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Volunteer Coordinator

Employment Opportunity with Parkland Food Bank Society. The purpose of Parkland Food Bank is to address food insecurity among residents of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County by providing weekly access to healthy food, to individuals and families in short term, long term, and emergency situations.

Do you have a passion to make a difference in the community?

Are you passionate about working with diverse individuals?

Purpose

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Parkland Food Bank operations. We simply could not provide the services we do without the members of our community stepping up to give their time and talents week after week. In 2021 we had 220 individuals volunteer with us, providing 18,758 hours of assistance.

Volunteer Coordinator will manage volunteer programs and provide leadership in the effective engagement of volunteers to further the mission of PFB.

How to apply:

Both cover letter and resume is required by interested candidates and is to be emailed to sheri@parklandfoodbank.org . Competition will remain open until successful candidate is found.

Job Type:  Part-time

Salary:  $ $25,740.00/year

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to join our team. This is a part-time position based out of Spruce Grove, Alberta. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Attracting and retaining volunteers whose values and philosophy are aligned with those of the PFB
  • Increasing volunteers’ understanding about PFB’ mission and goals
  • Determine organizational needs that volunteers could fill
  • Develop public awareness of our volunteer program
  • Develop and update volunteer management materials such as volunteer screening practices, orientation, and training manual
  • Recruit, interview, select and evaluate volunteers
  • Provide orientation and training for volunteers
  • Supervise volunteers or provide support for the other staff who supervise volunteers
  • Develop targeted volunteer recognition programs and activities
  • Maintaining daily schedule for volunteers
  • Update and maintain the volunteer database
  • Evaluate volunteer attraction and retention programs
  • Assist Executive Director with volunteer management for major food bank fundraising events

Qualifications:

A successful Volunteer Coordinator will possess the following specialized skills, knowledge, and characteristics:

  • A demonstrated commitment to volunteerism
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Initiative- capable of identifying priorities and adjust to deadlines and demands
  • An outgoing, energetic, and optimistic manner; servant heart/ service focus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to balance the needs of the organization with the needs and interests of the volunteers
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Patience and tact in dealing with others
  • The ability to multitask
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

They should enjoy helping others, compiling information, and maintaining contact with other agencies, and developing innovative approaches to resolve challenges.

Educational Requirements

There are no education requirements for this position, but Volunteer Coordinator needs very strong computer skills (PFB works in a Microsoft (PC) environment using Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher along with Volgistics Volunteer Management Program) together with the following management skills:

  • Interviewing skills
  • Training, coaching, team building and leadership skills
  • Planning and administrative skills
  • Marketing skills
  • Conflict resolution skills

Days and Hours

22 Hours/Week

Some of the work may be done from home with the expectation that volunteer interviewing and training would fall around the food bank open hours.

This position requires some evening emailing with last minute volunteer schedule changes.

Hours to candidate can expect to work are:

  • Monday – Friday 4 hours for volunteer communications, scheduling, and administration
  • 5 hours/week volunteer interviews and training

COVID-19 considerations:
Parkland Food Bank Society requires all employees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated.

Merry Christmas!

Holy Moly what a month!

December 2021 was a record breaker in every way here at the food bank.

In 2021 we gave out more Monthly Hampers than any of our 37 years serving our community, topped off with a December giving out far more Monthly Hampers than any other month! What does that look like for a short December month?

  • 1049 Hamper Appointments in December;
  • We registered 689 Spruce Grove Children to receive presents for Christmas;
  • We registered 447 Stony Plain Children to receive presents for Christmas;
  • We distributed 1014 envelopes with grocery store gift cards so families could purchase their holiday food, on behalf of Spruce Grove Kinettes and Stony Plain Kinsmen;
  • We registered and served 97 households who had never used our food bank before;
  • We gave out:
    • 3,000 litres of milk
    • 2,800 kg’s of meat
    • 2,264 dz eggs
    • Over $101,000 worth of dried goods in hamper boxes (1109 boxes of non-perishables)!
  • We worked 2,432 man hours here at the food bank
  • We have received an unbelievable amount of food and financial donations! (Those are still coming in, so we can report on those early in the new year).

I am so very proud of all the hard work, dedication and amazing hearts it has taken to accomplish these great achievements. We have been pushed farther than ever before, and that is only possible by the compassion of you and the donor community that supports us!

You should be incredibly proud of your contribution to your community. I know I am certainly proud and humbled of your great achievements!

From all of us here at Parkland Food Bank, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2022!

Sheri Ratsoy

Executive Director, Parkland Food Bank Society

Food Rescue Volunteers Needed

  • Do you have a passion for seeing food waste reduced in the Parkland Region?
  • Do you feel it is important for everyone to have access to high quality, nutritious food?

Then we have a volunteer opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteers, with an eye for detail, to sort perishable food from our food rescue program.

Volunteers are needed:

Tuesday mornings from 8:30 – 12:15

Friday mornings from 8:30 – 12:15

Learn more at https://parklandfoodbank.org/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/

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