Testimonials

Volunteer Airdrie is honored and so pleased to present testimonials received from some of our Member Groups!


Thanks for all of your help recruiting volunteers for the Santa Parade. We have more this year than we’ve ever had in the past.

Leona

 


"With volunteering being such an integral part of our food bank community it is important to have a main contact point for those that are looking to volunteer and those that are needing volunteers. Volunteer Airdrie has been a great resource for volunteer recruitment, staff training and providing helpful resource information. The Airdrie Food Bank has benefitted from Volunteer Airdrie’s social media sites to assist with advertising for volunteer positions and posting events. We have taken advantage of Volunteer Airdrie’s opportunities to post ads in local newspapers. Our board and staff have participated in professional development opportunities that have enhanced our agencies knowledge and skills. The scheduled monthly Volunteer Managers meetings have been wonderful venue to share ideas that help us to learn and grow. The Airdrie Food Bank appreciates all that Volunteer Airdrie has to offer and value their willingness to do whatever is needed to help our agency. Thanks!"

Carolyn Geertsen
Airdrie Food Bank


"A strong volunteer base demonstrates the health of a community. It is critical to support an organization that develops the not-for-profit organizations in the City through networking, training, and resources. We have seen a great growth in the organization and the quality of the services it offers over the last year. We appreciate the new services that Volunteer Airdrie is offering (after consultation with its members); services that move beyond volunteers: board development, fund development, etc."

Janine Jevne
Airdrie Public Library


"Volunteer Airdrie has been facilitating monthly meetings with members which is something we do not have in Calgary since the disbanding of ADVR (Association of Directors of Volunteer Resources). It is so beneficial to meet with other professionals in the field. It gives an opportunity to share best practices, to brainstorm how to deal with issues we all run in to as well as to build a supportive network.

Volunteer Airdrie has also brought in workshops of interest to its members at a very reasonable cost. This allows organizations to participate in building skills and learning how to improve their programs which in turn benefits the community.

In a time where communities are being asked to provide more services with little to no government support, Volunteer Airdrie is filling a real need. I am privileged to be a member of Volunteer Airdrie and have recommended others join. Although my organization has its office located in Calgary, we serve Calgary and Area which includes Airdrie up to Olds and south as well. Being members of Volunteer Airdrie has allowed us to get our opportunities and word of programs we offer out to the communities where we may not be as well known."

Marie Wong
MS Society of Canada, Southern Alberta


"Volunteer Airdrie helps Bethany Airdrie in many ways.

The online Volunteer opportunities are a great way to recruit new volunteers especially with the growth we have seen in Airdrie, new citizens wanting to volunteer have Volunteer Airdrie to thank.

I have taken advantage of the postings and newspaper ads to promote events, acknowledge volunteers and recruit. The monthly networking meetings are a great way to get ideas, find out what is happening in the community and learn from each other. The training offered is something that fits my volunteer budget, helps me to provide a better service and learn and share ideas not only from the facilitator but other organizations.

Thank you for all you do! Keep up the great work!"

Lise Blanchette
Bethany Care Center


"The City of Airdrie Minor Basketball Association (“AMBA”) has been a member of Volunteer Airdrie (“VA”) for a couple of years and we have benefited enormously from the relationship in many valuable ways.

AMBA initially joined VA to get assistance in recruiting new volunteers for our basketball organization. Through VA’s connections and media advertising campaigns, AMBA has had numerous potential volunteers contact us. Had we not taken this approach, AMBA would have had to invest more of its own limited volunteer and financial resources to attract volunteers.

Secondly, our membership has made us much more aware of programs and other resources that are available for non-profit groups. These programs and resources have made AMBA a much more efficient, organized and focused non-profit group. We look forward to implementing much of what we learned from attending the Risk Management and Fund Development seminars. In addition, the upcoming Board Governance training seminar will provide AMBA with the tools to build a sustainable approach to its future leadership teams.

This year, we hope to also have our new Volunteer Coordinator attend the monthly Volunteer Managers meetings to share ideas and best practices that AMBA can adopt to improve our volunteer screening, management and appreciation programs. Keep up the great work!"

David W. Maffitt
City of Airdrie Minor Basketball Association