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HISTORY AND MISSION STATEMENT

The roots of Volunteer Lethbridge go back to 1981 and we have had a Volunteer Centre in Lethbridge continuously ever since. In 1981 the YWCA started the Lethbridge Volunteer Bureau as a three-year federally funded project under what eventually became Human Resources & Skills Development Canada. At the end of the funding in 1984, the YWCA facilitated the transformation of the project to the independent not-for-profit status that we currently maintain.

Old Sign coming downThe first home of the Lethbridge Volunteer Bureau was in the McFarland Building, where the YWCA administration and program staff resided during the construction of their new facility at 604 8th Street S. The Volunteer Bureau moved, with the YWCA, into the new building in 1983 and lived there until it became independent, at which time it moved into a north side location with the Lethbridge Shopper. Renamed the Community Volunteer Centre in the late eighties, the organization moved to the Bill Kergan Centre. In 2000 the organization was renamed Volunteer Lethbridge and in 2011 it moved to Deveta Place. A partnership struck with the University of Lethbridge saw another move in November 2013 to 324-5 Street South, Dr. Foster James Penny Building.

Volunteer Lethbridge Office

Over the years Volunteer Lethbridge has established a strong reputation as a leader in the voluntary and non-profit sector. Our services have grown and evolved over the years to meet the needs of our member agencies and individual volunteers in the community. Our core funding comes from FCSS (Family & Community Support Services) administered through the City of Lethbridge. We supplement our funding base with grants and fundraising projects. Volunteer Lethbridge has a strong partnership with the City of Lethbridge in order to provide support to the Voluntary Sector in our community.

 

Our Vision

Volunteer Lethbridge strengthens and sustains a healthy, vibrant community through support and advancement of volunteer excellence.

Our Mission

Volunteer Lethbridge builds connections and empowers individuals and organizations to enhance volunteerism and grow volunteer capacity.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Volunteer Lethbridge affirms that volunteerism is an essential and highly regarded community value and strives to maintain and enhance its relevance in our community.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge will ensure that its programs, policies and principles reflect and support the rich diversity of the community we serve.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge will continue to strive for excellence and professionalism in program delivery.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge’s Board of Directors will safeguard its fiduciary responsibility and ensure that VL will operate in an ethical, cost effective and professional manner.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge will be open, accessible and responsive to the community and is self-critical and innovative in developing services.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge will advocate for volunteers and volunteerism.
  • Volunteer Lethbridge believes that partnerships with community stakeholders are key to advancing our mission.
DR. FOSTER JAMES PENNY BUILDING
324 5TH STREET SOUTH
LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA
T1J 2B5
PHONE: 403-332-4320
FAX: 403-332-4321

 

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