How Do I Obtain a Criminal Record Check?
For St. Albert residents, be sure to get your Volunteer Identification Letter which you should take along with two pieces of government-issued identification to the St. Albert RCMP Detachment located at:
Address: 96 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert
Phone: (780) 458-4300
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 am -12:30 pm
How Do I Obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check?
If the organization requires you to get a Vulnerable Sector Check done, they will have indicated this on the Volunteer Identification Letter. Follow the same instructions for obtaining a Police Check. Please note that the vulnerable sector check is based on your birthdate and your gender. In some cases, you will be required to submit fingerprints to confirm your identity.
I Have Court Ordered, Community Service Hours to Complete – How Can the Volunteer Centre Assist Me?
Please speak to your probation officer about your volunteer hours. Be sure to understand how many hours you need to complete and what is the deadline for completion. Have your probation officer send a referral over to the volunteer centre prior to contacting us. If you do not have a probation officer, please contact the volunteer centre directly. The volunteer centre cannot guarantee you a volunteer opportunity. We can provide you with organizations that have opportunities you can apply for, but it is your responsibility to contact them. Do not put off completing these hours. Get them done as soon as possible.
How Do I Get a Record of My Immunizations?
You can get a record of your immunizations through Alberta Health Services. You will need to contact your local community health centre for assistance.
Is a Police Check Required to Volunteer?
Some positions will require you to get a Police Check done especially if you are working with vulnerable groups such as children, seniors, or those with disabilities. You will need to get your check completed in the area where you live. If you live in St. Albert and volunteer in St. Albert, you will not need to pay for your police check through the local RCMP detachment. However, you will need to have a volunteer letter from the organization. If you are volunteering outside of St. Albert, please check with the organization about who will be paying for the check prior to getting it done.
Is There a Time Commitment for Volunteering?
The time commitment will depend on the type of volunteering you are doing. Special events only need volunteers for a day or two, but recurring positions will often ask for a commitment of 3 months to a year.
Am I Required to Have an Interview?
Some organizations will require you to attend an interview. Some will be more informal, asking you to attend an orientation.
Are Applications or Resumes Required to Volunteer?
Some organizations will ask you to complete a form, either online or in person. Some will ask you for a resume. It depends of the position being advertised.
Is There a Minimum Age to Volunteer?
Some volunteer opportunities are available to those 14 years old and up. As you get older, more and more positions open up. There are a few opportunities for those ages 12 and up, like the International Children’s Festival of the Arts and the Awesome Aquatics program at Fountain Park Pool. Some positions will accommodate younger children if they are accompanied by an adult. Informal volunteering is an excellent way to get younger children engaged as volunteers.
I Want to Volunteer - Where Do I Start?
Ask yourself, why do I want to volunteer? Do you want to learn a new skill? Offer the skills you already have? Meet new people? If you want to give back to the community, what are you passionate about? You should also ask yourself how much time you can commit to volunteering.
Do the research. Use the Volunteer Connector to search for opportunities. You can scroll through the many postings or use the search engine on the left.
Make contact. Contact the organization directly through the instructions they have given on the posting. Some organizations ask you to register online, others will provide a phone number or email. Don’t be shy, they want to talk to you too! Be sure to ask any questions you may have about the volunteer role.