A Project in Two Literacy Volunteer Groups
Authors: Monique Ouellette
This is the report of a project, initiated by Literacy Partners of Quebec (LPQ), based on research that suggested that "many volunteer organizations are not always able to address the needs of their students and tutors." The project was undertaken with the assumption that a 50/50 management model could answer the needs of the volunteer literacy groups participating in the project as well as other literacy groups across Canada who encounter similar problems. A 50/50 balance means that fifty per cent of an organization's energy and resources will be directed towards recruitment and training of volunteers and towards recruitment and assessment of students, while the other fifty per cent will be directed towards support and retention of existing tutors and students.
Authors: Cathy Wright
This document shares with the reader the history of a unique New Brunswick multisectoral partnership, its accomplishments, challenges and learnings.
Policylink is a network of federal and provincial government departments, voluntary sectors, business groups, and academia. It grew out of community concerns that there were few opportunities for government and the voluntary sector to work together, particularly in the policy process.
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: Susanne Magyar-Chapiel
The VolunTeens: Researching Internship Paths for Literacy Organizations Project began in September 1999 and was completed one year later in the fall of 2000. The purpose of the project was to develop concrete tools to recruit, screen, retain and recognize youth volunteers and to develop a comprehensive volunteer management plan that literacy programs could use or adapt for themselves. As a result, Literacy Partners of Manitoba now has a solid infrastructure for youth volunteers to become involved its activities.
Literacy Tutors in a Correctional Centre
Authors: Darlene George
This Volunteer Handbook has been compiled to provide volunteers with information that will help them perform their duties as a Literacy Tutor or Computer Mentor in a Newfoundland Correctional Facility.
Volunteers are a necessary part of educational programs in prisons. Their friendship and skills will have a positive influence on inmates, to help offenders work toward their successful reintegration into the community. Volunteer tutors and mentors serve as facilitators, to help inmates make connections to literacy resources.
This manual includes useful information such as: "What to Consider before making a Commitment," "Volunteering in a Correctional Setting," and "Literacy Statistics."
Volunteer management is a key component of community-based literacy programs. There were 9,600 volunteers in Anglophone community-based literacy programs in Ontario in 1995-1996 (6,900 tutors, 2,700 other volunteers). These volunteers were managed by a total of 344 paid staff. Program leaders need the skills and tools to effectively manage volunteers in today's rapidly changing environment.
This research and resource document includes:
1. a list of volunteer management training opportunities in Ontario
2. a list of organizations involved in volunteer management
3. a list of volunteer management websites
4. recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Training on the volunteer management needs of literacy programs
5. Ontario Works resources for literacy programs
6. draft specialized quality standards for anglophone community-based literacy programs
7. results of the Volunteer Management Survey, and
8. a volunteer management bibliography.
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.
Authors: Janet Lautenschlager
The spirit of volunteerism in Canada is rooted in the traditions and values of the pioneers who built this country, and it is inspired by the concept of mutual help and co-operation that lies at the heart of Native societies.
This short history of volunteerism in Canada is intended to help increase public understanding of the size and diversity of voluntary action as a historic force in Canadian society. In recognizing the contributions of volunteers from a historical point of view, the authors hope that modern-day volunteering will become more visible and will achieve its full potential in years to come.
"Why People Volunteer" is an anecdotal study that takes a new look at volunteer motivation, satisfactions and dissatisfactions. It seeks to link findings from recent North American surveys about volunteerism with actual volunteer work experiences. It was an experiment of sorts, meant to increase understanding of what motivates people to volunteer and what keeps them coming back. The authors intended it to promote discussion, offer some new approaches to recruitment and management and perhaps point the way to further research.