Presentation on theme: "InformOntario Symposium June 20, 2014. VISION To create a dynamic online volunteering community that will motivate, inspire and celebrate volunteering."— Presentation transcript:
VISION To create a dynamic online volunteering community that will motivate, inspire and celebrate volunteering in Ontario.
Volunteer Gateway What is it? The Volunteer Gateway will be: A tool for prospective volunteers to find available volunteer positions in the province. An online library of resources for volunteers and volunteer management professionals. A way to showcase volunteering in Ontario and to engage the overflow of volunteer interest for the Pan/Para Pan Games (100,000 anticipated volunteers/20,000 volunteer positions)
Primary Objectives - MCI 1. Offer one-stop access volunteer matching services - enhancing volunteer experience and organizational impact. 2. Provide the private sector with opportunities to access corporate volunteer opportunities - strengthening the sector and corporate interest in supporting it. 3. Facilitate access to volunteer resource materials - building capacity by creating a one stop place to find much needed resources. 4. Connect Pan/Parapan American Games volunteers and overflow volunteer applicants with other volunteer opportunities - leveraging this enthusiasm and opportunity to the benefit of communities across Ontario.
Partnership Objectives 1. Foster coordination and collaboration within the not-for-profit sector and beyond for public benefit; 2. Build not-for-profit sector capacity; 3. Support new ways to reinvigorate Ontario's tradition of volunteering; 4. Leverage technology to breakdown silos, increase transparency and share information/resources; 5. Leverage and build upon existing not-for-profit sector strengths; 6. Building sustainable solutions within the not-for-profit sector.
Our Partners 5 of 7 - 211 Provincial Partners: Community Connection Community Information Centre of Ottawa Findhelp Information Services Information Niagara Lakehead Social Planning Council Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) Ontario 211 Services
Our Partners Sport4Ontario York University & Ryerson University Collège Boréal Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Others Pending
Our Collective Strength 211: network of 30 plus partners across Ontario & database of almost 60K human and social services OVCN: network of 8,400 organizations; 2,500 member agencies through 24 OVCN members Sport4Ontario: membership of 50 plus sport networks and organizations connecting to Ontario’s 6,500 plus sport groups OCASI: network of 230 organizations in Ontario reaching Ontario’s newcomers Collège Boréal: network of 43 satellite offices, engaging Ontario’s Francophone community
Who will do the work? Findhelp: Existing management team members to ensure we meet timelines. Part-time secondment from OVCN through Liz Dennis, Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington Part-time consultant from the volunteer sector - Lianne Picot Leadership from other partners on working groups including Ontario 211 Services and York University Others to be determined
Partnership Principles Commitment to: Leveraging existing skills in the sector and within our partner organizations. Utilizing this initiative to further enhance partner and sector skills. Partnership Agreement: A collaborative of partners with strong values and principles, that participants are pleased to be a part of. A process that focuses on the value and assets of the participating organizations based on open communication, mutual respect and productivity. Commitment to effective communication, mutual respect and productivity.
Why Now? One of the key recommendations of a recent pan-Canadian study on volunteering recommended that greater online engagement would help to improve the volunteer experience. “…fostering meaningful volunteer engagement in Canada today is not just a capacity issue, but also a strategic one that must evolve with the trends to meet the needs of both organizations and volunteers themselves.” (Bridging the Gap, Volunteer Canada, 2010)
Why Now? The next step in the development of collaborative partnership between 211 Centres and Volunteer Centres Has potential to expand upon a previous collaborative project: 211 and Volunteer Centre Services Report and Tool Kit Gateway grew from consultations between Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the volunteer sector
211 and Volunteer Centre Services Report and Tool Kit Report Highlights: online volunteer opportunity databases and a repository of information about volunteering would support volunteering in locations without volunteer centres Project partners agreed that: those interested in volunteering and organizations wanting to share information about volunteer opportunities should be provided with a pathway to do so
Findhelp & 211 Interest Leverages the skills and abilities of the sector and project partners: o Builds the technology capacity of the sector, leveraging Findhelp’s experience and capacity supporting provincial initiatives o Leverages the 211 provincial database of almost 60,000 programs and services o Showcases and leverages the experience of OVCN and it members (not intended to compete with this) Positive and proactive response to funder pressures to collaborate (integrate, merge, amalgamate) in order to achieve system “efficiencies” Aims to maximize the impact of the non-profit sector for the benefit of Ontarians, building our sector’s reputation as a solutions provider and building public benefit
OVCN Interest Two Pan-ParaPan Am Games and Legacy projects support core aspects of the work of the OVCN and Volunteer Centres o Recruiting and Retaining volunteers (Gateway) o Recognizing volunteers (PREB Ontario) Offers an unprecedented opportunity to profile volunteering in Ontario Leveraging Technology to provide support for volunteers, particularly in regions not supported by a Volunteer Centre Service Opportunity to demonstrate the value added by systems/capacity supporting organizations to the nonprofit sector.
Volunteer Gateway Project – Next Steps Engagement Activities: Blog to engage our stakeholders in the development of the Gateway Recruit Community Champions Content strategy that will showcase volunteering in a new way and market opportunities effectively Storytelling to share impact of volunteering