Archived: 2017 was a great year for SAMRU volunteers… 2018 will be even better

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It takes a lot of hard work and long hours to put on all the amazing programs for you that we do. Many (and we mean many) of these hours are donated by our fabulous SAMRU volunteers. We depend on our volunteers to assist with multiple areas of the organization and we’re always so grateful when they rise to the occasion.

We’re blown away by our student volunteers and their commitment to improving the student experience for Mount Royal. 2017 was no exception. In 2017 alone, volunteers donated 4204 hours of their time to SAMRU. WOW! We can’t thank the Mount Royal community enough for seeing the value in our programs and services and helping us make them a reality. But our work isn’t done…

Our hope for 2018 is to engage even more students to get involved with their Students’ Association. With so many areas and interests to choose from, you won’t have a problem finding where you fit in. If you’re looking for an opportunity with little commitment, perhaps Casual, Event, or Program support would be a good fit! Assist with larger events like U Fest and Last Class Bash or help with ongoing programming like the Community Garden and Crafternoon. It’s only an hour or two at a time and you get to choose your availability.

Good news for all you financial gurus: the Tax Clinic is returning to SAMRU which means we’re looking for volunteers to help students file their taxes. Build your resume and help low-income individuals stay up to date on their taxes. Fill out an application here!

The Peer Support Centre is always looking for counsellors to offer students peer-to-peer support when life becomes too much (as it does for most of us). It’s a rewarding opportunity that can really make a difference to a struggling student. Volunteers are also needed around the holidays and final exam time when stress levels are especially high. The Season of Caring and Stress Less Week are enormously valuable programs for students that wouldn’t be possible without volunteers.

If advocacy is your thing, there are a number of ways you can get involved in campus politics and advocating for student rights. Each Vice President on our Representation Executive Council (REC) has a Representation Committee designed to advocate for students. Volunteers will share their feedback and help REC shape their initiatives for ultimate impact. Planning and Implementation Committees (PICs) are also a great way to have your voice heard as you help shape the programs SAMRU offers to students!

We hope you’ll consider getting involved with SAMRU as a volunteer in 2018. There’s so much more to university than classes. Make your undergrad years unforgettable by getting involved and making connections. Volunteering is a great first step.

We’re holding a Volunteer Info Session on January 17th from 4 to 5 pm in Council Chambers (2nd floor of Wyckham House). Ask questions from the supervising staff and find out more about the roles available. Hope to see you there!