Posts Tagged: Volunteers

Coping After Natural Disasters – Care for your community with Psychological First Aid

Guest post by Owen Thompson, Alberta Museums Association Albertans are no strangers to natural disasters. We have been faced with the threat of wildfire, flood, avalanche, extreme storms, extreme heat, tornados, the list goes on. Yet, even within the framework of an experienced and professional infrastructure, the unprecedented flooding in summer of 2013 left a…

Syrian Refugee Resettlement: What does it mean for nonprofits and supporters?

Guest post by Paula Speevak from Volunteer Canada. Visit our Supporting Newcomers page for resources, tools, and referrals for organizations and individuals who want to help welcome Syrian refugees to Alberta. *** Le texte français suit *** Welcoming refugees to Canada has been called an “important part of Canada’s humanitarian tradition.” As Syrian refugees arrive…

Guest Blog: Time for Art

Interested in alternative ways to recruit volunteers? Learn more about Timeraiser in this guest blog post by Timeraiser Edmonton: Does art have value? We think it does – especially for nonprofits. Timeraiser uses art as a way of bringing together volunteers with organizations in need of people power. It’s a silent art auction with a…

Part I: Charity Village’s ‘20 Questions’ for the Nonprofit Sector

For their 20th anniversary, Charity Village has asked the nonprofit sector to share our collective wisdom through answering some of their ‘20 questions’. We love the idea, and decided to enlist some of our staff to help add to the growing wealth of answers! Check back later this week for more. Visit Charity Village’s website…

The Greatest Roller-Coaster – Volunteerism

Being dedicated to changing the world is like riding a roller-coaster of emotions. Sometimes it’s the kiddie-coaster in a mall parking lot, other times it is the biggest, fastest, most flashy roller-coaster in the world. For me, I choose to ride the change-the-world-roller-coaster by volunteering my time, talent and energy. My entire life I’ve been…

Recognize your Volunteers: Enter to Win!

National Volunteer Week is quickly approaching, and it’s all about volunteer recognition! National Volunteer Week runs April 12-18, 2015 and is a wonderful celebration of the AMAZING volunteers we have in Canada.  After all, here in Alberta more than 50% of Albertans volunteer their time and skills to nonprofit organizations in their communities! So, during…

Volunteer Recognition: Good & Cheap

In order for volunteer-run nonprofit organizations to be sustainable they often need to retain volunteers. The most important retention strategy (aside from safe working conditions) is volunteer recognition. Over the past few years the sector has begun to really stress the importance of volunteer recognition; not only because it’s the right thing to do, but…

The Art of Volunteering

In November, I will become the proud new owner of the beautiful painting ‘Slow’ by Alberta artist Marcia Harris, all because I volunteered for 100 hrs this year! Let me explain. In November 2013, I attended the 5th annual Edmonton Timeraiser, an innovative event with a unique approach to volunteer recruitment. Timeraiser is a volunteer…

Guest Blog: Volunteers as Staff: Where Labels and Titles Collide

In 2010 alone, 47% of Canadians volunteered 2 billion hours, the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time work positions. Volunteers, who freely offer their services, have become an essential component of our communities and the modern workforce. In the nonprofit sector, we know all too well the benefit volunteers bring to our organizations. For many of…

Nonprofit Experiences: It’s Personal

Our experiences with nonprofits are varied: we may work or volunteer in the sector, or donate to our favourite organizations. Some of us find a sense of community through cultural and religious expression, or enjoy sports, arts, and entertainment through the sector. Our education is often provided by the sector. Perhaps most importantly, the sector…