Volunteer with SAMRU: There’s Something for Everyone!
Hoping to find a volunteer opportunity for the upcoming school year? Consider volunteering with SAMRU! There are multiple ways to get involved, and many of our volunteer roles have flexible hours, so you can focus on your studies while easily gaining volunteer experience at the same time.
Read on to get a run down of all the SAMRU volunteer opportunities and decide what fits best for your schedule and interests!
There are 3 areas in which you can volunteer within SAMRU:
Within these 3 streams, there are multiple volunteer positions, all with varying time commitments and responsibilities. If there’s something you’re interested in signing up for, all applications are done online.
Casual Support Volunteers
Help with one-off or unscheduled volunteer activities that contribute to the campus community. This work can include occasionally monitoring Free Breakfast, volunteering annually at the Crowchild Classic, or at the SAMRU Casino fundraiser.
Event & Outreach Support Volunteers
Help to deliver SAMRU events. This may include recurring events like Gender Bender, Sex Toy Bingo, and SAMRU Awards. This work will likely involve setup/tear-down of event decor, and or tabling.
Peer Support Volunteers (Peer Support Centre & Student Advocacy Resource Centre)
Provide peer-based active listening, support and referral to appropriate resources. You will help to create and maintain a respectful environment in all SAMRU dedicated spaces.
Queer Peer Support (Pride Centre)
Queer Peers provide peer to peer-based active listening, support and referral to LGBTQ+ appropriate resources. You will help to create and maintain a safe and inclusive environment in the Pride Centre. The work will be shifted, and largely take place between the hours of 10 and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
World University Support Canada (WUSC) – Student Refugee Program Academic support
WUSC stands for the World University Student of Canada. WUSC is a global non-profit organization that runs the SRP or Student Refugee Program. SAMRU and MRU are currently engaged in a pilot partnership of the SRP, and are supporting a student refugee in Canada at MRU.
As a WUSC-SRP Academic Support volunteer, you will be helping a student to navigate the complexities of academic life at MRU in a variety of ways, supported by both MRU and SAMRU staff and resources. You will help orient the student to the MRU campus and help the student find academic resources on campus.
World University Support Canada (WUSC) – Student Refugee Program Social Support
As a WUSC-SRP Social Support volunteer, you will be helping a student to navigate the complexities of their social life at MRU in a variety of ways, supported by both MRU and SAMRU staff and resources. You will help the student find events and activities on campus that they may be interested in, and participate in these events along with the student. The goal is to encourage the SRP to develop friendships and an independent life, with support from volunteers.
Work directly with members of the Representation Executive Council and provide them with valuable insights and assistance with their representation portfolios. This may include, but is not limited to, working on projects like open educational resources, mental health resources, dating, domestic, and sexual violence prevention on campus, and more. Volunteering on a representation committee is ideal for students looking to be more involved in representation and advocacy related to student academic and non-academic concerns.
Student Governors of the SAMRU Student Governing Board
Governors are appointed throughout the year, and elected in the Fall semester, and are collectively the highest decision-making body of the organization. In order to serve on the Student Governing Board, you must:
- Be a Mount Royal University student enrolled in at least one credit course
- Commit to the work and mission of SAMRU
- Be willing to serve on committees and work groups
- Attend approximately twice-monthly Student Governing Board meetings and assigned committee meetings (usually held on Mondays after 4:00pm)
- Attend Annual and Special General Meetings
- Support and participate in SAMRU fundraising and/or other events
- Maintain a cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 or higher
If you’re interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, apply here!