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Important GoVolunteer Transition Notification

Volunteer Burnaby team has been exploring various options for how we can improve Govolunteer.ca for you, our valued members! After careful consideration we have decided to partner with a platform called Volunteer Connector.

We are excited to bring this decision to you all, as Volunteer Connector has been designed for the sector by the sector. We love the original GoVolunteer – but as you know it isn’t as user friendly as we would like it to be and it’s getting a bit outdated. So, this transition will ensure you have the very best tool to recruit volunteers!

Here are the reasons we’re most excited about Volunteer Connector

  • You will have access to analytics for your posts to see which ones are receiving the most engagement
  • The site is user friendly both for organizations and for volunteers
  • Volunteer Connector was created and is run by a Canadian not-for-profit volunteer centre, Propellus, that understands both the not-for-profit and volunteer experience

Key Dates for you to know

We are working to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. You’ll have four weeks to transfer over to the new platform.

  • March 18-onwards: We’ll begin exporting all data from Govolunteer.ca to transfer over to Volunteer Connector including profile and volunteer postings. You’ll receive a notification when you can go into your new profile to look around and make any updates that you like.
  • Mid April: Launch of the new Govolunteer.ca landing page that links to Volunteer Connector (dates to be confirmed soon).

FAQ

We‘ve created an FAQ below to help cover key questions, but please to contact us if you have further questions or concerns. We’re happy to connect!

What will happen to Govolunteer.ca?

We will be adapting Govolunteer.ca into a landing page that has a portal to Volunteer Connector, so the volunteers who currently google “Govolunteer” or search “www.govolunteer.ca” will still be directed to your posts. This also allows us to maintain the web traffic of the one million page views we receive each year.

My organization is actively recruiting volunteers, how do I ensure my postings stay live?

If you are actively recruiting volunteers please keep using Govolunteer.ca as usual. Once you receive an email with instructions on how to transition, we encourage you to do this by early April. So, there will be period of time where your postings are duplicated on both sites. Once the switch to Volunteer Connector happens, volunteers will be directed to the postings on Volunteer Connector.

What will happen to my profile and volunteer postings?

We will be exporting all data including your profile information and volunteer postings from Govolunteer.ca. We will be sharing this with you and providing instructions on how to get set-up in Volunteer Connector.

What do volunteers need to know?

Volunteers can still go to Govolunteer.ca and they will get redirected to Volunteer Connector. They will also have the option to create an account on Volunteer Connector to keep track of their volunteer roles.

What will stay on Govolunteer.ca?

We will be creating a portal to Volunteer Connector and volunteerism resources.

Will this transition bring any additional costs?

No, there are no costs to you as a not-for-profit in this transition, posting volunteer positions on Volunteer Connector is free.
You can choose to purchase a volunteer management subscription for $10 a month within Volunteer Connector but it is completely optional, (there will be free trial option if you are curious to test it out). This option gives you some functionality to manage your volunteers through a scheduling tool within the platform.

Can I sign-up for Volunteer Connector without a membership?

Yes, for full transparency you can sign-up for Volunteer Connector without a Volunteer Burnaby membership. But we encourage you to stay on as a member to maximize your experience on the platform. Being a member as it’s the best way to get any BC specific updates, resources, and news related to Govolunteer.ca. Volunteer Burnaby will have access to analytics for the province and we’ll be able to give you tips on how to improve the reach and engagement of your posts. Your membership also supports Volunteer Burnaby’s ability to maintain Govolunteer.ca and direct BC volunteers to your postings. We get one million page views on Govolunteer.ca every year and have seen so many members connect with incredible volunteers. Volunteer Burnaby’s membership also is a great way to stay up to date on sector news, funding updates, and we provide opportunities for members to voice their priorities and concerns for BC’s not-for-profit sector.

Again, please reach out if you have any questions. We’re happy to support!

Volunteer BC News

NVW Photo Contest Launch

SEND US photos of volunteers and the strong contribution they make. This past year, many volunteer roles were postponed or canceled.

Don’t have any photos – send a screenshot of your virtual activity. Or a photo of a volunteer with a short caption on how they made a positive impact.  Let’s thank these individuals and celebrate volunteerism and work of community organizations like yours! We will highlight and post as many photos as we can on social media. 

CONTEST DETAILS & PHOTO ENTRY FORM

Contest Deadline: April 16, 2021
Questions? Email: info@volunteerbc.bc.ca

National Volunteer Week 2021 – April 18-24
The Theme – The Value of One, The Power of Many
, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose. Volunteers bring change and deserve more than ever to be recognized for their dedication to their community.

Celebrate – Head over to Volunteer Canada’s National Volunteer Week website to download your NVW Campaign Kit for tools, including: NVW Campaign Kit, Volunteer Recognition Best Practices.

Stories Wanted – How are you celebrating NVW and recognizing your community volunteers? Send us your story, along with a photo and we will highlight it in our newsletters and social media. Email: info@volunteerbc.bc.ca

Training Fund Opportunities

The Federation of Community Social Services of BC (FCSS) launched 2 training fund opportunities to address training needs and skill gaps identified in the Social Services Labour Market Research Project.  

Training Grants – Organizations may apply for Education Individual Grant (up to $1500) and the Organizational Training Grant (up to $10,000). The Organizational Training Grant has three different application windows—each devoted to a different topic theme.Training Workshops – A series of free or subsidized training workshops and seminars open to all community social service organizations in BC. An ongoing selection of workshops and seminars will take place between March 2021 and March 2022.

Speakers Wanted! 
Proposals are now being accepted until March 15 to be a presenter for the Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference  presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC on October 19 & 20. 

Charity Village

Charity Village Crowdfunding Tool
GoFundMe Charity is shutting down. Learn how to reduce the impact on your organization and fundraising goals with the CharityVillage Crowdfunding. The unique tools and platform offers features that nonprofits and charities need from their crowdfunding technology.


Volunteer Management Training

New to managing volunteers? Need a refresher? Check out the following VIRTUAL Volunteer Management Training:
Volunteer Burnaby – Volunteer Resources Administration Online Training
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives – April 20 (virtual) Effective Organizational Leadership for Pandemic Times presented by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives and Trinity Western  University. Participants will gain an understanding of actionable practices to help their leadership thrive, even in challenging times.

VMPC National Forum- (Virtual Event) May 19 – pre-forum(evening) May 20 – National Forum

Volunteer Burnaby Virtual YouTube Series @volunteerburnavy

The Volunteer Burnaby Virtual Series is a collection of online performances, webinars, and tutorials created by Burnaby’s volunteers! Tune into our YouTube channel every week for new and exclusive content here


If you are interested in joining the VB Virtual Series or any other volunteer opportunities and would like more information, please contact us.

Join us to build community through volunteering!
Community engagement starts here!

Volunteer Burnaby Virtual Volunteering – a message from Mayor Mike Hurley and City Council.

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