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For many, volunteering with SAMRU is a first-hand experience in citizenship. When asked about their experience, our volunteers talk about the friendships they make and the connections they create. They talk about putting a smile on a stranger’s face, or getting out of their comfort zones, or finding a sense of belonging.

We’re all about connection.

Take free breakfast, for example. Last year, the Peer Support Centre dished out an average of 56 free breakfasts every day to MRU students. This long-standing program could not be possible without the enthusiastic volunteers who arrive bright and early to set up breakfast and to open to open the doors to hungry students.

Free breakfast isn’t the only program that relies on the incredible strength of volunteers. Volunteers set up and tear down at UFest. Volunteers weed the community garden. Volunteers collect donations at the Season of Caring booth. Even our Board of Governors – the highest decision-making body of SAMRU – is made up of student volunteers. So it would be an understatement to say that we depend on our volunteers – their efforts make up a significant part of our day-to-day operations.

Get involved: you’ll not only help others – you’ll help yourself.

We are so proud to be a part of a community that is committed to the success — both academic and non-academic — of MRU students. That thriving community is made up of student volunteers, SAMRU staff members, and our wonderful collaborators and partners at Mount Royal University. If you’re a part of the Mount Royal campus, and you want to donating your time and energy working with the Students’ Association, we’re confident we can find a fit for you.

For students, there are many benefits to getting involved. It’s not all about building a strong resume or experiencing that learning and personal development that goes beyond a classroom education. Volunteering offers the unique opportunity to build the community you want to see on your campus. That’s what it really means to give back to your community: helping shape it from the ground up.

Volunteers from last semester have lots to say about their experience, but you don’t have to just take our word for it – here’s what one volunteer had to say:

“Through volunteering with SAMRU, I’ve been able to give back to the student body while working with, and becoming friends with upbeat, diverse people who have a deep passion for all students and their wellbeing. Volunteering with SAMRU is always fun and exciting, and the staff are always encouraging your development in creative ways. I’ve met some of my best friends by volunteering with SAMRU, and I’m always excited to see who else I’ll become friends with by volunteering. Choosing to volunteer with SAMRU is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Ready to get started?

There are many ways to get involved! We encourage anyone interested in learning more to register here to see all the opportunities we offer. We have dedicated, full-time staff who are thrilled to be working with you, and a comprehensive volunteering database that makes finding opportunities and tracking your hours a breeze.

Are you already a volunteer? Friend referrals are rated by former volunteers as by far our most successful way of engaging students. If you’re already an active volunteer with us, why not pay it forward and bring a friend in?

Want to talk to a friendly face about volunteer? No problem – we have friendly staff who are always ready to chat. Stop by Reception (Z222; 2nd floor of Wyckham) or send an e-mail to Amber Stallard, our Student Initiatives Programmer, at a.stallard@samru.ca.

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