WEEKLY UPDATE - May 17, 2013
The ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteering Challenge is finishing its 4-week, Ontario-wide run, and has been an exciting way to capture the stories and experiences of youth making a difference in our community and across the province. We’re also proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Charity Republic and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) to pilot the Volunteer Hour website, where students can track and verify their community involvement hours during this campaign and throughout the year! [Press Release]
Youth Volunteer Recognition - All organizations interested in acknowledging their youth volunteers can still submit names of youth volunteers to our centre for recognition opportunities till Friday, May 24, 2013 by simply emailing Dianne a list of youth names and schools if possible.
Save the date for the Volunteer Action Centre Annual General Meeting! Join us on June 25, 2013 for our AGM. More details to come
Volunteer Managers' Network: Notes from our last meeting are available here. For more information, view this one pager from the City of Waterloo and current AODA Requirements. To register for the VMN, please contact Dianne.
Date: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Place: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
(Career Centre on Lodge Street in Waterloo - To Be Confirmed)
Time: 11:30 – 1:30
The Waterloo Wellington Learning Alliance is a training and education partnership of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area, and United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries - Volunteer Cambridge for community benefit organizations in the Region of Waterloo and Wellington County.
Creating a Community of Delighted Donors: May 29, 2013. When one charity treats its donors well, it reflects positively on all charitable organizations. We all have experiences and informed hunches that contribute to having “delighted donors.” This workshop, facilitated by Anne MacKay, is focused on recognizing the signs of delighted donors; actions that we can take to build delight in our giving communities; involving our donors more deeply; using your skills as fundraisers to build Delighted Communities of Giving. May 29. 2013; 9am-12pm; John M. Harper Branch Library, 500 Fischer-Hallman Road North, Waterloo; $49 per person.
The PAVRO LIVE Conference is taking place May 29-31 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation is Mississauga. The conference centres around individual professional development in volunteer engagement, and includes opportunities for networking, discussing hot topics, and celebrating the profession. For more information and to register, visit the website.
Conestoga College Board or Project Management one-day workshop: open to anyone interested (may also count towards the Volunteer Management Certificate).
VOLM1160: Volunteer Management: Understanding Project Management.
Voluntary organizations often undertake projects related to fundraising, marketing, volunteer recognition and program delivery. This workshop will enable students to identify the basic principles, best practices and resources needed for effective project planning and delivery.
Date: Saturday, June 8. Instructor: Ian Adare
For more information, contact Reva at email@example.com / 519-894-0151, or register online.
Early bird pricing for the MAVA-CAVR National Conference is now available. Join the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources in Winnipeg from June 9-11. For more information, check out their website.
Special Offer! Communicate & Howe is offering a $15 discount to Weekly Updates subscribers for their upcoming Inspire! Social Media conference on June 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Eventbrite page.
SECTOR NEWS & PUBLICATIONS
Capacity Builders' Collaboration Coach. Ontario Community Support Association.
Designed to help not-for-profit boards, staff and volunteers build and nurture effective collaborations, this website offers visitors an opportunity to access practical tools, find answers to common questions, and read stories about the collaboration experiences of others through six areas:
· Understanding Collaboration
· Investing in Collaboration
· Building Effective Relationships
· Creating Shared Governance
· Setting and Monitoring Direction
. Getting the Work Done
An Overview of Provincially Mandated Police Records Checks: A Resource for Ontario's Not-For-Profit Sector.
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. (Free PDF download.)
Developed by the Ministries of Community Safety and Correctional Services in consultation with Ontario Nonprofit Network
Building the Bridge for Volunteer Engagement. Volunteer Canada, January 2013. (PDF)
This report summarizes the Canadian voluntary sector's perspective on trends and issues identified in Bridging the Gap (2010.)
Side By Side
, a visual art collection sponsored by Planned Lifetime Networks
, will be at Cafe Pyrus between May 1-21. Proceeds from the art sale will go to building friendship networks for local people who are socially isolated. For more information, contact Wendy at 519-404-2450.
CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area
is pleased to be teaming up with the Walper Hotel
to exhibit eight provocative art installations throughout the hotel. The CAFK+A At The Walper
exhibition opened on Thursday, May 2 and will run through August 11, 2013.
The Downtown Kitchener BIA presents the "Style and the City" fashion show on Wednesday, May 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda.
Kick up your heels at the Boots & Bolo Barn Dance in support of rare Charitable Research Reserve on Friday, May 24. The evening will feature a delicious dinner, line dancing, and a live auction in their restored 1840s barn/ECO Centre at 768 Blair Road in Cambridge. For more information and tickets, visit the rare website.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is proud to present The Diabetes Research Forum on Thursday May 30 at 139 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but they ask that you preregister. For more information contact 519-742-1481 ext 223.
The tri-Pride Community Association Inc. is proud to present the tri-Pride Live Music Festival, which takes place June 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will span several blocks along King Street to Kitchener Civic Square, and features three live music stages, as well as a variety of activities. For more information, visit the website.
Planned Lifetime Networks is hosting their 8th Annual Sponsored Amble Fundraiser, a walk and lunch in Waterloo Park, on Saturday June 6. The event helps to raise funds to help families develop social networks for members with disabilities. For more information, visit the website.
United Way KW & Area Day of Caring 2013 applications are now available! If you have a volunteer project for a team of 5-20 that could bedone on June 12 of this year, connect with firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out their online application form today!
COMMUNITY AWARDS & FUNDING
Applications for the 2013 Donner Awards, which recognize Canada's top non-profit social service agencies, are now open. Visit their website to learn more, and apply by Friday, May 31. Recipients and finalists are honoured in the fall, and profiled in the annual Non-Profit Performance Report. Contact Melissa at 1-877-714-4531 for more details.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration is accepting nominations for the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship until July 17. Ontario Medals are presented at Queen's Park to citizens of Ontario who have demonstrated good citizenship. For more information, call 1-877-832-8622.
Volunteer Today. Influence Tomorrow. When children have a positive adult role model, it opens the door to opportunities. They're more engaged in school, have better relationships, and are more connected to their community. The Volunteer Today campaign encourages adults to volunteer in the lives of children and was launched in May 2013 as a recommendation of the report From One System to Another: Crossover Children in Waterloo Region (WRCPC, 2011). Visit the Volunteer Action Centre to discover volunteer opportunities, or contact Anthony at the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council by phone at 519-575-4757 ext. 5020 to learn more about the Volunteer Today campaign.
Conestoga College's new Public Service - Post Grad is a post graduate co-op program allowing for the students to end their program with a 4 month co-op with an option to stay longer. Our students are prepared with the following; ability to develop and analyze policy and procedures, perform research in regards to legislation and regulations to guide decision-making processes and action, and participate in succession planning and human resource activities. If you're a volunteer manager looking for a skilled volunteer or paid intern to assist with a project or policy development, contact the Public Service team! We are also seeking capstone projects for our program. Please contact Tina at (519) 748-5220 ext. 2587.