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On-Campus Activities

The Language Centre (TESL) - Conversation Partner
Conversation Partners spend one hour per week talking with a Language Centre Student. The first meeting will take place at the Language Centre. Each meeting after the first will be organized and planned by the students; they may choose to go wherever they want, whenever they want. As long as they are speaking English it is okay.  Contact Ryan Osborne at ryan.osborne@smu.ca

Centre for Housing and Residence Life - Residence Student Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.)
RSVP is a program that provides one-time volunteer opportunities for residence students. This means that you get the experience without a long-term commitment. This year we have partnered with numerous organizations from around Halifax including the Atlantic Film Festival, Adsum House for Women, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. You could be doing anything from painting a deck for a women’s shelter to selling 50/50 tickets for a Mooseheads game.

CCR Community Partner Programs

Click on the logos below to view organizational profiles and on-going opportunities in Halifax:

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Current Activities and Events in Halifax

Nova Scotia Health Authority - Connections Halifax: Saturday Free Clinic Host and Receptionist
The Saturday Free Clinic provides free complementary health care for individuals on a low income and without a health plan. We are looking for personable and reliable volunteers to act as receptionist and host. Volunteers are asked to train in and fill either position. The receptionist greets clients, creates files, works with confidential information, and handles donations. The host is responsible for the set-up and take-down of clinic treatment rooms, assisting practitioners between clients, and being available to practitioners and clients for general assistance. Confidentiality agreement, interview & references required.  Time commitment: Saturdays, 9:30 am - 2 pm, approximately every 2nd - 4th week from mid-September until mid-June 2017.  Please email saturdayfreeclinic@gmail.com with an expression of interest.

 

Frontier College: Literacy Program for Syrian Children
Frontier College is currently recruiting volunteers to provide support in one of 2 literacy programs to support newcomer Syrian children who are struggling with their English language skills. The program will run from July 12 to Aug. 31st and will be offered once a week (early evening) at each location. This program will focus on improving English language skills through small group games based activities. As a volunteer you will help build confidence and learning with these children in a fun-filled comfortable environment.  Frontier College is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which has been promoting literacy and a love of reading for 118 years. Our training will provide you with the communication skills and tools you need to support your learners. We ask for a 1 to 2 hours weekly commitment depending on the program. CCR Profile - Frontier College  

Frontier College: Summer Reading Program
Frontier College is currently recruiting volunteers to provide support our TD Summer Reading tent program over the summer months of July and August. Opportunities to volunteer will be any day of the week (morning or afternoon) for two hours at any one of several locations located throughout HRM. Volunteers will be part of a team supporting children with reading and other literacy based activities outside under a tent. Frontier College is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which has been promoting literacy and a love of reading for 118 years. Volunteers and learners work together in a 1 to 1 learning environment or in small groups. Our training will provide you with the communication skills and tools you need to support your learners. We ask for a 1 to 2 hours weekly commitment for the summer reading tent program.   CCR Profile - Frontier College

IT position: 1) Public Navigator – scoping out and building a digital platform using existing open source software (Menteer - Career Skills Incubator is the organization that developed Menteer) to support members of the public contacting, online, a trained public navigator in their locale (within the Province or located anywhere in the Province). Information about this award winning initiative which is a first of its kind in Canada is available at http://www.legalinfo.org/public-navigator/recognition.html and http://www.legalinfo.org/lisns-spotlight/public-navigator-info-clinics.html

IT position: 2) Free Wills Clinics for disadvantaged Nova Scotians – scoping out and building an online platform to guide people starting the process of preparing a will with the steps to get ready for a meeting with a lawyer, accessing forms, creating interactive templates to facilitate having wills prepared by lawyers who volunteer their time (these clinics are a first of their kind in NS). Currently Free Wills Clinics are being provided in the Preston communities but we wish to move this out across regions of the Province where the need is great and make this information available to anyone who wishes to undertake will planning. More information is available here. Have you heard 'More legal help for Preston residents - Wed, Mar 9, 2016' on CBC Radio One, entitled “Leaving a Legacy: The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is helping residents of Preston create their wills. Information Morning speaks with Heather de Berdt Romily"?

 
IT position: 3) Digitizing the Delivery of Legal Information – scoping out requirements for modernizing an outdated platform currently used to deliver legal information in Nova Scotia. Undertaking research of best practices, available technology to support not for profit work – partnership opportunities with emerging technology start-up networks – opportunity for socially conscious start-ups to receive positive recognition for work and possibly access tax receipt for pro bono services (through not for profit charitable status). Considering LiveChat, Textline, using (building) artificial intelligence to gather intake for telephone calls to legal information line, interactive website information delivery with fillable forms, online form filling service supported by legal information telephone counsellor, etc.
 
IT position: 4) Online Game Design to deliver legal information concepts to school-aged children from primary to Grade 12 – scoping out options, technology requirements, best practices concepts for various age groups, themes – use of animatics etc; consider psychology of audience according to various age levels to determine best means of gaining interest; research possibility of gaining approval for not for profit use of existing game models such as Minecraft etc.

Branding / Social Media:
 5) Develop a branding strategy for the Legal Information Society of NS – consider leveraging talent of recent Board members to develop a brand that the newly established Fundraising Committee can use in its work to seek financial support for LISNS worthy initiatives. For example, how can the Board members be better profiled on our various communication vehicles; how is this most appropriately done; may involve interviews with Board members. Identify a social media strategy to support the branding strategy and provide suggestions for how to integrate it across LISNS existing social media outreach through the website (almost half a million unique visitors annually), Twitter, Facebook, and telephone service to the public through the Legal Information Line.
 
Promoting Legal and Financial Literacy: 6) Identify best practices for communicating with the public on topics that require and provide both legal and financial literacy according to youth – student loans, first time renters, first auto purchase; young families – first home purchase, RESP’s, RRSP’s, TFSA’s, savings, wills and estate, life and disability insurance; middle age individuals – planning for retirement, wills and estate, LIFT, RRSP, debt management; seniors – wills and estate, annuities, pension; newcomers – orientation to Canadian, Nova Scotian, financial planning for the life cycle.
 
Nocturne Art at Night: Various Roles - Oct 15, 2016
By supporting and promoting artists, galleries and art organizations, we aim to enrich the cultural, social, and economic vitality of our community. You can support the festival by volunteering during one or both of our 3-hour shifts taking place between 6 p.m. and midnight. No experience is necessary, but you must be available on the evening of October 15th 2016. For more information, see our CCR Profile.
 
Ecology Action Centre: Front Desk Volunteer Opportunity
We're looking for friendly folks to volunteer at our front desk! You'll be responsible for reception duties like answering the phone, greeting guests, responding to emails and helping out with ad hoc assignments. Basic computer skills and English language are required, and solid problem-solving abilities are a plus. The front desk is a great way to learn more about what happens at the EAC, get to know the staff, and be part of our office! We're currently looking to fill two weekly shifts on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-1pm. Contact Joanna if you're interested at 902-454-5226 or communications@ecologyaction.ca.