Finding Meaningful Volunteer Work

By Eamon Hoey, Chair Person, Radio Communautaire Missisquoi

The following article was published in the January 30th issue of the Brome County News.

Many retirees report that it is not easy to find meaningful volunteer work. Admittedly, it takes a bit of spade work to find the right volunteer opportunity.

Every community offers volunteer opportunities. The most common are: education and youth centres, hospitals, local theatre groups, youth sports teams. There is also community radio!

CIDI 99.1 FM is your community radio station located in Lac-Brome. CIDI’s broadcast signal serves roughly the Regional Municipality of Brome-Missisquoi. It provides the English and French speaking population of the region with a mixture of music shows, local interviews, community announcements, among others.

Our programs are hosted and produced by local volunteers. For many retirees, the main attraction in volunteering at CIDI, is to be part of a team, a reason to get up in the morning, having a place to go and a daily schedule. Volunteers also say that it is by developing new relationships, having a sense of purpose and a fulfilling experience that makes them enjoy the work so much. The magic of volunteering is about contributing to your community while learning new skills and participating in an enjoyable work environment.

Our volunteers do not need broadcasting experience. CIDI provides on-the-job training. Currently, we are looking for on-air hosts for the 3 daily prime time shifts (7 to 9 am, 11 am to 1 pm, 4 to 6 pm) and for other live broadcasts. Hosts can job share and can have co-hosts. CIDI needs a person to recruit and maintain contact with our members. We also need 3 to 4 people in our newsroom to do on-location interviews with community leaders. And if you have a knack for things technical, we have openings for “technicians” to work in CIDI’s broadcast studios.

Volunteering at CIDI can only enhance your retirement years. To arrange a time to discuss how you might like to participate in your community radio station, please call Marilyn at 450-305-1195.