photo credit: Making Changes Association
In 2011, over 1,500 women facing economic challenges came
to the Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta to improve their
quality of life by participating in the Walk-In Closet and Employment &
Life Skills Programs. Making Changes takes a community development approach to
their work, and believes in women helping other women with their transition in
to the workforce.
Volunteer Manager, Amanda Delamer explains that as a
grassroots organization with only six staff members, Making Changes is largely
volunteer-driven. Currently, 150 volunteers work for the organization to help
women build confidence and begin to feel excited about participating in the
Volunteer roles include: one-on-one image consultations,
conducting mock interviews with immigrant women, working as store merchandisers
sorting through donations, administrative assistance, as well as special events
and marketing opportunities.
Faced with a unique challenge of more volunteer support
and partnership opportunities than they could handle, Making Changes came to
The Calgary Foundation for a Spring 2011 Community Grant in support of their
Volunteer Resource Capacity Building initiative.
Currently, Making Changes has a wait list of over 40
women hoping to come on board as volunteers. Thanks to the Foundation, the
organization has increased their volunteer capacity with a dedicated employee
who can more actively engage with potential volunteers to ensure they feel a
part of the Making Changes family.
"Engagement, communication and awareness is the big
picture of what's been strengthened by The Calgary Foundation's grant," says
Delamer. Thanks to a highly-skilled group of volunteers working in their areas
of strength, volunteers feel their work is meaningful and that they are an
important contribution to the bigger picture.
For more information, visit the Making Changes Association website.