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  • Volunteer Manitoba's team grew a bit bigger this past month. We would like to welcome Harvey Yu! Harvey is from the University of Manitoba. He is currently studying Recreation Management and Community Development and will be working with Volunteer Manitoba to complete his fieldwork placement. Harvey will be with us until the end of December where he will be working on Volunteer Manitoba's Community Outreach, specifically with the VM Youth Program.

    Most of September Harvey has been working closely with Kamillah El-Giadaa, our Youth Program Coordinator, to help youth find places to volunteer this Fall. Volunteering provides an opportunity for all of us to learn more about ourselves and our community. For students and young adults, volunteering can also help you learn about different career paths that may interest you, finding your passion and can help you develop useful skills. So we asked our Harvey Yu, what are his top 5 reasons to volunteer!

    1. Build and Develop Community Ties

    • Whether you are new to a community, or have lived there your whole life, volunteering engages you with new people from all age groups of which you can learn and share your experiences with.

    2. Give Back to the Community

    • Whether you know it or not, volunteers help drive the community through fundraising and helping at school events, this is your opportunity to reciprocate that same effort for others.

    3. Be a Part of Change in the Community

    • From environmental sustainability to poverty related issues, you can be a part of the solution by volunteering your time to help these causes.

    4. Learn New Skills

    • Both social and career driven skills can be learned through volunteering, widening your social circle, interacting with others, and being hands on.

    5. Gain New & Insightful Experiences

    • Volunteering will give you opportunities to listen to people's stories and give you a chance to opening yourself up to new perspectives and experiences.

    Got a question for Harvey? Want to find out where you can volunteer next? Email Harvey at Harvey@volunteermanitoba.ca !

  • VM Youth Hub Final Report - your input is needed!

    Last September, Volunteer Manitoba hosted the VM Youth Hub - a special event on youth engagement in Manitoba. Over 90 organizations and groups came together to discuss their youth programs. The event was an opportunity for organizations to learn, network and share resources to allow for better collaboration across the province. The data that was collected is being reviewed and will be included in a final report on youth programming in the province.

    The purpose of this final report on youth programming is to locate pressing challenges and gaps impacting the quality of service distribution in the youth sector. As an organization currently working with youth, we need your input to help us identify this information for the final report.

    Please take a few minutes (approx. 5 -10) and complete our survey before July 31, 2020. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a free, full-day Volunteer Manitoba workshop (valued at $145)

    Click here to start the survey!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

    Qudus Abusaleh
    Research Assistant
    E: qudus@volunteermanitoba.ca

  • Do you have a story to tell about the community you come from?

    Don't wait until it's too late, apply to be an MB 150 Youth Ambassador today!

    What kind of stories are we looking for?

    All kinds! The goal of this program is to give YOU a chance to share YOUR story with the rest of Manitoba.

    Stories can be varied and diverse, and can profile local celebrities or champions, historical or current events, or infamous relics, places or things that put your community on the map! In this program, storytelling can be more than writing, although there will be a writing component as you report back to Volunteer Manitoba on the project's progress.
    Some examples of ways to tell your community's story are; short stories, blogs, poetry, photography, online (web, social media), visual art, or short video.

    What if I need some guidance?

    Not to worry! We have a team of VM Coaches who are ready to get involved and help you out. The coaches are community leaders and professionals who want to share their skills and expertise with you! Coaches will be paired up with program participants in the new year, and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to help guide your project to completion.

    If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a coach you can learn more here!

    How much work is involved?

    It all depends on the story you want to tell, but the program was designed to give all participants 5 months to complete their projects. The time commitment can be flexible, as the project is completely self-led.

    The program starts in the new year with 2 days of training in Winnipeg (if you live outside of the city, we'll pay for your travel and hotel). Then you will be paired with your coach and can begin your project. At the beginning of summer 2020, we will bring everyone back to Winnipeg (again, travel costs covered by us!) to share and celebrate the completed projects!

    What sort of training are you offering?

    The two days of training will take place in Winnipeg at the start of February. We're inviting community leaders and guest speakers to share their perspective on community engagement, and we'll take you through a series of workshops to help you explore the storytelling possibilities you can use as part of your project.

    Have we convinced you to apply yet? We hope so! Visit our website for more information!


  • Tell YOUR community's story YOUR way
    Become a Youth Ambassador!

    Volunteer Manitoba, in partnership with RBC Future Launch and Manitoba 150, are thrilled to announce a new program giving young Manitobans an opportunity to showcase their community through creative storytelling!

    The MB 150 Youth Ambassador program is a five month program where 25 participants will be given the opportunity to tell their community's story - their way!

    MB 150 Youth Ambassadors will showcase their community's history, culture, diversity, and identity through storytelling methods and exciting learning opportunities. By participating in this program, youth will increase their leadership skills, promote mutual understanding, and be positioned to bring awareness of their communities.

    "We're excited to be working with Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba 150 in this creative and meaningful way," said Kim Ulmer, Regional President, RBC. "We encourage eligible youth to take advantage of this very special opportunity to commemorate this milestone through their own community lens. This a chance to cultivate relationships and acquire knowledge, skills and experience which will be adaptable to their current or future careers, while leaving a legacy for generations to come."

    Youth Ambassadors will be paired with a Coach for the duration of the program. The Coaches will be community leaders and professionals who want to give back and share their skills and expertise with the younger generation. They will guide their participant through their project, provide support and advice, and be an invaluable part of helping MB 150 Youth Ambassadors build their network and increase their skillset.

    "Manitoba's 150th anniversary is a tremendous opportunity to share stories about who we are as Manitobans," said Monique LaCoste, Co-Chair of the Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. "By encouraging Manitoba's young adults to strengthen their creative and leadership skills, the MB 150 Youth Ambassador program will enhance our community," added Manitoba 150 Co-Chair Stuart Murray.

    The program is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 29, who lives in Manitoba and is willing to travel to Winnipeg for group activities and training (travel expenses will be covered by Volunteer Manitoba). The deadline to apply for the program is December 9th, 2019. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by mid-December. For more information, or to submit an application, please visit www.volunteermanitoba.ca.

    "Every year, thousands of citizens across the province strengthen their communities by being involved," says Jackie Hunt, Executive Director of Volunteer Manitoba. "We are thrilled to be able to provide this kind of unique programming to Manitoba's young generation, and to partner with such great supporters to showcase and celebrate the incredible strength of our communities, and the people that make them vibrant and strong."

    For more information, please contact:

    Kamillah El-Giadaa, Youth Program Coordinator
    P: 204-477-5180 ext. 225
    E: kamillah.elgiadaa@volunteermanitoba.ca

  • This past year we put a lot of time and energy into renewing our Training Department and we are thrilled with the results!

    We are very proud of the work we have accomplished in our training department and we are excited to move forward and assess all of the opportunities that are now available to help us continue to grow and to support the non-profit sector in its professional development.

    What's new & exciting in our fall calendar? We had a quick chat with Tracy Douglass, VM's Training Coordinator.

    Over the past year, you've been introducing new training and development opportunities. What new events do you have planned this fall?
    Meeting the needs of our clients is my number one priority. We offer workshops in the areas of Capacity Building, Volunteer Management and Board Governance. We heard loud and clear that funding is top of mind; I've scheduled a webinar to introduce different fundraising strategies, plus we have a new workshop with fundraising expert, Mike Duerksen, called What Donors Want - How to Find, Attract and Retain Donors. I have also heard that volunteer recruitment, particularly youth volunteers, is a priority for many organizations so we're offering a workshop in December led by Marianne Cerilli called Engaging and Empowering Youth Volunteers.

    Last year you piloted some new programs and events. Will any of them be offered again?
    I'm really proud of our new Emerging Leaders Program that we piloted last spring. It's a program specifically designed to build leadership skills for those who are taking the next steps to pursue or advance their management career in the non-profit sector. We received excellent reviews and suggestions for improvement, we are happy to be offering the entire program again this fall. We also received a lot of positive feedback on a special event we held to help volunteer engagement specialists build their network. To continue this support, we're holding a Hybrid Conference in October. This conference focuses on how technology trends are transforming the way we engage volunteers. Keep watching for more networking events coming up throughout the year!

    Our motto this past year was 'putting Manitoba back into our name'. Do you have any workshops offered around the province?
    Through the partnerships we built around the province I plan to offer more workshops in communities other than Winnipeg with plans almost finalized for Gimli, Brandon, Carman and Winkler. We've also started to explore using webinar technology so rural participants can join workshops in Winnipeg remotely. I understand that the need for training exists across our province and I'm committed to build a provincial network of partners and facilitators and to use technology so professional development is available in all regions.

    We look forward to seeing you all this fall as we kick off what is sure to be another successful year for VM Training! To see our full training calendar please click here!


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