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Our winter newsletter is chock full of volunteer opportunities in Mount Pearl and surrounding area. See for yourself! 
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Volunteers Needed for Fun Heritage Projects for Knitters

Knit Some Socks Knit-a-Long  March 5 and March 12, 2016
For knitters with some experience. Come knit a traditional pair of Newfoundland socks found in Operation Homespun among fellow knitters! Knit-a-long with a group as you rib, turn heels and graft toes. 
Darn Those Socks! February 16, 2016
A practical darning workshop for experienced knitters. 
More Details here
or call Stephanie 1-888-739-1892 x3

                       
         
                       
Mentors Needed
Big Brothers Mentoring
The Big Brothers Mentoring program 
provides boys and young men with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Become a Big Brother and make a difference, while having fun!
 
The Big Brothers Mentoring program usually requires 2-4 regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

Game On! Group Mentors
Game On is a mentoring program for boys between the ages of 10-14 that focuses on active, healthy living. Most programs take place at lunchtime during the school year in schools around the metro area. Each program lasts for 7 weeks and each session is approximately 1 hour. The group meets with two or three assigned male mentors for an hour each week to take part in fun activities, games, and discussions about how to be more active, be healthy and have fun!
 
Go Girls! Group Mentors
Go Girls is a mentoring program for girls between the ages of 10-14 that focuses on active, healthy living. Most programs take place at lunchtime during the school year in schools around the metro area. Each program lasts for 7 weeks and each session is approximately 1 hour. The group meets with two or three assigned female mentors for an hour each week to take part in fun activities, games, and discussions about how to be more active, be healthy and have fun!
 
Contact:
Call 368-kids 368-5437 


Seniors Seeking Volunteers
The Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group is looking for volunteers on Wednesdays to help set up tables and chairs for their Drop in Centre at the Church of Ascension, Smallwood Drive.  Set up time is 10:30a.m. and dismantle is 4:00p.m. If you, a friend or grandchild can give a couple of hours to help our seniors please call:
Georgina at 748-6485.  
Annual Alliance Athletic Awards Twelve finalists have won the 2015 Annual Athletic Awards at an award ceremony held on January 29, 2016 at the Reid Centre.  In addition to the athletic awards, four community members were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.  Details and  a full slate of winners can be found on the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance website.

 
YOU have the power to grant the most heartfelt wish within your grasp! HOW you ask? By volunteering with Children’s Wish Foundation, NL Chapter, it’s that simple!
 
We are recruiting dynamic individuals in Mount Pearl to help us deliver our wishes and to help us raise the important funds we need to make them happen. We need people who have the time, energy and desire to make a difference in their community, one child at a time with a life threatening illness.
 
We have a wonderful leadership opportunity for the right person to work with go-getter volunteers, who we are also looking to recruit, to rejuvenate our Sub-Chapter in Mount Pearl.
 
We offer an experience like no other – granting the most heartfelt wish to child with a life threatening illness.
 
We support our volunteers with an orientation, training, peer support and professional development at our annual Chapter Development Conference hosted by a different Sub-Chapter in a different location across the Island each year. Our volunteer management model provides formal and informal regular recognition to our volunteers through national and provincial awards; newsletters and through social media.
 

 
We currently have over 600 volunteers working with 4 fulltime staff in the province – we look forward to you joining our TEAM.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest all-Canadian wish-granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to more than 23,000 children and their families; 790 have been granted right here in NL.
 
This year, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes across the country with the help of volunteers and generous donors; that is approximately three wishes each and every day, all year long.  Each wish is the child’s most heartfelt wish, and carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family.
 
Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to help us continue to grant the next, most heartfelt wish. Children’s Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate. 

Call Cynthia at 739-9474 ext: 8747 for more information about this wonderful volunteer opportunity today!



 

Are you looking for a free youth program to join (Ages 12-18)?

Looking to volunteer with sea cadets (Ages 18-65)?
 
No experience needed, we will train you! We offer adventure, new skills and friends.
 
Visit 284 RCSCC Marconi Sea Cadets, Tuesdays, 6:30pm 7 Greenwood Crescent, Mt. Pearl.
 
Come join the fun!
For more information please call: 709-727-3068 or visit www.284marconi.com

The Focus On Youth Awards are designed to honor the youth, and adults that work with youth, who make outstanding contributions to the community in the areas of arts, sports, self-improvement and voluntarism.    There are 16 awards presented each year. Nomination packages for the 2015 Focus on Youth Awards are now available here

Youth group leaders, teachers, coaches, etc. are encouraged to participate as we pay tribute to our City's Youth each year!  The deadline for nominations is February 29, 2016. The Awards Banquet will take place on May 10, 2016. 


Nomination package and nomination forms here.
Protecting Your Organization and Its Directors and Volunteers From Liabilities 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Join Craig Rowe, risk management and insurance expert, to learn more about protecting your organization and its directors, staff and volunteers from liabilities.
During this session, Craig will identify the most common types of risk, provide useful advice and tools to prevent or reduce losses, and answer your questions.
(light lunch provided)
CSC NL Boardroom, 25 Anderson Avenue, St. John’s
Register online at 
communitysector.nl.ca/liabilitysession
Call 753-9860 or email reneepaul@cscnl.ca
Volunteer Treasurer Needed for Board Position
Admiralty House Communications Museum is looking for a member of the community to fill the volunteer position of Treasurer on its Board of Director. The position requires the individual to attend monthly meetings where verbal reports will be provided on financial statements and bank accounts. He or she must also be available to sign cheques for the institution and possess a passion for preserving heritage in Mount Pearl. Those interested in this position should contact Museum Manager, Carla Watson, at 709-748-1124 or at admiraltyhouse@mountpearl.ca.
 
Upcoming Events at the Museum
Admiralty House is proud to present two public events in February: 
  • The Amazing Race Admiralty House Edition on February 14 from 12:00 to 3:00 invites teams of two to race around the grounds of Admiralty House to complete a series of challenges. Top timed teams in each age category will be given prizes. 
  • February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. marks the first speaker in the Winter Speaker Series at Admiralty House. Join the Original Shipster blogger, Heather Elliott, as she discusses the history of the SS Florizel and its crash. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Junior Coaching Program

 

Hockey is more than just a game.  
We strive to teach this to the youth in our association. Passed down to sons and daughters and hopefully to their children, hockey connects us as families to be a part of a close knit community, celebrating successes and often teaching life lessons.

We see glimpses of this on the ice during a game, of course, but also in the dedication of our volunteer coaches and parents who come together to make it a fun experience for all. 

One major example is our MPMHA Junior Coaching Program, which are youth in our association giving back. A call is made early in September asking for help from hockey players ages 11-17 (requirement to be second year pee wee with some first year pee wee if possible) to aid senior coaches with on-ice development in practices with younger hockey players.  

Each year we see this program grow in numbers. There is a significant desire to help. This year has been our largest group, with 65 Junior Coaches both male and female helping in divisions from IP, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Female and All Star teams. Here is proof that youth, when given the chance, will help, and want to help under our guidance - to feel they are making a difference. 

This group of dedicated youth are mentors to our younger hockey players. Not only helping on the ice in practices but also cheering them on during games. They also attend team functions and assist in on-ice skills sessions - always keen to help. They give back to the community and are an impressive example of how youth in our association can play a vital role in developing our children, on and off the ice, through a game they all love.  

We have seen confidence grow in these Junior Coaches, who we must remember are children themselves. Passing on their skills and knowledge these junior coaches take this responsibility seriously. We meet once a month to try to get the whole group together to discuss any concerns and ask for feedback. The storytelling is priceless. Junior Coaches help children to the ice with stories of children scoring their very first goal and how proud they are of them.  

We salute our Junior Coaches and thank them for their endless contribution to our association through their volunteer efforts. Passing on their knowledge and skills, often through quiet example, our youth prove they can make a difference. 

Pauline Noble 
Director of Special Events
Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association 
 

Volunteer Mount Pearl is seeking opportunities of all kinds for youth.
Did you know that students must complete 30 hours of volunteer work over the course of their high school career in order to graduate?

The community contribution component is intended to enhance students' awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening communities. 

Today's youth volunteer can undertake a variety of jobs that will give them important experience in a variety of fields, such as home-based computer work, social media campaigns, office organizing, hands on help at a food bank. in-person help with a friend, child minding, and peer coaching and training.

They
 have a lot to offer their community and they are imaginative and bring fresh new ideas to events, as well as energy and enthusiasm.

Some are great with animals, some love organizing. Some students get involved in their churches while others enjoy service groups, or outdoor activities. Some love music and the arts while some enjoy sports.

What opportunities does your organization have to support youth involvement? 
Contact dorielly@mountpearl.ca for more information.

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