Building a better community: Creative volunteering

Many current volunteer opportunities

Tyler Voigt

Special to The Record

In the wings of small-businesses, entrepreneurial startups and corporations, I am seeing creative ways members of our community are becoming involved in volunteering. No, I am not talking about the cheap party trick that drops off the shelf in marketing meetings from time to time.

Businesses are creating real top-down frameworks where employees volunteer to further the social values of the companies and bottom-up support for employees wishing to further their own altruistic endeavours.

However, when it comes to supporting their employees, businesses are struggling to provide all of the details on community engagement: How do we find you, the volunteer, opportunities you’re looking for? Which non-profits should we recommend based on focused areas of interest? How do we engage our workforce in a group volunteer event? How do we ensure the employee makes the most of the time off for volunteering?

Our community volunteer centre provides the answers to many of these questions and I am available on a regular basis to support businesses looking to engage employees in the community. By making volunteer opportunities more accessible, small-businesses can further diversify their existing volunteer programs to feature volunteer opportunities on a full-time regular basis. When time available is the limiting factor, modern contribution tools available makes giving back easier and more convenient than ever before.

In this modern era of economic uncertainty, I greatly respect businesses that contribute to those in greatest need and serve as an ambassador of our entire community.

Current volunteer opportunities:

•Committee Chair – Comox Valley Scotiabank MS Walk

•Re-Store Receiving & Product Testing – Habitat for Humanity

• Hospice Worker – Comox Valley Hospice Society

• Housekeeping Helper – Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

• Swimming Assistant – Cumberland Health Centre and Lodge

• KidStart Mentor – KidStart Mentoring



Tyler Voigt is the executive director of Volunteer Comox Valley. He can be reached at 250-334-8063


Just Posted

Work continues on Courtenay’s 4th Street Improvement Project

4th street will be closed to traffic between Duncan and Cliffe Avenue

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

Pride Society of the Comox Valley set to kick off week-long celebration

The organization is celebrating Pride Week with a variety of events to bring the community together.

Cannabis facility planned in Courtenay

Design up to 100,000 square feet

Major private donation to Kus-kus-sum project

Frank and Bobbi Denton, longtime residents of the Comox Valley, have donated… Continue reading

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018… Continue reading

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires

B.C. VIEWS: Unions regain control of public construction

B.C.’s 40-year battle swings back to international big labour

Most Read