CIES would like to send a very special thank you to the students from the University of Calgary that paid a visit to our Forest Lawn location on Monday evening, where they taught clients in our Drop In ESL program. The students are part of the university students union’s Into the Streets project, which organizes groups of 5-12 student volunteers to visit various organizations for 3-4 hours of volunteering at a time. Students must attend three events per semester, providing them with firsthand knowledge of various charitable and non-profit organizations around Calgary, the contributions of those organizations to the city, and ways to stay involved. Student volunteers undergo a rigorous application process, including interviews, reference screenings, and police record checks.
As per the University, last year the program saw 62 volunteers contributing 1,712 individual volunteer hours across 67 events and 45 different organizations. This is an amazing contribution on its own, but the University does even more, as there are at least 9 other volunteering programs offered through the students union. To learn more about these programs, visit the University’s volunteering page here.
Our volunteers are our life! To learn more or to apply to volunteer with the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, click here.