calgary as a whole.

Giving Back & Moving Forward

Meaningful volunteering is a shared journey—it brings together volunteers and beneficiaries in a mutual narrative of progress. 

Volunteering is more than an act of charity; it’s a commitment to the well-being of our larger human family. It represents the best of what we can do together, and at the Calgary Dream Centre, the opportunities to be part of this are both abundant and profoundly rewarding.

Through volunteerism, you play a critical role in crafting a narrative of hope and empowerment for the most vulnerable people in our society.

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Start Volunteering in Calgary Today

Take the leap today, visit Calgary Dream Centre’s volunteer page, and discover how your time and skills can contribute to a never-ending cycle of positive transformation in Calgary.

In the heart of Calgary, the action of one has the power to affect many. Make your mark, volunteer, and witness how we can uplift and redefine the essence of community together.

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  • Written by Craig Hill

    Craig Hill has been involved with the Calgary Dream Centre (CDC) since its inception. Starting with trips to the LA Dream Centre where seeds were planted in him that were never forgotten. After years of working in business, real estate, and church ministry, Craig returned to the CDC to step in as the CEO. Craig has a deep appreciation for the life change that happens here, the incredible team, and seeing the redemptive work that God is doing. Outside of work, Craig is a family man who loves nothing more than being with his wife and kids at the lake.

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    The Calgary Dream Centre acknowledges with humble gratitude that our organization is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta District 6, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.