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Volunteer opportunities

Leadership Volunteer – Philanthropy

Location details: Virtual

Edmonton or Calgary

Ideal for: Individual


Provide support in CNIB AB/NWT & BC/Yukon's fund development programs, acting as a resource on the ground and engaging with supporters.

Responsibilities & Tasks

Under direction of Philanthropy staff, you may be asked to support with some or all the tasks below:

  • Assist philanthropy team with donor stewardship, through potential tasks such as thank you calls.
  • Identify donor prospects through personal contacts.
    • Facilitate meetings between philanthropy staff and donor prospects and attend meetings with philanthropy staff where appropriate.
  • Identify community funding opportunities.
    • Available grants, corporate employee giving opportunities.
  • Speaking/Presenting at service clubs or other networking groups either virtually or in-person depending on the circumstances
  • Promoting events to individual networks

Virtual Vision Mate

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

For Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, physical distancing can present a unique set of challenges that can contribute to feelings of isolation that many already experience on a daily basis. 

During this unprecedented time, one of the easiest things we can do is reach out to each other to engage in friendly conversation and offer support. 

To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week. 

With physical distancing measures in place, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to pick up their groceries and prescriptions. If you're willing to help, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we'll ensure our community stays connected.

CNIB Ambassador

Location details: Virtual

Anywhere: Initial training will be provided in Calgary & Edmonton with expansion to other areas of province. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Share stories about the impact of vision loss, the abilities of blind and partially sighted Canadians and the role CNIB plays in their lives.

  • Represent the CNIB Foundation to the general public and specific audiences including (but not limited to) community groups, corporations, schools senior centres, community health fairs and vision health professionals.
  • Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB's role.
  • Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
  • Submit a brief report after each booking, including travel time, length of engagement, number of attendees and how it went.

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region.  We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.