Volunteer Airdrie is investing in our youth, making connections with non-profits and promoting cohesion between families, school and our community through VA-LEAD.
“Leadership, Empowerment, Achieving a Difference”
Volunteer Airdrie was the first organization to introduce the LEAD Program to Airdrie in 2016 with sessions offered in the Spring & Fall each year. The program includes volunteer practicum experience for the youth, where Volunteer Airdrie will support youth to make connections within our community. Youth are invited to register for this FUN and interactive program!
Local nonprofits are encouraged to contact Volunteer Airdrie to register your youth volunteer opportunities. This is a great way for your organization to be recognized for your community spirit through active involvement with VA-LEAD.
TESTIMONIALS FROM STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAM PARTNERS
“The kids did amazing. They are always a good group to have and very eager to help. Left them to their own devices up in the board room and they got it done. Thanks so much for letting me borrow them, they are always welcome.” – Carolyn Geertsen, Volunteer Coordinator, Airdrie Food Bank
“I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was working with your (VA-LEAD) volunteers that came to Soap for Hope last week.
They are a wonderful group and I look forward to having them volunteer again. Thank you so very much for encouraging them to come to us.” – Michelle Edgar, Soap for Hope
“It didn’t make sense to me why people volunteered because I didn’t understand why people work for free. But the volunteering I did opened my eyes and became the best part of the (VA-LEAD) program. I got to hang with the rodeo princesses at the Airdrie Home & Garden Show and got to help out the local bee keeper.” – K.T., 15 years old VA-LEAD Graduate
“Everything that we learn in VA-LEAD can help you in your every day life and help shape you into a responsible leader. So thank you Dave, Melanie, Dorothy and everyone who participated in VA-LEAD for shaping me into a responsible young woman.” – M.K., 13 years old VA-LEAD Graduate
“One of the reasons I was doing this was to get back into volunteering. What used to be a rare pastime has now turned into a fantastic hobby. Thanks to VA-LEAD, my love of volunteering has come back up again.” – M.B., 13 years old VA-LEAD Graduate
“Over the past 2.5 months the VA-LEAD program has taught me valuable skills about leadership that I will not only be able to use in the volunteer sector but in my daily life and especially in the work force that I will be joining soon.” -R.T., 16 years old VA-LEAD Graduate
“The VA-LEAD program has made me more driven and has gotten me more involved with the community. Even after completing my 20 hours of volunteering, I am still finding myself wanting to do more.”– P.F., 15 years old VA-LEAD Graduate