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  • Volunteer support and coordination
  • A variety of volunteer opportunities
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Support of Volunteers

As volunteers are the partners and masters of a volunteer centre, it is important to repeat that they are characterized by their complete freedom: freedom of choice of their field of action, freedom as to the length of their commitment, freedom to share their experiences and skills, and freedom in the clientele to assist and serve. With this perception, one can understand the full meaning of the voluntary commitment through the mission of a centre.

The services offered to volunteers include:

  • Screening
  • Meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • Training
  • Direction toward the services offered by the centre or toward local agencies
  • Follow-up of their work

A volunteer application form has been created and is currently being used to register all volunteers for the CABMN. As of March 31, 2021, there were 224 volunteers officially registered.

The long term goal will be to provide ongoing training and support to volunteers. Goals established by the CABMN Board of Directors include:

-Improve the website to increase volunteer involvement,

-Better recognize the role and contribution of the volunteers, committees and chairpersons,

-Increase visibility.

With the creation of a volunteer data base, we have been able to provide support to internal and external organizations seeking volunteers.

Follow up with volunteers includes:

-Touch-base phone calls

-Feedback

-Statistics

-Recognition

2021 Activity Report 

International Day of the Volunteer

December 5, 2020, on the occasion of the International Day of the Volunteer, the CABMN celebrated the invaluable contribution our volunteers made to our organization  from a distance due to the restrictions put upon us by the Covid-19 Pandemic and an in person celebration not being possible.  The CABMN Twelve days of giveaways was held from December 1 to December 12.  The names of all of our volunteers were put in a pot and chosen at random each of the twelve days for a prize that we had up for grabs.  The winners of the prizes were posted on the CABMN website each day. The CABMN team presented the fifth annual Karen Muzerall Memorial Award for volunteering in the betterment of our community to three recipients: Michel Chevrier, Francine Hemmings and David Stirling. 

Michel Chevrier

Francine Hemmings

 

David Stirling

 

Support to Organizations

Support is given to organizations in a community perspective. Any step taken leaves the targeted groups full responsibility and leadership over their future. This support may be professional (leadership, consultation, training, volunteer referrals, etc.) or technical (photocopy, secretarial services, etc.).

Support to organizations is aimed at:

  • Analyzing the organizations’ needs
  • Organizing and coordinating responses to these needs
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Training volunteers (administrators and others)

Organizations can now submit requests for volunteers. Their needs are now being sorted and organized following a standardized job description. This allows us to have a clear picture and to better match volunteers to the volunteer request. In 2018, an agreement was created for organizations to sign when they make a request for help soliciting volunteers As the volunteer coordination at the CAB grows, we are on a mission to expand our volunteer base to better represent all of the communities we serve, and to involve more people in the joys and benefits of volunteering.

 

Hats off to our some 226 registered volunteers who helped with the following tasks and events for the CABMN and others: 

 

For the CABMN:

At the CABMN head office, these include: food bank inventory, reception, proofreading, clerical work, translation, tutoring, computer support, general cleaning and maintenance of the office, including caring for plants.

Elsewhere, volunteers have assembled and delivered Christmas baskets, organized and worked at CABMN Halloween haunted houses, jewellery sales, pancake breakfasts, Winterfests, Ken Jones Centre and other events. 

 

For Others:

As well, volunteers have worked in and for libraries and schools, provided information at kiosks, walked dogs, helped at a farm-animal sanctuary, carried out grounds maintenance, monitored events and races, participated in festivals, assisted municipalities and cemeteries, and helped other non-profit organizations.

For further information about volunteering, either directly for CABMN or for others, consult Volunteer Opportunities at <cabmn.org> for positions currently requiring volunteers.