Koats for Kids Volunteer

Organization Details
Organization Name: United Way Winnipeg
Address: 580 Main Street
Winnipeg MB  R3B 1C7
Website: http://unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/
Organizational Description: The history of United Way Winnipeg (UWW) dates back to 1965 when it was created through a partnership between the Winnipeg Labour Council and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce with a mandate:

"...to provide financing for such non-profit charitable, benevolent, health and welfare organizations in a more adequate manner than the former method involving many independent appeals for funds." - The United Way of Winnipeg Incorporation Act

United Way of Winnipeg is an autonomous, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprising no fewer than 24 members chosen from the community. The organization builds upon a long history of bringing together diverse partners at the local level to initiate action on community issues. United Way of Winnipeg is not sectarian or political.

United Way of Winnipeg is a member of the United Way/Centraide Canada. The national organization works with, and for, local United Ways, providing strategic direction and creating connections for sharing information and resources. Next to governments, the Canadian family of United Ways is the largest funder of the voluntary sector and social services in the country.

Primarily through an annual campaign, United Way of Winnipeg raises funds in the community in support of an essential network of agencies and programs. This campaign is volunteer-driven, led by a Campaign Cabinet Committee and supported by a vast network of community leaders.

All donations raised through the Annual Campaign go directly into the community through agencies and programs. Fundraising and administrative costs are offset through a provincial grant, special events, and investment income. In 1965, the first year of operation, United Way of Winnipeg raised $2.8 M in support of 50 agencies. In 2011, Winnipeggers raised $19.7 M in support of 104 agencies.

United Way of Winnipeg operates out of 580 Main Street, centrally located in Winnipeg's downtown. Volunteers drive the organization, engaged in every aspect of operations and are fundamental to our success. Volunteers not only lead fundraising initiatives, they direct the allocation of funds, play a central role in various United Way of Winnipeg-led programs, and provide strategic advice on how best to meet the needs of the community. Over 5,000 individuals volunteer in some capacity with United Way of Winnipeg.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: - sorting incoming donations to ensure they are suitable for the program, in good condition and zippers are working;
- organizing donations by size and gender;
- assembling colour-coordinated bundles of hats, mitts and scarves to accompany each coat;
- filling orders of warm winter outerwear;
- delivering orders to local schools, daycares and non-profit organizations in Winnipeg;
- mending items as needed;
- knitting new hats, mitts and/or scarves;
- light clean up in warehouse areas.
Skills Required: - Ability to check, sort, and organize clothing according to size and add appropriate pairings
- Ability to interact with others in a courteous and pleasant manner
- The job requires moderate physical stamina and strength: standing and walking about for periods of time; lifting, moving and sorting through boxes and bags filled with donated clothing
Skills Gained/Related Careers: - Meet and grow networks with people from many different walks of life.
- Acquire knowledge about the social service delivery system in Winnipeg.
- Help ensure no child is ever left in the cold.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime
3 hour shifts available Monday to Thursday. 9 am - 12 pm 1 pm - 4 pm
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email: koats@unitedwaywinnipeg.ca
Phone: 204-586-5628
Closing Date: Oct 15, 2020
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