Help this Holiday Season and Volunteer

Help this Holiday Season and Volunteer

By: Rya Kobewka
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Looking to get onto Santa’s nice list this year? Try volunteering around the holidays!

There are so many events from mid-November through the end of December that require volunteer help. If you want to give back around the holidays but find your student budget doesn’t go so far, volunteering is the perfect solution. Jump on any volunteer website right now and you will find loads of opportunities to get involved!

One volunteer position that really jumped out at me was helping out with the 8th Annual Rogers Santa Clause Parade. This year’s parade is on Sunday December 4 at 1:00p.m. The Santa Clause Parade is quickly becoming a Vancouver tradition with the Christmas square full of family activities. A parade takes a lot of coordination so lots of volunteers are needed. Some of the positions include:

  • Banner Carriers: you will be one of the first things people see holding your banner and keeping the parade on track
  • Float Guides: working as a co-pilot to help keep the floats on track, providing direction and communicating by radio
  • Giveaways: who doesn’t want to be the person who gets to give away free stuff and excite the crowd!
  • Pacers: If you’re good with time, perhaps keeping the parade at the right pace is the perfect position for you
  • Route Marshalls: keep the crowd safe and provide general information

If any of these interest you, check out the website and sign up today! If you really want to attend the parade and can’t volunteer don’t forget to bring a donation item for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Bring non perishable foods. Right now the top items needed are high protein items, pasta, diapers, canned hearty soups and baby formula.

So find some time during your Christmas break to volunteer even if it’s only for a few hours. A little goes a long way during the holiday season!

By: Rya Kobewka

Posted on November 21, 2011