The City of Coquitlam’s Community Volunteer Support Hub is a new program providing workshops and resources for local not-for-profit organizations impacted by the pandemic, to enable them to continue providing value and services to the community.
Are you a non-profit looking for support? Here’s how you can connect with the Community Volunteer Support Program:
We are offering a number of workshops and webinars this fall. Check the Upcoming Workshops tab below for more information and to register for the following events:
Open to non-profits and community groups supporting Coquitlam residents, the Community Support and Recovery Plan Grant program is available in values up to $5,000 for revenue recovery, and up to $10,000 for pandemic response for adaption of existing programs or the development of new programs.
To learn more, visit coquitlam.ca/csrp . Register for upcoming webinars on how to apply for the grant under the Upcoming Workshops tab below, or subscribe to the Community Volunteer Support Hub email list at coquitlam.ca/notifyme.
Looking for ways to make a difference in your community? Check out the opportunities and organizations below, where you can find meaningful ways to give back and get involved.
Volunteers will set up and activate two to three social media tools (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for the participating community organizations. Volunteers will build content for these tools using pictures and writing to promote the purpose of the organization and their programs, events and services.
The goal is to get the word out about the organization using technology to engage followers and build new community connections. The pilot project will run until Dec 2021 with the opportunity for possible extension.
Minimum time requirement: 2hr/wk until December 2021
Why volunteer with the Social Media Project?
Volunteers will receive training and support in the areas of content development and usage, as well as on the business etiquette use of social media. By volunteering, they will also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while also have access to networking opportunities and a chance to meet new people. Participating volunteers will also receive a letter of recognition outline their role and responsibilities and confirming the number of hours volunteered.
To learn more about the Community Support Social Media Project or to sign up, please contact Chrissy Bennett at email@example.com.
Calling Non-profits: If you are an organization interested in participating and receiving support from a student volunteer, please contact the social media project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out these resources for more volunteer opportunities.
Community Volunteer Connections – Your local volunteer centre.
Volunteer Hub – Community Volunteer Connections provides a local directory of volunteer opportunities by topic.
Go Volunteer – Govolunteer.ca provides volunteers with a wide selection of opportunities that connects them directly with not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
Volunteer BC – Volunteer BC’s online volunteer posting and recruitment tool.
Volunteer Canada – Pan-Canadian platform matching volunteers with volunteer opportunities.
Working alongside other not-for-profit executive directors and board members, you will explore a new road map to not-for-profit leadership. It hinges on our unique advantage: as not-for-profits, we do not require more money to have more impact. We can hire the best, most talented people, and pay them with meaning.
Get ready for theory, tips, case studies and practical tools that will equip you to attract, meaningfully engage and align an abundance of talented people towards your mission.
Attendees leave with concrete ways they can begin to lead their organization towards abundance.
• Overcome scarcity thinking and the restrictions imposed by your current budget
• Discover a new road map to increase your mission delivery by engaging an abundance of talent
• Identify 2-3 concrete next steps to you can begin to implement right away
Join Kate Bake-Patterson from DLA Piper for a look at legal responsibilities in the non-profit field. In her work with charities and other not-for-profit organizations, Kate advises clients on a broad range of issues, including those relating to:
• incorporating and organizing not-for-profit entities;
• governance and other structural issues, including relationships with other organizations;
• obtaining and maintaining charitable registration with the Canada Revenue Agency;
• assisting donors with pledging and making gifts to charities, foundations with making grants to charitable organizations and charities with receiving and disbursing gifts; and
• commercial transactions, including obtaining governing funding and loans from other organizations.
About the Presenter: Kate Bake-Paterson practices in the area of corporate/commercial law with a particular emphasis on advising charities and not-for-profit organizations. She regularly assists both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with a wide variety of corporate and commercial issues, and has also developed specialized knowledge of the additional legal and business issues faced by charities and other not-for-profit organizations that go beyond those of for-profit companies.
Engage your board and align their work with organizational values and vision. A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision.
Workshop content includes:
• Five key board responsibilities
• The role of oversight
• Governance vs operations perspective
• Board development, recruitment and training
• Meeting management
• Committee structure and board tools
The Community Volunteer Hub program is provided through the City of Coquitlam’s COVID-19 Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP), which is supporting all sectors of the community impacted by the pandemic. Visit coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn more.