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Over 300 communities across Ontario are served volunteer centres, which show people how they can get involved in their community. These local champions of volunteerism also provide nonprofit organizations with tools and strategies to help them engage with volunteers more effectively and they host workshops on volunteer management.
Many volunteer centres are independent, while others are part of another local community organization such as a United Way, or community information centre. The services offered by the various centres vary, so it’s best to check with them directly.
The non-profits that manage these centres are part of the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), which aims to strengthen centres in Ontario. Likewise, Volunteer Canada works in partnership with volunteer centres and provincial networks to strengthen volunteerism across Canada.
Achieve Ontario recognizes the skills volunteers have gained through volunteering by providing personalized certificates. It’s a great way for nonprofits to acknowledge and celebrate volunteers who have made a difference. If you want to issue certificates to your volunteers, you can become Achieve-Ontario-certified through a volunteer centre near you.
Nonprofits that provide volunteer centre services in Ontario are part of a provincial organization, called the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). The purpose of this network is to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, and to promote, support and enhance volunteerism. You can learn more about the OVCN here.
Volunteer Canada is a national organization that works in partnership with volunteer centres and provincial networks to strengthen volunteerism across Canada. They look at issues that affect volunteering nationally and provide resources that help organizations manage volunteers effectively.
Learn more about Volunteer Canada here.