Volunteer Centres work in local communities to strengthen volunteering and citizen engagement. With more than 200 in Canada, each volunteer centre’s name, size, structure and services reflect the unique characteristics of their community.
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Many volunteer centres are independent non-profit organizations, while others are part of a United Way, Social Planning Council, Community Information and Referral Centre or municipal services. Though diverse in many ways, they share the following common functions:
Build the capacity of organizations to engage volunteers
Facilitate connections between people with volunteer opportunities
Provide leadership on issues related to volunteering and citizen engagement
If you want to volunteer, your local volunteer centre is there to connect you to opportunities in your community. It may have a database of volunteer opportunities or can connect you directly to opportunities within its member organizations.
If you are an organization, your local volunteer centre may offer workshops on volunteer engagement, post your volunteer positions on its database or help you network with other volunteer-involving organizations.
There are many other activities that volunteer centres involve themselves in, including but not limited to employee volunteering project management; community service learning initiatives; volunteer resource management for various programs and initiatives; research; community leadership programs and public policy dialogues.
Canadian Volunteer Centre Network
Volunteer Canada works in partnership with the Canadian Volunteer Centre Network, which includes local volunteer centres and provincial associations of volunteer centres, to strengthen volunteering and citizen engagement. Beyond working in their own communities, volunteer centres recognize that they can have a greater impact as a larger network of more than 200 volunteer centres and provincial/territorial associations of volunteer centres. The Canadian Volunteer Centre Network strengthens volunteer centres, individually and collectively, to better promote volunteering, provide leadership on volunteer engagement and make connections in their own communities and across Canada. Establishing a common voice and building a cohesive knowledge base strengthens volunteering and increases the impact of volunteer centres locally, provincially and nationally.