The AFOL is an independent, non-profit society that is run by a Volunteer Board of Directors. They work throughout the year, meeting monthly to assess, plan, and implement everything needed to put on this event for 24 years now.
In 2018, thanks to our volunteers we recorded over 3,000 volunteer hours from November 15, to January 15 alone.
It does take all twelve months to plan and organize this annual tradition, meaning we have volunteer opportunities all year long, with specific projects in the warmer months, including maintenance of our displays.
We partner with several other local organizations and groups in the off-season, providing equipment and volunteers to help their events run successfully too. We are very excited to be assisting the Airdrie Children’s Festival Society, Airdrie Pride Society, Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association, Unmask Mental Health, Olds ~ Olds Fashioned Christmas, Time Traveller’s Car Club, and many more!
We also partner with external groups, including work release programs as well as allowing individuals an opportunity to work off community service hours.
We believe the spirit of volunteerism lies within our youth population, and work very hard to mentor those youth, helping them appreciate that sense of giving back within their community. When our youth contribute to their community, they Connect with their community.
We offer a fundraising program for local youth groups and other not for profit organizations in exchange for volunteer hours. Last year we had seven different fundraising groups that helped them earn more than $5,200 towards their own programming.