Volunteering Thinkstock Share: Deployment Volunteers Deployment Volunteers Volunteers are the very heart and soul of Deployment Services. Whether you have “walked the walk” and have an abundance of first-hand deployment experience to share, are brand new to the military community, or are from the broader Comox Valley community, we would love to have you join our team! Volunteering is a great way to: Reach out to your peers and share your experience Develop your own skills and knowledge Invest your deployment time in a positive, enriching way Support your community Be a role model There are many opportunities to volunteer at the MFRC. The first step in finding the right match for your interests is to get in touch with our MFRC Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Kidson at 250-339-8290 local 7227. Deployment Volunteer Opportunities 1. Care Package Project Each year thousands of Canadian Forces personnel leave behind their loved ones, homes and communities to perform peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and other duties far from home. When away from loved ones and one's community for an extended period of time everything from home - like pictures, letters and parcels - becomes more precious. Because of this, the Care Package Program was born. The Care Package Program is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who do everything from baking, packing, and publicity, to the solicitation of goods & services and more for the packages. Our goal is to send a package from the Comox MFRC and local area to each 19 Wing member who is away from home for 3 months or more. The Care Packages contain items to remind them of home - and show that they are not forgotten. 2. Warmline Outreach Team We keep in touch with the Families of CF members who are away from home for an extended period of time to offer moral support, networking, information, resources and referrals to services. One very important way that we accomplish this is through our Warmline outreach. Our team of warm, caring military family volunteers spend a few hours each month calling families of deployed members to say hello and let them know we are thinking about them, and to offer them current information about our programs and resources. 3. Family Network Coordinators From time to time, 19 Wing experiences “mass deployments”, where a group of members are deployed at the same time to a common location. The families who remain in Comox often find it helpful to connect with one another during the deployment, not only for moral support and social connection, but also to share information about the deployment with one another. Networks include male and female spouses as well as other family members. In order to give the groups structure and maintain their effectiveness, one or a few of the members step forward and offer to serve as coordinators, to liaise with the MFRC and 19 Wing, and to coordinate the activities of the family network. 4. Workshop/Event Facilitators and Organizers Do you have a special skill or interest you would like to share with others? Do you have a talent for organizing events? Deployment Services offers a number of workshops and other events that are designed especially to meet the special needs and interests of deployment families, and we always welcome new ideas to enrich our offerings, and certainly always need a few extra hands on deck to help events go smoothly.