Volunteer Prince George Update

Volunteer Prince George launches a new look during National Volunteer Week 2014.  The board of directors is pictured:  (left to right):  Jo Nore, Program Manager; Judy Dix, Corey Walker, Tamara Sweet, Amanda Allen, Lindsay Cotter, Tim Bennett, Bill Quinn, Steven Perison

Volunteer Prince George launches a new look during National Volunteer Week 2014. The board of directors is pictured: (left to right): Jo Nore, Program Manager; Judy Dix, Corey Walker, Tamara Sweet, Amanda Allen, Lindsay Cotter, Tim Bennett, Bill Quinn, Steven Perison

Prince George Community Profile

Quick Facts on changes in Prince George

Quick Facts on changes in Prince George

We can see by the Statistics Canada reports that the changes since our 2008 report for Prince George have been: population growth, a change in aging, and a significant change in the employment/ unemployment rate.

We can see by the Statistics Canada reports that the changes since our 2008 report for Prince George have been: population growth, a change in aging, and a significant change in the employment/ unemployment rate.

Economically speaking, the area is flourishing.

 

Prince George #10 on best places in Canada to get a job

Mr. Prince George stands at the intersection of Hwy 97 and Hwy 16 ( a cross roads of Northern BC) welcoming people to Prince Geroge.  Here he is wearing a volunteer button.

Mr. Prince George stands at the intersection of Hwy 97 and Hwy 16 ( a cross roads of Northern BC) welcoming people to Prince Geroge. Here he is wearing a volunteer button.

Tues, Sept 10, 2013, Prince George, Ted Andrew. “Prince George has cracked the top ten of the best places to find a job in Canada.  The list found on msn.com puts Prince George at number 10 amongst Canada’s cities with nine job seekers per opening.  …Prince George is one of two British Columbia cities on the list with Kamloops coming in at number three.”[1]

Highlights in the Economy included completed projects such as the New Cancer Centre for the North1 [2], and the opening of the Mount Milligan gold and copper mine.[3]

Other Major Projects in Prince George:

Alterna Biocarbon Manufacturing Facility –  CN Intermodal and Distribution Facility ExpansionDowntown District Energy SystemNorthwood Pulp Mill Green Transformation ProjectPrince George Airport Authority Crossdock Facility and Common Fuel DepotPrince George and Intercon Mills Green Transformation ProjectPrince George Global Logistics ParkPrince George RCMP Municipal DetachmentSoul D’Aqua Water Bottling FacilityUNBC Bioenergy Project – Phase 2UNBC Bioenergy Project – Phase 3Wood Innovation & Design Centre . [4]

To see more projects, visit http://investnorthcentralbc.ca/community-profiles/prince-george/invest-in-prince-george

Survey on Working with Volunteers 2013

82 respondent organizations took part in our survey. 57% had 1 – 10 volunteers on a regular monthly basis with 27% having 11 – 49 volunteers on a regular basis.

When asked about the Benefits of having Volunteers  the following responses rated the highest:  #1 – Passion for the cause brought by volunteers, #2 – Enhanced skills & experience for the organization.  Comments included: “…we simply could not carry on our work without volunteers.”; “Love having new skills and point of view to add to our base.”; “We are a better service provider because of the diversity of our volunteers!”; “Our younger volunteers are with us for a shorter period of time but they provide some excellent skill sets”.

When asked about Barriers to having Volunteers the #1 response was Lack of Time, #2 Not enough finances to involve volunteers effectively, #3 Not enough staff to manage volunteers. Some comments included:  “It is difficult when Managers & staff are continually stretched in their duties, to try and add additional duties that include volunteer retention, training and supervision”; “…more work for staff”; “relying on volunteers leaves us vulnerable to no shows”; “…the time it takes to process a volunteer application and orientate a volunteer often outweighs the benefits received.”; “…still need staff involvement to make sure projects are carried through.”

Survey on Volunteer Experience 2013

One of our member organizations which works with special needs folks, pictured with a volunteer (no names)

One of our member organizations which works with special needs folks, pictured with a volunteer (no names)

76 respondents took part in this survey. 57% age 26 – 54, 30% age 55+, and 13% age 15 – 25.

When asked What Motivates you to Volunteer – #1 response (48%) was I want to use my skills & experience to help my community; #2 (30%) – I want to help the cause.  Comments included: “ I started volunteering to get work experience for school but stayed afterwards because I enjoy it”; “…Loved the experiences”; “Excellent opportunity to build skills & network for future employment”; I have seen firsthand how a little time given can reap huge rewards. Usually the reward is a big smile!”;  “My rewards are great. I get more than I give.”

When asked What Barriers did you find in Volunteering the #1 response 39% was  Not enough time, too long commitment required  and #2 – Poor volunteer experience – lack of structure, support & training.   Comments included:  “Too few people doing way too much”;  “Not enough hours in the day”;  “Lack of enthusiasm on organizations part…”;  “Too many forms to fill out for many organizations”;  “organizations slow to respond, few follow up…”; “don’t want to keep going for RCMP record checks, over and over.”;  “I wish there were more opportunities that were not ongoing but more project-based.”;  “with my busy schedule, short term opportunities are hard to find and some attitudes have not been positive.”

Several charts from our surveys:

Survey results on volunteer motivations 2013

Survey results on volunteer motivations 2013


Volunteer Barrier Survey 2013

Volunteer Barrier Survey 2013


Huble Homestead Historical site volunteer

Huble Homestead Historical site volunteer

[1] See more at: http://hqprincegeorge.com/news/news/v/Local/259714/Prince-George-10-on-best-places-in-Canada-to-get-a-job#sthash.OO1u4ur3.dpuf

[2] Patients pour into cancer centreDECEMBER 7, 2012 – Peter James, Citizen staff pjames@pgcitizen.ca Just over a month after officially opening its doors, the B.C. Cancer Agency Centre for the North is seeing higher patient volumes than anticipated..”

[3] Mt. Milligan Mine opens, celebrates 350 jobs  Tuesday, October 8, 2013  PRINCE GEORGE -Today, 350 mine employees, mine executives and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of Mt. Milligan, a $1.5-billion mine located north of Prince George. Mt. Milligan is an open pit copper and gold mine developed by Thompson Creek Metals Company that employs 350 people. Construction of the mine started in late 2010 and the first ore was processed in August 2013. Once operating at capacity, it is expected to yield approximately 60,000 metric tonnes per day, with average annual production of 81 million pounds of copper and 195,000 ounces of gold during the 22-year mine life. http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/10/mt-milligan-mine-opens-celebrates-350-jobs.html

[4] http://investnorthcentralbc.ca/community-profiles/prince-george/invest-in-prince-george

Submitted by Jo Nore, Program Manager; Volunteer Prince George

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