Volunteer Centres: Investing in People
The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is the provincial network strengthening the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario to promote, support, and enhance volunteerism.
Volunteers across Ontario continue to step up in the face of COVID-19. A...
Every day in every way, volunteers in our communities answered the call to action.
Delivering food, supporting vaccination clinics, help phones, virtual programming, board leadership and more.
How do volunteers find out how to volunteer in their community? Through Volunteer Centres.
As 2017 has come to a close and 2018 is upon us, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on our many successes in the last year:
- Social Media
Because of extended staffing capabilities we were able to add a new platform (Instagram). Since starting it in May of 2017, we have made 170 posts, gained 135 followers, received over 3,500 likes and made over 8,000 impressions on unique users.
We also became more active on Facebook and Twitter by trying to post...
A year and a half ago, this simple yet powerful phrase became a huge part of who we, as the OVCN, are. Stronger Together. A couple weeks ago, we were shown just how true that phrase is. At our annual provincial conference, we were able to see the strength of being together. We had a session on different fundraising tactics among some of our Volunteer Centres. In that small session alone, engaging conversation abounded. As you looked around the room, most were...
In 17 days, we will be at our annual conference. I may be a little biased, but this year is going to be something special. Our theme “Together We Can Achieve” is based around our value in learning from one another. We are excited about many particular sessions that will enable us to learn from each other and other professionals.
We will be having a session completely devoted to sharing fundraising initiatives between Volunteer Centres. This will not only create a...
Social media has become a force to be reckoned with and can make the difference between a company/organization being known, being unknown, or being known as irrelevant. The term irrelevant is used to explain when a person, thing, place, idea, or trend has lost its influence, or never had any.
Talk to most people and it becomes obvious that our youth know social media the best. They also happen to be a very difficult, yet important, group to reach. Social media is one of the most effective...
If you follow us on our social media platforms, you have seen this hashtag on many posts. (If you don’t follow us, why not follow us: @ovcnetwork.) This hashtag is usually attached to a well-known inspirational leader. Each leader is unique. There were business leaders, political leaders, social activists, of different ages, countries, ethnicities, and gender. The thing that they all had in common was that they believed in the importance of their dreams and ambitions....
“When I was in grade 8, I began volunteering. I started by volunteering with children day camps in the summer and as I got older, I began to work with jr. high students, and eventually high-school students. Volunteering at a young age opened me up to see more of the world around me. It taught me empathy, leadership, initiative, and respect. Volunteering helped shape me into the person I am. I will never regret the time I spent volunteering, in fact sometimes I wish I did more.”...
The Blog is back!
We have changed a lot since our last blog post. We hosted a successful provincial conference last summer and are gearing up for another exciting chance to bring Volunteer Centres together this October. Our PREB-Ontario program has become Achieve Ontario with some rebranding efforts. We are now using the slogan “Believe it. Achieve it.”. This slogan has a lot more meaning and power and we are excited to talk more about that in an upcoming post.
We have 2 new...