Opportunities with Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch

At Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch it is our hope that everyone gain a valuable and positive volunteer experience as we work together to create safer neighbourhoods.

ENW has 2 staff members to support residents of the City of Edmonton and its 157 community leagues, Neighbourhood Watch relies heavily on volunteers to help bring crime prevention programs and resources to the community. For Neighbourhood Watch to exist at the neighbourhood level, volunteers living and working in those areas are needed.

If you are interested in crime prevention or helping create safer neighbourhoods, consider volunteering with ENW. By volunteering at ENW, you can improve the quality of life of Edmontonians while gaining skills and valuable experience. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and have fun!

Volunteer Opportunities available at ENW

ENW Board of Directors

Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Each March at the Annual General Meeting board elections take place. If a position is vacated throughout the year, the Board may fill the position by appointment. Membership with ENW is required.  See the Board of Directors page for information on all positions on the Board of Directors.

Community Representative

A Community Representative is a volunteer for a single community league that trains to be a local Neighbourhood Watch “expert” for their community .  The ENW model includes a Community Representative(s) for each community league in the city.  ENW provides training, resources and ongoing support to that Community Representative.  It is the Community Representative that brings the programs, resources and initiatives to the people living in that community.

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The Community Representative receives training and resources available through ENW to provide in their own community league. Each community league is encouraged to have a Community Representative(s). To become a Community Representative there are five basic requirements. The person in the position must:

  • be approved by both ENW and the community league or community group. It is an appointment by ENW and an endorsement from the Community League Board or established community group. 
  • be/become a member of ENW.
  • pass a Police Information Check (PIC) for volunteers conducted by the Edmonton Police Service.
  • have internet access and communicate regularly by email.
  • attend a training session conducted by ENW & EPS.

Community Reps attend an initial training session to learn about the programs, resources and to become familiar with what is available to help with crime prevention at the community level.  This training is provided free by ENW to Community Reps.  After the initial training, Community Reps need to attend an update training approximately every 12-18 months. All Community Reps are encouraged to attend the AGM and the annual Appreciation event. All are provided free of charge to Community Reps.

Community Reps work directly with ENW staff and can access assistance and direction when needed. All ENW print materials are available to the Community Reps to be used and distributed in the community. Additional lending materials are also available to the Community Reps such as stand-up banners, lawn signs, identification cards, display boards and more.

Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador

A Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador is a volunteer for a complex, building or neighbourhood.  ENW provides training on programs and starting a Neighbourhood Watch. The Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador brings programs and initiatives to the people living in area they support.

To become a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador there are five basic requirements. The person in the position must:

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  • be approved as a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador by ENW.
  • be/become a member of ENW.
  • pass a Police Information Check (PIC) for volunteers conducted by the Edmonton Police Service.
  • have internet access and communicate regularly by email.
  • attend a training session conducted by ENW & EPS.

Neighbourhood Watch Ambassadors attend an initial training session to learn about the programs, resources and to become familiar with crime prevention available at the community level.  This training is provided free by ENW to Neighbourhood Watch Ambassadors.  After the initial training, Neighbourhood Watch Ambassadors need to attend an update training approximately every 12-18 months. All Neighbourhood Watch Ambassadors are encouraged to attend the AGM and the annual Appreciation event. All are provided free of charge to Neighbourhood Watch Ambassadors.

Division Representative

A Division Representative is an ENW representative for one of the 6 different Police divisions and all the community leagues in that same area. Division Reps are a support for Community Reps, help community members who are without a Community Rep and will liaise with the Edmonton Police on community crime prevention initiatives.

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The Division Representative receives training and resources available through ENW to provide in their division.  A Division can have a single Rep or work with another volunteer in a shared-role. To become a Division Representative there are five basic requirements. The person in the position must:

  • be approved by both ENW and the Edmonton Police Service. It is an appointment by ENW and needs to be approved by the Edmonton Police Service Volunteer Coordinator.
  • be/become a member of ENW.
  • pass a Special Enhanced Police Information or a volunteer Police Information Check (PIC) for volunteers conducted by the Edmonton Police Service.
  • have internet access and communicate regularly by email.
  • attend a training session conducted by ENW & EPS.

Division Reps attend an initial training session to learn about the programs, resources and to become familiar with what is available to help with crime prevention at the community level.  This training is provided free by ENW to Division Reps.  Division Reps may need to attend an additional training session approximately every 12-18 months. All Division Reps are encouraged to attend the AGM and the annual Appreciation event.  All are provided free of charge to the Division Reps.

Division Reps work directly with ENW staff and can access assistance and direction when needed.  All ENW print materials are available to the Division Reps to be used and distribute in the areas served.  Additional lending materials are also available to the Division Reps such as stand-up banners, lawn signs, identification cards, display boards and more.

Display Host

This is an excellent opportunity for retired persons or university students who have an interest in crime prevention and who enjoy speaking with the public. A Display Host represents ENW at community events.

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The Display Host will pick up display materials and resources from the ENW office and take them to the location of the event. At the event, the Display Host will set-up the table/location to provide information about ENW programs and services to the people who attend. When the event is over the Display Host will pack up the materials and arrange to return them to the ENW Office.

Display Host volunteers attend a training session (approx. 3 hours) to learn about the programs and resources available through ENW.

Program Specialist

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in specific programs at ENW. Those people interested in walking programs, helping others with block parties, or training members of the public on how to start a program, would be great in one or more of these roles. The Program Specialist will provide resources, train and help volunteers implement a specific program in the community.

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The Program Specialist will prepare program package material and either mail it to Community Reps (or community program leaders) and/or meet with them to distribute the material.  They will track who and where the specific programs are being done in the community, and ensure that all materials are provided and returned to ENW (when necessary).

Skills required include use of MS Excel, MS Word, email and web-based storage (google drive).  Program Specialists will work closely with the Program Director to help maintain programs.

Walk Your Block – Program Specialist

All tasks can be completed from home.  Tasks: Receive emails with participant’s information, enter them in the database, assign participant numbers and send welcome emails.

Block Party – Program Specialist

Approximately half the tasks can be completed from home.  May require meeting Block Party organizers to pick-up or return Block Party items.  Tasks: Receive emails for requested Block Party, enter the event in the database, and send a welcome email. Order discount letters from program sponsors as well as prepare letters for the organizer. Provide the organizer with information and links to resources available for ENW Block Parties.

Door Sticker – Program Specialist

The majority of the tasks can be completed from home but may require limited time at the ENW office to prepare program packages.  Tasks: Prepare program packages, send them out to ENW Representatives, enters the program in the database, enter the locations of participants in the database. May also include volunteering at a public location to sign up new program participants.

Neighbourhood Sign – Program Specialist

The majority of the tasks can be completed from home but may require limited time at the ENW office to prepare program packages.  Tasks: Prepare program packages, send them out to ENW Representatives, enter new programs & participants in a database, send requests to the City of Edmonton to arrange sign installation, etc.

Volunteer Coordinator

This position can be done from the comfort of your own home. As long as you are email-savvy and enjoy communicating with people you can make a great impact volunteering in this role. The Volunteer Coordinator with work closely with the Volunteer Director.

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The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the Volunteer Director to help manage and coordinate volunteers as needed for upcoming events.  The Volunteer Coordinator sends a welcome email to all new volunteers and helps determine what type of volunteering they are interested in.

Special Events Planner

This volunteer opportunity is great for anyone who likes to plan events, parties or fundraisers, A Special Events volunteer will help with the planning and completing tasks required when holding events such as the annual appreciation luncheon, silent auction, the Annual General Meeting and training session.

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Task include booking rooms, arranging food & beverages, taking RSVPs, copying materials for the attendees, putting together gift bags, organizing binders, working a registration table and/or being a host at an event.  Special event volunteers are invited to be part of a planning committee and may be involved with gathering donations for a silent auction or planning a theme for the event.  Own transportation is required for this position.

Fundraising Volunteer

Whether you are available to help gather items for a silent auction, work at one of our monthly afternoon bingos, help write grants or volunteer at our casino (once every 18-24 months), your time will have a direct effect helping ENW continue our work.  See the Events page for casino and bingo dates & locations.

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ENW currently receives no sustainable (budgeted) funding from municipal or provincial governments.  Therefore, ENW is reliant on fundraising efforts.  Volunteers who can help with fundraising events can have a large impact at ENW by helping to raise the much needed operational funds.  There are many ways you can make a difference:

  • help gather items for our annual Silent Auction
  • help develop and implement fundraising campaigns
  • help by sourcing (research) new funding opportunities
  • help by drafting grants on behalf of for ENW
  • work at our monthly bingo
  • work at our bi-annual casino

Bingo

ENW has a monthly bingo held during the afternoon.  Volunteer are needed from approximately 11am to 3:30pm.  Each month 16 volunteers are needed.  The funds raised from monthly bingos goes towards ENW providing crime prevention programs and services at the community level.  Currently ENW bingos are held at the Kensington Bingo Hall.  See our events page for the dates of upcoming bingos.

Casino

The majority of the ENW annual budget (approx. 75%) comes from funds raised through Alberta Gaming.  The next casino for ENW is on Wednesday August 10th & Thursday August 11th at the Century Casino. Volunteers are desperately needed.  Contact admin@enwatch.ca or volunteer@enwatch.ca to volunteer.

Administrative Volunteer

Anyone with experience working in an office would be great in this role. Just one day a month would be a great help to our organization. Administrative volunteers work in the ENW office helping with filing, copying, preparing packages, and sorting materials for events.

To apply:

Submit a volunteer application using our Online Application.

Or download a Volunteer Application Form and email it to volunteer@enwatch.ca

Successful applicants may be required to provide a Volunteer Police Information Check