A Research Report
READ Saskatoon, a community-based volunteer literacy organization, like many literacy organizations in Canada, is experiencing significant challenges in recruiting and retaining tutor volunteers. The research project presented in this report was designed to contribute to READ Saskatoon’s ongoing efforts to build organizational learning capacity to meet literacy needs in Saskatoon. The objectives of this project were to identify 1) the factors affecting READ Saskatoon’s capacity to recruit and retain volunteer tutors; and 2) the factors affecting READ Saskatoon’s capacity to recruit and retain Aboriginal volunteers. In this paper, the authors discuss what motivates individuals to volunteer their time as literacy tutors and what relationships should be established, maintained or transformed in order to attract and retain literacy volunteers.
This page provides links to a collection of 15 publications, grouped under the following headings:
1. Recruiting Volunteers: "Volunteering: A Traditional Canadian Value" "Why People Volunteer" "Stronger Together" "Bridges to the Future" "Family Volunteering: The Ties That Bind" "Volunteering for Work Experience" "A Springboard to Tomorrow"
2. Fundraising: "Fundraising Ideas That Work for Grassroots Groups" "Face to Face" "How to Estimate the Economic Contribution of Volunteer Work" "Guide to Special Events Fund Raising"
3. Promotion: "Promoting Volunteerism" "Low-Cost Small-Scale Publishing" "Publicity!" "Volunteering in the Workplace"
An Introduction to Preparing Your Agency for Family Volunteers
Authors: Kristen Porrit
Volunteer Centres and Bureaux across Canada recruit and refer volunteers to a wide range of human service organizations in their communities. For the United Nations International Year of the Family in 1994, the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area decided to highlight the potential of families volunteering together. The Voluntary Action Program of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage regularly researches and reports on innovations in the recruitment of volunteers, and was happy to publish this report.
The report is intended to guide agencies through the process of involving family groups in programs and projects. We hope agencies that already use this excellent source of volunteers will also find useful suggestions to support their programs, and we encourage them to spread the word about family volunteering.
Organizations that have used family volunteers in their programs cannot say enough good things about what families bring to the agencies they work with and the people they support.
Authors: David Ross
It is sometimes useful for a voluntary organization to be able to calculate the value of volunteer time donated to it or to the voluntary sector as a whole. Such calculations can gain public good will by showing the hard dollar value of the voluntary sector's contribution to the community. They can also help potential contributors and funding agencies appreciate the cash value of the non- money resources contributed to a project by the local community. This booklet is designed to help voluntary organizations calculate the value of volunteer time in a community.
Bringing the Policy Dialogue Between Voluntary Organizations and the Federal Government
Authors: Carol Silcoff
This is a report on a pilot program initiated by the Capacity Joint Table of the Voluntary Sector Initiative, namely the Policy Internships and Fellowships (PIAF) Pilot Program. PIAF was launched in 2002, with funding provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and Health Canada, with the objectives of developing policy knowledge, experience and skills in both the voluntary sector and the federal government and enabling the voluntary sector to become a more viable partner in the development of public policy.
How You Can Publicize Volunteerism and National Volunteer Week In Your Community
Authors: Janet Lautenschlager
This guide has been developed to help smaller volunteer centres and other voluntary organizations use the media to publicize activities that promote volunteerism at the community level.
A Program development and evaluation tool for volunteer programs in Alberta
This document is the final product of the Alberta Literacy Program Standards (ALPS) Project.
ALPS was a project of the Association of Literacy Coordinators of Alberta, and was funded by the National Literacy Secretariat.
Phase 1 of the project resulted in a set of good practice statements for volunteer literacy programs in Alberta, followed by a set of standards for those programs. Both the good practice statements and standards were developed in consultation with the province's literacy coordinators, who voted 98% in favor of approving them for use in the province's literacy programs. The purpose of Phase Two was to develop an evaluation process for programs to use for program development and accountability.
As with previous steps, the evaluation process was developed in consultation with the province's literacy coordinators. ALPS was jointly coordinated by Sharon Skage and Marnie Schaetti.
There is growing concern about the labour force challenges facing the voluntary and non-profit sector. There are more signs that organizations are less and less able to recruit the talent they need in today’s tightening labour market and are also experiencing difficulty retaining employees. This study by the HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector takes a comprehensive look at paid employment in the sector in order to create the first-ever labour force strategy for the sector. The intent of this first report is to provide an introduction to the Labour Force Study and to provide a framework for understanding the sector’s labour force as well as the trends and demands that contribute to the sector’s labour force challenges.
This report has been organized into four sections:
- Section 1 defines and classifies the sector.
- Section 2 describes what is meant by a labour market.
- Section 3 outlines what is already known about paid employment in the sector.
- Section 4 looks at the labour market trends affecting the sector, the changing demands placed on organizations and emerging strategies to strengthen the sector and its labour force.
Authors: Lorraine Street
What can volunteering offer people who are looking for paid employment? That is the central theme of this article, which briefly outlines the connection between volunteering and employment.
In order to answer the question, this article explores the following issues: What is volunteer work? What are the benefits of volunteering? Why should people who are looking for a job consider doing volunteer work? How can volunteer centres and the agencies they serve work with people who volunteer primarily as a way of enhancing their chances of finding employment?
How to Promote Employee Volunteerism
Authors: Janet Lautenschlager
This guide is intended for volunteer centres and other voluntary organizations at the local level. It examines:
a) the advantages of promoting employee volunteerism in your community;
b) the reasons why companies get involved and the potential benefits to their employees;
c) various ways in which companies of all types can encourage volunteerism among their employees; and
d) the strategies that can be used to encourage employee volunteerism in your community and to attract employee volunteers to your organization.