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Get involved: Three Sustainability Nonprofits Looking for Volunteers in Edmonton

By Lauren McMullen

As the world begins to heal from the pandemic, it’s time to realign our priorities and focus on our future. If you’ve felt disconnected from your community during the past two years, you aren’t alone. One of the best ways to get involved locally and meet new people—all while making a difference—is to try volunteering. Here are three sustainability-focused Edmonton nonprofits looking for new members to join their teams.

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The Local Good

The Local Good has served Edmonton for 15 years, spending that time helping Edmontonains “live a more local a green lifestyle.”. They do this by hosting events, creating programs, and posting content that helps grow the sustainability network in Edmonton. One of The Local Good’s most popular events is their series of Green Drinks events where people of all backgrounds gather to network with others in the community.

The Local Good does more than just help the environment. They also help the economy in Edmonton by hosting a Cash Mob four times a year where you can meet up with other sustainability enthusiasts to explore and support local businesses.

If you want to get involved with The Local Good, you’re in luck! The Local Good accepts volunteers with diverse skills, and they are always ready to welcome a fresh face to their team. Some projects they are currently looking for support in include:

  • Green Drinks - planning and promotion

  • The Local Good Blog - writing and editing

  • Social Media - planning and posting

  • Events Calendar - website calendar management

  • Finance and Fundraising - assistance in managing The Local Good budget and grant writing

  • Special Projects and Events - new event planning

Ready to get involved? Get in touch with The Local Good team using this form.

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Waste Free Edmonton

From disposable masks to single-use plastic coffee cups, excess waste has been a necessary evil throughout the pandemic. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of the damage of waste and how we can improve. Waste Free Edmonton “is a grassroots, non-profit organization working to significantly reduce the amount of waste created in Edmonton by stopping it at the source.”

Through both education and direct action, Waste Free Edmonton works hard to help Edmonton and its people reduce their impact on the environment in many sectors, such as fashion, food, and more. They provide resources to help people reach out to City Councillors , and their volunteers visit schools around Edmonton to help young minds understand the issue of waste in our world.

If you’re passionate about reducing your footprint in the global community, consider volunteering with Waste Free Edmonton. They have many positions available:

  • Podcast Co-Host

  • Public Outreach Team Member

  • Outreach and Event Planner

  • Business Liaison

  • Fundraising Manager

  • Fundraiser

  • School Program Ambassador

  • School Program Liaison

  • Content Creator

  • Web Designer

  • Newsletter Specialist

Get in touch with the Waste Free Edmonton team today.

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Sustainable Food Edmonton

In many ways, city-dwellers have become disconnected from their food. We need it to live, but we seldom think about food production beyond its apparition on grocery store shelves and restaurant plates. Sustainable Food Edmonton aims to re-ignite our connection to food by promoting urban agriculture.

This nonprofit provides support for 98 community gardens, 50 elementary schools, and 8 high schools in the area through educational programming and community outreach. Their projects include Little Green Thumbs, which teaches children how to grow vegetables; Urban Ag High, which connects junior high school and high school students with urban agriculture; and their community gardens, which are sustained through community networking and grants.

You can help support this initiative through volunteer work with any of their programs or with special events. Fill out their short form to get added to their list of volunteers.

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