As the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Community Involvement evolves, we will identify gaps and develop curriculum to help create common space between business and nonprofits in relation to employee volunteering. We will share existing programming from across the country and develop new programs as needed.

This is another space where you can share your expertise! Be sure to send us any information about current programming that would benefit members of this site.

Current Programming Available at Volunteer Canada:

Employee Volunteering Principles: A Hands On Network Approach

This workshop was developed to help organizations and programs engaging volunteers understand components of the Hands On Model and how these elements can permeate the approach to community building through service. It is intended to provide pointers and resources you can adapt to meet your local needs.

The content is organized into sections to help you understand the various elements of the Hands On

Community: By community, we mean a group of people who share a common place, experience, or interest. We often use this term for people who live in the same area: the same neighborhood, the same city or town, and even the same state or country.

Coordination: This chapter defines the project coordination element of the Hands On Model and presents ideas on how to develop volunteer programming. It will focus on how a Volunteer Centre can incorporate ideas of community into their business model.

Citizenship: This chapter defines the citizenship element of the Hands On Model and presents ideas on how to encourage it. It will focus on how a Volunteer Centre can incorporate ideas of citizenship and collectivism into their business model.

Collective Empowerment: Collective empowerment means leveraging the act of service so that individuals, agencies and communities are distinctly improved and empowered.

Topics Include:

  • Building Community Capacity
  • Coordinating Volunteer Programming
  • Encouraging Citizenship
  • Supporting Collective Empowerment

Employer-supported Volunteerism

This workshop is designed for companies that do not currently have an established Employer-supported Volunteer Program (ESV) and provides a quick and basic look at starting a program. This guide does not prescribe how your ESV should be structured. It does, however, provide guidance, best practices, and resources you can adapt to meet your local needs. In addition, your local volunteer centre can serve as a resource as you establish and enhance your ESV.

Topics Include:

  1. Building the Case for an Employer-supported Volunteer Program
  2. Why Start an Employer-supported Volunteer Program?
  3. Corporate Volunteerism in Action!
  4. Planning Employer-Supported Volunteer Programming
  5. Volunteer Recruitment, Retention & Recognition
  6. Program & Project Evaluation

Volunteers as Leaders

This workshop is designed to help your organization establish the business processes needed for a solid volunteer leadership program. It is meant to be a user-friendly resource, but it does not prescribe how your programs should be structured. It does, however, provide pointers and resources you can adapt to meet your local leadership needs.

The content is organized into action-oriented sections that can help you:

  • Develop your volunteer leadership program framework
  • Recruit volunteer leaders for your service opportunities
  • Equip the leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed
  • Support the leaders in their service efforts

Volunteer Project Development

This workshop was developed to help your organization establish the business processes needed for developing and managing volunteer projects. It is meant to be a user-friendly resource for developing partner relationships, planning and managing projects, and working with volunteers. It does not prescribe how your programs should be structured. It does, however, provide pointers and resources you can adapt to meet your local program needs.

Managing Large-scale Days of Service

This workshop introduces a Tool Kit guide change. It is a manual for planning a Day of Service in your community. The kit is simple to use and will help you to engage the community in service that will foster lasting change in the volunteers who participate and the recipients of the service. Like any other toolkit, you must take out the tools, learn how to use them, and apply them to the challenges at hand to make them work for you.