Volunteers can be an important aspect of your program. Every community has its own volunteer networks — it's all a matter of knowing where to find them!
Tap into Your Volunteer Resources
A good starting place in your search is to contact your local secondary school as students are always looking for ways to fulfill their required hours of community service.
College and university students are another rich resource pool since many post-secondary programs include work terms, internships or co-op placements. Some students are simply keen to gain practical experience in the field. Offering them an opportunity to be part of developing or implementing a physical activity program can provide a unique learning experience that complements their academic studies.
Students pursuing social work, kinesiology, physical education, psychology or health promotion programs at the college and university levels would typically be motivated to volunteer for this type of initiative.
Resources to get you started on recruiting and retaining volunteers.
- Quickguides: Volunteers
Links to a wide range of resources about volunteers on Charity Village site and around the world.
- Volunteer Recruitment, Relations and Management
- Corporate Partnerships: How We Need to Tap into This Rich Resource
- Volunteer Management Resource Centre
Resources, tools, and networking opportunities for volunteer management professionals.
- Finding Volunteers
- Nonprofit Library Commons
The Nonprofit Library Commons is the largest collection of Canadian nonprofit literature in the world, with 80% of the collection available free online. Visit the library for research, promising practices and tools on philanthropy, grant making, voluntary action, corporate citizenship and nonprofit management, among other topics.
- Volunteer Management Resources
Looking for help and/or capacity building resources in the area of volunteer management? The Nonprofit Library Commons includes general works in print and electronic formats on a variety of volunteer management topics, including volunteer recruitment and selection, including screening and interviewing; job design, volunteer training and supervision; motivation, retention and recognition of volunteers; rating and evaluation of volunteer contibution; planning and program management. Plus, materials on special topics such as employer-supported volunteerism, virtual volunteering, motivations, barriers and burn-out, paid staff-volunteer relations, dealing with problem volunteers, children and youth volunteers, older volunteers, women volunteers, volunteers with disabilities, minority and ethno-cultural volunteers, and more!
- Employee Volunteering Toolkit
Business Support for Employee Volunteers in Canada is a toolkit that nonprofit organizations can use to present a workshop that informs and encourages partnerships between local businesses and nonprofits.
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Attracting volunteers is only one part of the equation. Retaining volunteers and keeping them engaged is equally as important. Visit the Ministry of Citizenship's website for useful suggestions and tips on how to recognize and honour the contributions made by volunteers to your program.
Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin
The Voluntary Gateway is a portal that makes it easier to locate information and resources, as well as facilitate collaboration to strengthen communities and social enterprise. The portal enables connections – to people, programs, organizations and new ideas. It is a platform from which users may share assets, dialogue and research - a tool for improved communication.
- Ontario Volunteer Centres
Volunteer Centres are non-profit organizations or groups dedicated to fostering and developing volunteerism in the community.
- Volunteer Management Resources
Includes the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, a guide to volunteer management resources, Volunteer Involvement 101, and more.