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We have gathered some key resources that shed light on the different ways the nonprofit sector, volunteerism, and civic engagement support our society. We continue to monitor social trends, explore statistical information, and gather inspiring resources that support you in your day-to-day work.

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Virtual Volunteer Screening & Engagement Guidebook

Ever wonder what other organizations are doing to move their volunteer programs online or remote? In recent years, Volunteer Alberta has observed and learned from organizations in Alberta about good practices in virtual volunteer screening and engagement. This new guidebook is a collection of good and emerging practices we’ve seen and heard about from all of you! It is meant to be a resource for organizations beginning, continuing, or enhancing their virtual volunteering activities.

This guidebook:

  • Builds and expands upon Volunteer Canada’s 10 Steps to Screening from a virtual perspective
  • Includes information and resources about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in volunteer screening throughout
  • Provides scalable suggestions and recommendations to fit your organization’s unique screening and engagement needs

After all, we know that one-size-fits-all screening practices do not exist! So, we encourage you to read through this resource and find strategies and practices that fit your organization and your communities’ needs.

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Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.

Let’s face it – effective volunteer screening practices are the most important part of volunteer engagement work. It is vital to the success of your organization, and its mission, to find the best people for your volunteer roles. Implementing an effective screening and engagement process is a daunting task. This presentation provides an overview of the screening process and will help you learn about screening from a variety of different perspectives.

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Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.

Let’s face it – effective volunteer screening practices are the most important part of volunteer engagement work. It is vital to the success of your organization, and its mission, to find the best people for your volunteer roles. Implementing an effective screening and engagement process is a daunting task. This webinar provides an overview of the screening process and will help you learn about screening from a variety of different perspectives.

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Volunteer Position Description, Risk and Policy Considerations: Template, Discussion, Example

This template supports volunteer position descriptions to include risk assessments and policy considerations. Includes a blank template, discussion and example of Head Coach for a Sports Organization

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Rules of Thumb: Volunteering During Covid-19

This tipsheet highlights Volunteer Alberta’s rules of thumb for safely volunteering during Covid-19

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Facilitation Tips

Having a good facilitator is key to conducting focus groups for evaluation and feedback on your volunteer program or screening processes. Becoming a good facilitator takes training and practice. Use these tips to learn basic, introductory facilitation tips and ‘moves.’

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Skilled Volunteers: Thinking and Acting Differently Worksheet

Brainstorm ways to think and act differently. This template will help you be intentional while planning new volunteer positions, or engaging skilled volunteers.

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Virtual Volunteer Position Descriptions and Police Information Checks: Is a PIC/VSC the Only Way?

A template to help you consider whether a virtual or remote volunteer position requires a police information check or vulnerable sector check, with examples of Friendly Caller/Visitor, Online ESL Conversation Facilitator, Social Media Coordinator.

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Virtual Volunteer Position Description, Risk and Policy Considerations: Template, Discussion, Examples

This template supports virtual volunteer position descriptions to include risk assessments and policy considerations. Aligning the various responsibilities of virtual volunteer positions with potential risks and related policies can inform screening processes and the development and/or refinement of policies. Includes a blank template, discussion, and three examples: Friendly Caller/Visitor, Online ESL Conversation Facilitator, and Social Media Coordinator.

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Virtual Volunteer Risk Assessment Matrix

Using the Virtual Volunteer Risk Assessment Matrix, you can determine the level of risk for program participants and virtual volunteers, and the necessary level of screening for your volunteer positions according to multiple categories. Your organization can use these levels of risk to develop screening policies and procedures.