As the national voice for volunteerism, Volunteer Canada leads the advancement of volunteerism in strengthening society and improving quality of life in Canada by recognizing volunteer involvement as essential to building healthy, quality communities.

Working with its members and partners in communities across Canada, Volunteer Canada develops and implements a wide range of research and public policy initiatives, as well as programs, which all relate to volunteerism and the voluntary sector.

For more than a decade, Volunteer Canada has been working with businesses of all sizes across the country to help them develop, improve and justify their employee volunteer programs.

In 2005, Volunteer Canada joined forces with 21 national corporations to form the Canadian Corporate Council on Volunteering—a peer to peer group of leaders who promote the value and impact of employee volunteer programs.

The Council has continued to evolve since its inception and is now focused on the development of this Centre for Excellence in Corporate Community Involvement.  The development framework for the Centre includes four pillars—Information, Curriculum, Research & Best Practices, and Consultation & Support.

The Centre for Excellence brings together the for-profit and nonprofit sectors on common ground for the first time in Canada.  Participants from both sectors will learn how to better communicate and work together in partnership by leaning about each other through the four pillars.

This social networking technology tool has been developed to facilitate this collaboration between sectors.  It allows corporations and nonprofits to have the ability to login in to an interactive website and connect to communities of common interest for discussion, learning, and sharing. The site also showcases the collected best practices of the members of the Corporate Council on Volunteering and will be the breeding ground for curriculum topics.

So take a look around…and become a member of this fast growing phenomona!