Monthly Bulletin – Volunteerism

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2018 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunites Fair

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Cost: Full Participation Cost (Fair & Magazine) $65 / Magazine Only $150
Early Bird Deadline: June 30, 2018
Register by the Early Bird Deadline to be entered in to win 1 of 3, $100 gift cards
Register Now

This trade show style of event brings together about 70 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers with hundreds of people looking for a place to volunteer. It is a time to have face-to-face conversations about causes, services, and opportunities. There are lots choices about where to get involved and how to make the greatest impact.

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR – Community Resources, May 2018

The Big ‘But’ in Skills-Based Volunteerism

Kellogg’s School of Management released a podcast last week on the increasing desire and opportunity for professionals and their companies to move past traditional philanthropy and lend their expertise to nonprofits in need of their specific skill sets, popularly known as skills-based volunteerism. Professional skill sets can be of enormous benefit to a sector that has limited funds for overhead spending, given funders’ eagerness to keep administrative costs to a minimum. That overhead—the strategic planning, leadership development, technology, finance, and marketing functions—is what enables organizations to thrive and scale effectively. Corporate and professional skills-based volunteering can play an effective and critical role in these precise areas, if done right.

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-Source: Newsletter, Nonprofit Quarterly, 15 May 2018

Submit a Nomination now for Canada’s Volunteer Awards!

Deadline: June 15, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards! It is a great opportunity to recognize the important work of volunteers and to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without them. The Department has developed and implemented a new online nomination system this year that now accepts file uploads for support letters!

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open. You are invited to:
  • Nominate an individual, a group, a not-for-profit organization or a socially responsible business to receive an award; and to
  • Promote the call for nominations to your stakeholders.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
  • One (1) national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award, for individuals who have volunteered for at least 20 years;
  • Five (5) regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30;
  • Five (5) regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • Five (5) regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility; and
  • Five (5) regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional awards) or $10,000 (national award).

Help highlight Canada’s volunteer culture! Nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit organization or business in your community today!

Nominate Now

-Source: Newsletter, Government of Canada, 23 April 2018

#simplegenerosity Volunteer Awards

Throughout 2018, we’re selecting 52 volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. That’s one person every week from regions throughout BC.

It’s easy to get involved. Nominate an inspiring volunteer and they could be eligible to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit or charity of their choice.

When completing your nomination form, tell us what makes your nominee great:
  • Where do they volunteer?
  • How long have they been volunteering?
  • How do they spread Simple Generosity in our community?
  • What makes them an exceptional volunteer?

Nominate a Volunteer today

-Source: Christina Pocock, Community Investment Coordinator, First West Credit Union, 23 April, 2018
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