Volunteering

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.”
~ Rosalynn  Carter

As women, some of our greatest allies and the cornerstones of our support systems are other women. Made by Momma is always looking for women with kind, generous hearts to help out! While the majority of our volunteers are women or mothers, we absolutely welcome men, aunties, grandmas and students to our team!

Made by Momma was founded on these principles and has grown over the past 9 years to our current number of 500+ volunteers! Whatever your gift from preparing meals, baking, planning events, fundraising, knitting, artwork, dog walking or providing breastfeeding support, you will be a welcome addition to our volunteer team. 
Your talents and abilities will be utilized and greatly appreciated.

To get started please download and complete our Volunteer Application Form and submit to our Volunteer Membership Coordinator. Once your application is processed, we will contact you with information on how to start volunteering with our organization. Regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities are posted on our private Volunteers Facebook Page and our Meetup Group – these links will be sent to you once we receive your Volunteer Application Form.
If you experience any issues, please contact Cameo our Volunteer Membership Coordinator.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. ” ~Dr. Seuss

On-going volunteer opportunities:

chopChop Squad
Made by Momma needs a chop squad of volunteers excited to dice, slice, sauté! 
We receive over 500lbs of donated food items each week and we need your help to turn those ingredients into delicious healthy meals that will help to sustain families in their most difficult times. Meet some other fabulous volunteers while cooking in our newly renovated Community Food Bank kitchen – maximum 12 registered volunteers.
(Please note that our Chop Squad is for individual registered volunteers. Dates are posted on our meetup group)
* For groups of people wanting to volunteer/cook together, we have several options – please look under our Corporate Opportunities Page. 
cook
Bakeaholics 
Are you passionate about tarts and squares and making the best possible chocolate chip cookie?  Do you love to bake but just don’t have any more freezer room? (shhhh – or maybe your hubby’s waistline doesn’t need any more of your delicious creations?) No matter – Made by Momma needs your baking addiction! While we strive to help our clients with healthy nutritious meals – we love to send along some treats too! This is a great opportunity for anyone that loves to bake….families, teens and kids too!

houseHome Support
Many of our clients have no social support in the city and feel isolated. From holding a newborn while Momma gets some much-needed rest, to playing with older siblings so Momma can bond with baby, or just being an ear to listen to a Momma in need, your volunteer hours spent in the home of a family struggling through adversity will be the bright spot in their day and in yours! Each family has their own unique needs and we work to partner our clients and volunteers in a suitable match.

truckDream Delivery Driver
Toot toot, beep beep! Love driving around town? Have we got an opportunity for you!  We are always on the lookout for dream delivery drivers who can help us get meals, clothing, diapers and special birthday bags from our Resource Centre to our clients. We support families from all over Calgary and surrounding areas, so whether you are able to drive all over the city, or only in a certain quadrant, you can make a difference to a family in need. Daytime, evenings, weekends – we are flexible and will work with you to make these hours you spend behind the wheel more fulfilling. 

elfInventory Elf
Are you organized? Efficient? Like helping families in need? This volunteer opportunity is perfect for you! We receive donations of new and gently used baby and children’s clothes, toys, books, diapers, formula, baby gear, small household goods, etc., and we need help to keep it all organized. Help us to sort new donations, clean them and store them so we know exactly what we have in our resource centre when a family facing distress needs a delivery. 

aceAdministrative Ace
Good on a computer? You can help us in many various ways in our office. We need volunteers to help with grant research, data entry, legal services, committee roles and writing proposals. 

marketingMarketing Maestro
We need a tech-savvy volunteer with a keen eye for detail! Do you have skills in photography? Do you know the ins and outs of social media? Are you great when it comes to updating websites? Is graphic design a passion for you? Volunteer with Made by Momma and help us with all of our marketing needs!

hammerBuilding Maintenance
Our resource centre is in constant need of some TLC. If you have any experience in maintenance, whether it’s with putting up drywall, plumbing or painting walls and would like to donate your time, we would love to put you to work!

calendarEvent Planner
Organized people who love planning are always a great asset to our volunteer team! Every year we host many events, like Casino Nights, Diaper Drives and Pub Nights. These fundraisers require planners who are keen on making sure they run smooth and without a hitch. If you’re a busy bee who likes to plan then Made by Momma wants you to join our volunteer team!

Seasonal volunteer opportunities: 

shovelSnow Angel
When it’s winter, Made by Momma needs a Snow Angel to help keep our sidewalks clear after each snowfall. This opportunity is perfect for the volunteer who lives or works close to our Resource Centre in West Hillhurst and loves outdoor activity, even in the cold Calgary weather, BRR! 

gnomeGarden Gnome
Empty flower beds and brown grass can only mean one thing…our Volunteer Resource Centre needs an amazing volunteer with a green thumb this spring and summer! Donate your time to making our newly renovated Resource Centre make as great of an impression on the outside as it will on the inside. From planting flowers to ongoing maintenance throughout the season, this opportunity is perfect for the garden lover with no garden to love!

              “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For those that might be interested in a more in-depth role with Made by Momma, various Board Member Roles and Team Leads and Committee roles are available to join and contribute to.

Team Lead Positions Currently Available:
  • Community Ambassador Lead
  • Resource Centre Coordinators 
  • Little Free Library Lead
  • Fundraising Events Coordinator
  • Community Events Coordinator
Committee Leads Currently Available:
  • Golf for Girls Charity Classic Planning Committee

Board of Directors

Our organization is busy and growing, and we require dedicated board members to help us keep up with the demand for our services. As such, we are currently seeking motivated and creative candidates to join our Volunteer Board of Directors. Your passion and enthusiasm for helping fellow Calgarians through short term situations of adversity will make an important difference every day in the work we do.

As we are a volunteer-run organization, our board is considered a “working” board. Essentially we all roll up our sleeves and do whatever needs to be done, from planning and organizing events, to baking and barbequing, to laundry and cleaning, picking up donations to making deliveries and more. Board members are expected to prepare for, attend and participate in monthly board meetings, the Annual General Meeting and events & activities throughout the year. Each board member is assigned a sub-committee and meetings may be scheduled when required. Please note that this is a volunteer position with no salary or commission.

Board Positions Currently Available:
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Grants & Fund Development Coordinator
  • Fundraising Events Coordinator
  • Community Events Coordinator

While previous board experience is not required, some of the general expectations we are looking for include:

  • Willing to put the time, energy and enthusiasm into a long-term commitment to your board role
  • Deeply committed to volunteerism and a passion for community initiatives
  • Must have previous experience volunteering with Made by Momma
  • Have compassion and understanding for those we serve
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission, by-laws and organizational values.
  • Willing to serve on committees and attend committee meetings.
  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepare themselves well for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports.
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of fundraising and community events
  • Availability to meet at our Volunteer Resource Centre in West Hillhurst NW
  • Must have regular online access to email and the internet (incl. Facebook, Meetup)

Due to the nature of our volunteer-run organization and our need for succession planning, we are looking for long term commitments to ensure our work remains consistent and effective. Current available positions have a minimum two-year commitment.

If you are looking to join, in a volunteer role, a young, growing and dynamic organization based in the Calgary area, we invite you to submit a letter of interest to Made by Momma Executive Team: Allyson Palaschuk   president @ madebymomma .org   (no spaces)
Please include work history, personal interests, previous volunteer roles and/or board experience, as well as any volunteering you have done with Made by Momma. Emphasis will be on the recruitment of candidates who have the time and experience to make a significant impact on the long-term performance of Made by Momma.

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.”
~ Helen Keller