#WeAdvocate: Charities on the Hill / Organismes de bienfaisance sur la Colline
On October 17, 2017, members of Canada’s national non-profits and charities descended on the hill for the annual Charities on the Hill day of advocacy. The day allowed sector leaders to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss important sector issues such as legislation affecting registered charities and the limitations for social enterprise.
What defines a volunteer centre? / Qu’est-ce qui définit un centre d’action bénévole?
What’s in a name? That which we call a volunteer centre by any other name would smell as sweet.
It used to be that a volunteer centre was defined by its name; if you were a volunteer centre, you called yourself such. It wasn’t always consistent, but the word “volunteer” usually appeared. There are, however, organizations that perform the functions of a volunteer centre and are called something completely different – Community Link, Resource Centre, Community Services, etc.
Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement & Code Audit Tool
Volunteer Canada created the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) in 2001 to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI details standards of practice for engaging and managing volunteers effectively, and organizations are encouraged to adopt the standards at all levels. To assist in the adoption process, Volunteer Canada developed the Code Audit Tool, which allows organizations to assess and analyze the way they involve volunteers, and helps them identify areas for further development.
National Dialogue on Screening Volunteers / Dialogue national sur le filtrage des bénévoles
On June 2, 2017, Deloitte and Volunteer Canada co-hosted the National Round Table on Screening Volunteers. Twenty leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors gathered to consider models to improve screening people interested in working in positions of trust with vulnerable people, including children, youth, people with disabilities, frail elderly, and those experiencing temporary or chronic debilitating illness.