Volunteer Newsletter
September 2019
The Blackfalds Food Bank and Blackfalds FCSS would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the RCMP Musical Ride a huge success. The RCMP Musical Ride event raised $11,075.90 for the Blackfalds Food Bank and the Blackfalds Winter Coat for Kids program that provides winter coats to children in need.

If you're looking for a way to get involved and support this important program, please consider attending this years Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser which will be held on October 3, 2019. The 4th annual fundraiser will showcase Snake Lake Brewery craft beer tasting, a delicious chef prepared harvest dinner, live music & the entertaining live dessert auction. Tickets are $30 each, and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Looking for volunteers to help FCSS staff in the kitchen at our Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser. Please see below for more information on how you can volunteer.

Thanks for your support!

Karie Ackermann, Community Building Initiatives Administrator
A big thank you to the McKay Ranch Outdoor Aquatic Centre Volunteers!

McKay Ranch Outdoor Aquatic Centre staff would like to take a moment to thank the four dedicated volunteers enrolled with the Volunteer Program this summer. Volunteers helped assist with teaching swimming lessons and shadowing Lifeguards during public swim while getting experience in an aquatic setting. This year, volunteers dedicated 200+ hours to promote water safety in the community.
Kianna Mora Game, Aquatics Programmer
Volunteering offers vital assistance to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, therefore transforming both the lives of the people who volunteer and those who benefit.

“The Heart of a Volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the
Commitment to Make a Difference in the lives of others.” ―  DeAnn Hollis

As part of the volunteer recruitment process, we require your Volunteer Form on file and a Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Checks (for volunteers 18 years of age and older) to be conducted as part of the screening process. Volunteers are required to reaffirm this interest in volunteering for events every 24 months. To download the Volunteer Form click here.

For more information please contact the Blackfalds FCSS Volunteer Programmer at 403.885.6360 volunteer@blackfalds.com.
Information About Vacancies on Town of Blackfalds Boards & Committees
Are you interested in greater participation within the community, providing creative and valuable input, and being involved in the growth of Blackfalds? If so, you are invited to inquire at volunteer@blackfalds.com for more information or visit blackfalds.com/government/boards-committees .
All interested residents must send their intentions in before September 12th to be considered for member at large positions appointed by Council at the October 22nd Annual Organizational Meeting.
 If you have questions about serving on a Town Board or Committee or would like additional details, please contact volunteer@blackfalds.com or 403.885.6360
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Community Information Expo ~ September 9
You are invited to attend the
on September 9, 2019
at the Abbey Centre Field House
6:00-8:00 PM
Don't miss the opportunity to meet with various Blackfalds community groups, get information about services and register for programs they offer. 

Monday, September 9, 2019 Event Time: 6-8PM
Abbey Centre | Field House
As well, this is an opportunity for all community groups to provide information about the programs and services they offer.
At your booth you may include information about:
  • programs you run
  • recruitment of volunteers/members
  • opportunity for registration
  • promote upcoming events or fundraisers
RSVP: Please book your spot by September 5, 2019 at events@blackfalds.com
Blackfalds Culture Days ~ September 27-29
Help Blackfalds say goodbye to summer with a variety of events throughout the town celebration Arts & Culture. Stay tune for more information and events schedule.
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities during Blackfalds Culture Days:
Drive-In Movie 
Friday, September 27th
All Star Park | Soccer Field

5-6 volunteers needed to help Bylaw with parking.
Culture Workshops 
Saturday, September 28th – Various locations
2 hrs in the afternoon (location & dates to be announced)

3 volunteers needed to help with set up, assist facilitator and clean up.
Family Fun Fest 
Sunday, September 29th – Abbey Centre | Field House

8 volunteers needed to help with supervising inflatables and line management.
Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser ~ October 3rd
Looking for volunteers to help FCSS staff in the kitchen at our Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser. Tasks may include washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen and clearing tables.

Thursday, October 3 from 6PM-8PM
Main Hall | Community Centre

Dinner will be provided to volunteers
Youth Night Out ~ October 25th
Looking for volunteers to help FCSS staff at the Youth Night Out event. Tasks may include helping facilitate games including mini competitions, eating contests and assisting with clean up.

Friday, October 25 from 6:00-10:00PM
Main Hall | Community Centre

Snacks will be provided to volunteers

Volunteers are encouraged to dress up!
Monster Bash ~ October 26th
We need volunteers to help FCSS staff at Monster Bash event. Tasks may include helping facilitate a craft, handing out snacks, room set up and clean up.

Saturday, October 26 from 1:30PM-5PM
Main Hall | Community Centre

Snacks will be provided to volunteers

Volunteers are encouraged to dress up!
Snow Angel Program ~ Winter Season

The Snow Angel Program is a volunteer program that supports Blackfalds residents who require assistance to clear their snowy driveway and/or walkway.

"Adopting" a drive/walkway is a fun and healthy way for all ages to be good neighbours, while contributing to improving the quality of life of others in the community. Those needing assistance can contact Volunteer Programmer to be matched with a Snow Angel.
As a Snow Angel you are committed to the same resident throughout the season and may adopt more than one resident if desired. Volunteers who have been matched will receive a toque & collapsible shovel a the beginning of the season, which has been genereously donated by Telus.

For more information please check out the brochure.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • Be on the look out for Big Brothers Big Sisters in September! We are looking for 40 mentors in 40 days! For more information please email Bailee Wigmore or call at 403-782-7870.

  • The Blackfalds Food Bank is looking for a Treasurer for their board. Those interested please email Karie Ackermann.

  • 1st Blackfalds Scouts… Where adventure begins. From ages 5 to 25 we currently offer Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Do you have what it takes? Contact us today via Facebook or at myscouts.ca . IT STARTS WITH SCOUTS

  • The Blackfalds Skating Club is currently looking for volunteer executives in the treasurer, secretary, and public relations/website roles. We are also looking for a Certified/In Training CanSkate or higher Coach who is in good standing with Skate Canada. For more information or to email your resume please send to David Weizenbach.

  • Block Parent is a non-profit organization and being a board member is really easy. We meet when we can (a few times a year) and we try to put on one fundraiser a year. At Blackfalds Days,we ran a BBQ in partnership with FCSS. As well, we try to attend at least one market/fair to talk about the program & getting more Block Parent homes signed up. Board Members Needed!!! Please contact Jody for more information at 403.350.9434

  • The Blackfalds Public Library is looking for Junior Volunteers, Senior Volunteers and Friends of the Library Volunteers. Come and see us if you are interested in volunteering in our program room, or help us fund raise with our Friends group. 

  • Want to better prepare your family for emergencies? Do you have an interest in helping communities become more resilient to disasters? If so, consider volunteering with Canadian Red Cross Emergency Management Program. We are currently seeking Disaster Assistance Volunteers to work in both mitigation and disaster response. All training will be provided. Local volunteer hours vary based on need; National deployments are available for those with 10-21 days consecutive availability. Apply online redcross.ca/volunteer

  • Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support invites you to accept the challenge of helping others in your community and to make a difference in the lives of victims/witnesses of crime and tragedy. Call 403.885.3355 to learn more about becoming a Victim Services Volunteer Crisis Advocate, a Member of the Board or an Event Volunteer for the victim services program at the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment. Alternatively check our website at www.victimsupport.ca for volunteer application forms or check us out on Facebook.
Blackfalds FCSS | 5016 Waghorn St | Blackfalds, AB
Volunteer Programmer | 403.885.6360 | volunteer@blackfalds.com