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Volunteers Needed: Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Students

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Volunteer Central is excited to be spearheading a new skill-sharing volunteer program which connects professionals, entrepreneurs, and students with local nonprofits. Community organizations have great information, connections to the community, and a great depth of focus in specific areas. Their staff have a breadth of education, experience, and expertise in dealing with complex social problems.

Many local nonprofits are looking for volunteers to make an even greater impact on the communities they serve. Skill-sharing builds stronger communities and strengthens organizational sustainability when skilled volunteers are able to volunteer their expertise to an organization that may otherwise not have access to.

An organization can only survive if it develops and grows over time.  The only way these organizations can get there is by having access to the necessary skills and knowledge, which may be a  barrier to a nonprofit.  Skilled volunteers can support our local nonprofits in becoming more efficient and effective in delivering impact in our community. The average nonprofit spends just 2% of its organizational budget on overhead, compared with the average business that spends 20% (1).

A strong business case can be made for skills-based volunteering programs, too. Skills-sharing volunteering programs have been shown to increase employee engagement and retention, while also measurably enhancing the skills and talents that employees bring back to their desks (2).  Providing time for employees to volunteer cultivates enhanced or additional skills developmentAnd, 68% of Canadians say, given the choice between two jobs, they would choose the one at the company with the stronger volunteering culture. (2017 Volunteer Canada/ Ipsos Public Affairs). Giving back to the community is a positive way to create awareness of your business brand, too. 

We know it’s been tough out there, and many individuals have are looking for work.  If you’re looking to take a fresh path into the workforce, consider volunteering your time first. Skill-sharing is a great way to keep your skills relevant, and gain experience in new or developing skills. Skill-sharing also helps in developing your professional network, and gives a boost to your resume. Experience is valuable and is often a key characteristic of what employers look for in a valuable candidate. While demonstrating skills and gaining unique experiences is one thing, caring for the community with a willingness to learn new things in your own personal time, can be attractive attributes to a prospective employer.

We are looking for professionals, entrepreneurs, students with special skill sets to volunteer:
  • teaching Zoom and/other communication platforms to community board of directors who want to learn how to use these platforms for their board meetings and AGMs
  • assisting non-profit organizations and community service organizations with fundraising, event planning
  • assisting non-profit organizations and community service organizations with marketing, content creation, social media

If you are interested in applying as an individual, business, or nonprofit, visit: https://www.volunteercentral.ca/corporate-programs/skill-sharing-volunteer-program/

 

 

2 Giving in Numbers 2016, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, 2016.

Volunteer Central strives to build a strong, connected and engaged community through volunteerism.

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Former student lovingly remembered by classmates

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

A former Father Henri Voisin School student, Julie Burke, was lovingly remembered today through an outdoor blessing and dedication ceremony.

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench was unveiled to the Father Henri Voisin School community and blessed by Father Jan. Julie’s family, division senior administration and Grade 5 student leaders were in attendance in a socially distanced manner.

The memorial bench will be a friendship bench for students.

Julie’s former Grade 4 teacher, Jessica Maloughney, fondly remembers Julie as a girl who was full of kindness and bravery, despite her illness, and says that the bench will, “be a symbol of Julie’s love and bravery. Even though Julianna is no longer here with us, she lives on in all of our hearts. When a student is brave enough to sit on the bench, waiting for a friend – Julie will be there with them. When one of you sees someone sitting on this bench, and invites them to play – Julie will be with you too.”

Father Henri Voisin School Principal, Jeff Tuchscherer, added, “we feel extremely blessed and privileged to have been provided this bench by the Burke family. It will honour Julie’s memory and provide a powerful reminder of the value of friendship, as well as the importance of bravery. Present and future students will vastly benefit from this legacy of a child that lived her life with steadfast love in her heart for all.”

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench faces the school playground and will serve as a reminder to all the students at Father Henri Voisin School that nothing is more important than friendship and kindness, just like Julie believed.

Father Henri Voisin School serves over 385 Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, Father Henri Voisin School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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Alberta RCMP investigating after far-right groups confront anti-racism rally-goers

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RED DEER, Alta. — RCMP in Alberta say they are investigating after an anti-racism rally in Red Deer turned violent on the weekend.

News footage from CityTV Edmonton shows counter-protesters shoving demonstrators who had gathered to denounce racism, but no RCMP officers are seen intervening.

Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu says violence and threats of violence are unacceptable and he has urged the RCMP’s commanding officer in Alberta to get to the bottom of what happened.

Madu says the Mounties have told him they weren’t there for the initial confrontation because protest organizers changed the location of the rally at the last minute.

Kisha Daniels, a co-founder of Black and Indigenous Alliance AB says the RCMP was well-aware of the location change, which was made in response to threats from white supremacist groups.

Daniels says she had been planning to speak at the rally about education and anti-blackness, but the event was interrupted by Yellow Vesters, Soldiers of Odin and other groups honking their horns, blaring sirens and yelling.

She calls what happened traumatizing and says so far the RCMP has not reached out, even though she has footage and other information to contribute to any investigation.

RCMP said in a news release Monday that there was a disturbance as the anti-racism groups were setting up the rally on Sunday.

“Red Deer RCMP were aware of the planned demonstration and had prepared to have adequate resources and specially equipped officers at the event to handle any potential risks to public safety,” the news release said.

“After arriving on scene, members became aware of the alleged assault, were able to de-escalate the situation between the two groups, and spoke with the victim.”

The RCMP said a “second incident,” which they did not explain in the news release, was brought to their attention a day later and they are asking any witnesses to come forward.

“The Red Deer RCMP take this matter very seriously,” Supt. Gerald Grobmeier said in a statement.

“The role of the RCMP at demonstrations is to keep the peace and allow individuals their democratic right to gather. The matter remains under investigation.”

By Lauren Krugel in Calgary

This report by The Canadian Press was first published September 22, 2020.

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