Contact: Najib Mangal
Service Location: 1107 – 2 Ave. A North, Lethbridge, AB
8:30 AM—4:30 PM, Monday—Friday
Closed Statutory holidays
Become a Friend of Newcomers
Are you interested in volunteering directly with newcomers? Do you want to help newcomers learn to access services and connect with our community? Volunteering with Immigrant Services is a fulfilling way to give back to the community.
Volunteers are matched with newcomers and newcomer families to offer one-on-one support with everything from learning how to go to the bank and the grocery store to offering peer support and guidance around applying to jobs and going to school.
Matching activities have been shown to support the two-way street of integration by fostering intercultural awareness and acceptance, and supporting volunteers to better understand the contributions of immigrants and the challenges they face in Canada.
Volunteer Match Activities
Personal exchanges based on needs, interests and hobbies, including:
providing general orientation and support;
explaining how to navigate systems and public services;
developing life skills and offering advice to improve overall well-being;
preparing and sharing food;
attending or participating in a cultural or sporting event together; and
Informal language learning to practice and improve English and French skills, including:
building language skills outside a classroom or workplace;
interacting beyond the organized group setting of conversation circles;
dialogue focused on everyday interactions;
personal assistance with pronunciation and grammar; and
opportunities to practice English or French in an informal environment to develop the comfort and confidence needed to communicate effectively.
To volunteer as a match you must
Commit to volunteering a minimum of 4 hours per month for six months
Complete a screening and orientation process (including a criminal record and vulnerable sector check, and two references)
Complete appropriate training and attend volunteer orientations
How to Get Involved
To become a friend of newcomers, please contact:
Najib Mangal (he/him)
Lethbridge Family Services
Community Connections Manager, Immigrant Services
403-320-1589 Ext. 3228