More volunteers than any other sector
Not-for-profit operators pride ourselves on our long legacy of charitable giving and volunteerism.
Our first faith-based nursing posts in the 1800s were largely run by volunteer missionaries and health care workers. As public funding for continuing care emerged in the 1940s and 1950s, CHAA operators continued to attract a large pool of committed, experienced volunteers. By 2021 we were blessed with nearly 7,500 volunteers in CHAA care homes who provided nearly 400,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
While the number of volunteers dropped during the pandemic, non-profit care homes continue to be supported by thousands of volunteer workers across Alberta. Most volunteers focus on enhancing quality of life for residents through music, song, spiritual care, crafts and workshops, social outings, pet therapy, companionship, gardening, transportation, and many other enriching activities.
Every CHAA care home welcomes the talents and gifts of volunteers. With not-for-profit care homes situated in 50% of all municipal districts in Alberta, there’s very likely volunteer spot close to home.
CHAA's member organizations accept volunteer applications directly.
Learn more about why working in not-for-profit is different.
Celebrating not-for-profit workers
CHAA’s not-for-profit operators boast the province’s longest-serving workforce and the longest-tenure staff. We’re privileged to work with such stable, loyal, and long-serving teams.Here’s why our partnership with employees is so strong.
Dorothy's jewellery box
Staff were at a loss to find ways to calm Dorothy on days she woke up anxious and distressed. A caring staff member and a dollar-store jewelry box saved the day.