Edmonton is a city of volunteers. Every year, nearly half of all Edmontonians volunteer their time to support thousands of not-for-profit agencies. From helping City of Edmonton special events to disease prevention organizations, from event clean-up to leading a team, volunteering takes many different forms. Everyone has skills or abilities to share.

April 10 – 16 is National Volunteer Week. This is our chance to say thanks to community volunteers for the work they do. It’s also a chance to encourage everyone to consider new volunteer opportunities. One thing I’m sure of, there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

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In 2010, many City of Edmonton departments benefited from the skills, experience and time of over 13,000 volunteers. These volunteers committed over 200,000 hours to help make the many programs, services and events coordinated by the City of Edmonton successful. Volunteers are a huge part of what makes Edmonton a vibrant place to live by building connected citizens and caring communities.

Volunteer Edmonton and the City of Edmonton are regularly approached by youth, newcomers and the recently retired looking to be matched to an organization. The Edmonton Volunteer Fair was created to help Edmontonians find the organization or opportunity that best matches their lifestyles and passion.

The City of Edmonton, in partnership with Volunteer Edmonton and West Edmonton Mall, is hosting the Edmonton Volunteer Fair from 11 am – 4 pm at West Edmonton Mall, Phase 1 Lower Stage Level. The event is set up tradeshow-style, where 100 volunteer organizations will be on hand to present their volunteer needs, allowing Edmontonians to find their best fit. It’s our hope that the Edmonton Volunteer Fair will match amazing causes to passionate people.

Every day, the lives of Edmontonians are touched by volunteering. I encourage you to be a part of it in 2011.

For more information on the Edmonton Volunteer Fair visit:
VolunteerEdmonton.com

For City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunities visit:
Edmonton.ca/volunteers

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