Winnipeg is a city of 650,000 located on the Red River, 108 kilometers north of the U.S. border. Being near the center of Canada, it is a major transportation center. Although the city's population is now fairly diverse, most of the people are English-speaking with French, German and Ukrainian being other predominant languages. There are about 75,000 First Nations people living in Winnipeg.
There are a variety of service assignments available in Winnipeg:
Soup kitchen where the need is to help prepare and serve hot, free meals, and provide hospitality to the poor.
Family Community Centre
Provides a drop-in for young moms to chat and discuss issues that affect them. Volunteers would help with the day-to-day operations of the center.
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers can serve on various working committees and in the office. Habitat Re-Store is another area for volunteer involvement. Re-Store diverts used construction materials and offers them for sale to the public at costs that are much lower than retail. All proceeds from sales go toward assisting in the primary mission of Habitat. Construction activities are generally in the summer, but occasional slow builds may take place any time of the year.
Union Gospel Mission
Soup kitchen and clothing distribution, where volunteers would be involved in cooking, serving meals, and providing hospitality and friendship.
Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank
An organization committed to distributing surplus food and eliminating hunger in the city. Volunteers would help with general warehouse work and administrative duties.
Lodging: Arrangements will be made through the MCC Manitoba.