General Volunteer FAQ
What is 5 Days for the Homeless?
5 Days for the Homeless is a nation-wide event where students from across the country will be making personal sacrifices for the betterment of their community by sleeping outside during the 5 days of the campaign. At the University of Alberta our campaign will take place from March 11th to March 16th and focus on spreading awareness campus-wide about youth homelessness. Our partner nonprofit organization is Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) and part of our campaign will involve spreading awareness of the support YESS offers youth-at-risk. As a volunteer for the campaign you will be an ambassador of the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign and YESS organization.
What will I be doing?
The most common and important task that our volunteers will be doing is classroom runs. Volunteers will be given a schedule of the classrooms they will be going to during their shifts, give a quick presentation about the campaign, and then pass a donation bin around the room. Volunteers will also be responsible for tabling across campus during the campaign and collect donations at these locations. Some volunteers will also be needed for helping with our many events during the week (pancake breakfast, documentary screening, speaker night, band night, BBQ, etc.).
Can I choose what I do for volunteering?
We understand that some people may not be confident with doing classroom presentations, and public speaking. We will collect your preferences and schedule you according to your choices as best as possible. However, please note that classroom runs are the what we will need most of our volunteers for.
What is the time commitment?
We appreciate any time our volunteers can give to 5 Days for the Homeless during the course of our campaign. Be it 1 hour or 10 hours we will schedule you accordingly. The average time commitment we tend to get from our volunteers during the week is 5 to 6 hours. There will also be a 90-minute training session before the campaign on March 4th, 2018 for all volunteers. This does not apply to executive volunteers, see the specific FAQ section for executive volunteers below.
Do I have to be in Business to volunteer or be involved?
Nope! One of our goals for the campaign this year is to have all of the faculties involved and help spread awareness of our cause campus-wide.
Will we be sleeping outside?
Only the executive team will be sleeping outside, volunteer shifts will primarily be during the middle of the day. There may be an opportunity during the campaign for students to attend an organized sleepover with the executive team. More information will be released about the events closer to March.
Executive Volunteer FAQ