Volunteer at Westwood!

There are a wide array of opportunities to volunteer at Westwood - one time work bees, helping out at Sunday services, supporting one of our essential committees, serving on the Board of Trustees. We thank all at Westwood who volunteer in many capacities for the congregation and are part of Westwood's shared ministry. Volunteers of all stripes gain a sense of belonging, satisfaction from their meaningful contribution, closer ties to others in the organization, and the smiles and gratitude of the whole congregation!

For terms of reference of major committees see Westwood's Organizational Guide and for descriptions of our major operations see Westwood's Pocket Guide (pdf).


2015-16 Time and Talent Opportunities


Worship Committee

Room for one or two new faces in 2015/16! Contact: worship@westwoodunitarian.ca.

Stewardship Committee

This special role is far more than being just about money - it touches on the dreams and aspirations of the congregation and is centrally positioned in the organization - the job touches all aspects of Westwood. It is a role that has robust support from the Board and other congregational leaders. It is pleasantly brief rather than being an all-year commitment; generally it is a burst of activity in February and March.

Contact: stewardship@westwoodunitarian.ca

CYRE Committee

Contact: kids@westwoodunitarian.ca.

Youth Leaders

Contact the CYRE committee at kids@westwoodunitarian.ca or the youth leaders at youth@westwoodunitarian.ca.

Fundraising Committee

Contact: fundraising@westwoodunitarian.ca

Membership Committee

This committee meets for about two hours approximately monthly. We discuss plans to help integrate newcomers and to figure out our part in attracting newcomers. We have planned some church events that take additional time - but not a great amount. It is a fun committee - free tea every month. We have been meeting at Lorian’s but that could change next year depending on what everyone wants.

Contact: pathways@westwoodunitarian.ca.

Lay Chaplain

There is an opening for a second Westwood Lay Chaplain. Speak to the Lay Chaplain committee – Marj F and Bruce McW (lccomittee@westwoodunitarian.ca) or our current Lay Chaplain, Leigh (laychaplain@westwoodunitarian.ca).

Three-Year Rotation, Three-Member Nominated Committees

The Committee on Shared Ministry, the Endowment Trust Fund Committee, and the Financial Review Committee each take on a new member each year while the 3rd-year member rotates off. These areas are populated by the committee members or the nominations committee. If you are approached for membership in one of these groups, please give the invitation serious consideration. These each represent essential services to the organization.

The Board

Also by nomination, the Board generally takes on new trustees each year to allow a healthy rotation of novice and experienced members. Contact: board@westwoodunitarian.ca

Communications Team

Opening for a web "gardener" or monthly newsletter editor. Terry, our current newsletter editor, is willing to take on either of these roles in the upcoming year, leaving a new volunteer the choice of either role. Training on the web available throughout the spring of 2015, with transition of responsibility to take place over the summer.

Blog editor. Administers regular posts to the blog; recruits writers; tone checks and proofreads material prior to posting.

Contact: communications@westwoodunitarian.ca

Building and Grounds Committee

Contact: buildingandgrounds@westwoodunitarian.ca.

Welcoming Congregation

Contact: queer@westwoodunitarian.ca


Ongoing Opportunities


Sunday Volunteers

Mike is continuing in the role of Sunday Volunteer Coordinator for 2014-15. Be sure to give him a big smile and a thank-you for he and Rita's great service to Westwood in this capacity! Consider how you can help keep Westwood services rolling smoothly by volunteering regularly in these small, pleasant, weekly roles.

Click the links below to view the descriptions and instructions from the Organizational Guide.

Email Mike for more information at sundayvolunteers@westwoodunitarian.ca. Speak to Ilara or Brenda N. from CYRE for more information about being a Children's Program Assistant (kids@westwoodunitarian.ca).

Sunday Worship Services

Westwood's Sunday services are led each week by people from within our community. Speakers include the Reverend Anne Barker, people from within our community, and invited guest speakers. The Worship Committee schedules speakers, service leaders, and musicians for worship services.

Contact the Worship Committee if you are interested in leading a service or speaking.

The Worship Committee supports service participants as they prepare for services. If you are planning a service, the Service Leaders' page provides information and resources to help you.

Music - Sunday Worship Services

Whatever instrument you play, there is a place for you in the musical life of Westwood's services. Share your talent and let's make beautiful music together. Contact: musicschedule@westwoodunitarian.ca

Choir

Contact: choir@westoodunitarian.ca