What do you think is unique about your community and/or situation as compared to others?
How is your organization adapting to (or coping with) it?
Campbell River was/is a natural resource industry. In 2009 a large employer (mill) closed. Finding fathers/ working population is going out of town for other work. People have less time.
Many people are retiring in Campbell River, and are looking to get involved, volunteer, meet people.
I don’t know if it’s unique to Cranbrook, but I notice that our volunteers are getting older. There are a lot of seniors in the community. Main concerns of seniors are: aging in place, low income barriers. Have a new phone check in system for volunteers to reach out to seniors. . Cranbrook has a very small town atmosphere and will band together to address specific community issues.
Over the last 10 years, the volunteers are also aging. Not sure that the younger generations see the value or have the time in volunteering. We have a shopping program where volunteers help seniors shop – but there isn’t much difference in age now [between volunteers and seniors requesting help]. The struggle is getting younger volunteers involved and able to connect. We’ve worked hard to educate the younger generation about the benefits of volunteering. We’ve worked with the college – international students will come in order to gain experience.
Prince George as a Volunteer City. According to the report on Giving, Volunteering and Participating in British Columbia we had the highest volunteer rate of 6 cities examined. 62% of the population volunteered (compared to 45% in BC and 45% across Canada). This was useful information when it came time for the city to look at its rebrand.
We are utilizing this finding for encouraging and promoting partnerships. Canada Winter Games has been a boon to us as well.
People aging, there is a higher need for seniors programs/services. Large diversity in Richmond with clear defined boundaries of services/clients.
Programs for seniors. Travel can be a challenge.
The second part of the question is where we have been focused. We’ve adapted to trend that are consistent across the country and the province. We operate in an urban setting … or pool of talent looks quite different than it does in smaller communities. Like, a lot of organizations we are engaging volunteers in virtual way. E.g. recently worked with a volunteer from Georgia on a book editing project. We talk about how to craft positions to engage people from where they are and to connect with professional around the province and around the world.
Relationship with your community, funders, non-profit and government.
What is unique about your community / situation?
What do you hope to gain from participating in a regional, provincial or national non-profit network?
Have your fundraising strategy changed?
Have the demographics of your community changed, how are changes reflected in your services?
Does your community has a community foundation?
What is your organization’s relationship with local aboriginal or first nation’s organizations?