Community Engagement Coordinator

Organization Details
Organization Name: Access to Therapy Initiative
Address: Winnipeg MB  R3C 1C3
Organizational Description: The Access to Therapy Initiative exists to provide mental health services for disadvantaged and/or low-income members of society. We also raise awareness of the financial barriers to mental health services.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5027
Description of Duties:

  • Meetup Event Planning & Management: Take the lead in organizing and hosting a variety of social events through our Meetup platform. This includes managing event logistics, coordinating activities, and ensuring each event aligns with our mission to create engaging social opportunities. Events may range from casual gatherings like pizza parties and park hangouts to more structured activities such as bowling nights, sports events, or camping trips.

  • Community Engagement & Participation: Play a crucial role in fostering a vibrant and inclusive community atmosphere at each event. Engage with attendees to create a welcoming environment, encourage participation, and promote the values of the Access to Therapy Initiative. Your goal is to build a strong community presence that attracts diverse groups and fosters a sense of belonging among all participants.

  • Kiosk Management and Volunteer Fairs Participation: Represent the Access to Therapy Initiative at various volunteer fairs and events. Set up and manage informational kiosks to raise awareness about our mission, recruit volunteers, and encourage donations. Your presence at these events should embody the spirit and values of our organization.

  • Team Collaboration & Communication: Actively participate in team discussions and WhatsApp group chats. Work collaboratively with the Manitoba COO and other team members to ensure all activities and events are well-integrated with our broader organizational goals and strategies.

  • Feedback and Continuous Improvement: Collect feedback from event participants and team members to continually refine and improve our event offerings. Use this feedback to make adjustments that enhance the experience and effectiveness of future gatherings.

  • Promotion & Outreach: Utilize various marketing and communication channels, including social media, our website, and local media outlets, to promote upcoming events. Develop creative strategies to increase event visibility, attendance, and community engagement.

Skills Required:

  • Event Planning and Management Skills: Demonstrated ability to organize, coordinate, and manage events of various sizes and types. Experience in planning social gatherings or community events is highly desirable.

  • Community Engagement: Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to engage and connect with diverse groups of people. Must be approachable, empathetic, and able to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at events.

  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to clearly convey information, effectively promote events, and maintain active and engaging communication with team members and the community.

  • Marketing and Promotion: Knowledge of basic marketing strategies and experience using social media and other platforms for event promotion and outreach.

  • Team Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively within a team, contributing to group discussions and aligning with the broader organizational goals and strategies.

  • Adaptability and Problem-Solving: Must be adaptable, able to handle unexpected situations during events, and capable of thinking on your feet to resolve issues as they arise.

  • Feedback Analysis: Capacity to gather and interpret feedback, using it to improve future events and strategies.

  • Organizational Skills: Strong organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities effectively.

  • Brand Representation: Ability to represent and embody the ethos and mission of the Access to Therapy Initiative, effectively communicating our values and goals to the public.

  • Initiative and Self-Motivation: A proactive approach, willingness to take initiative, and the ability to work independently when required.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

As a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Access to Therapy Initiative, you will develop a rich set of skills that are valuable in various professional contexts. Here are some of the key skills you will gain and how they relate to potential future career paths:

  • Event Planning Expertise: Gain hands-on experience in organizing and managing a range of events. This skill is highly valuable for careers in event management, conference planning, and hospitality.

  • Enhanced Communication Abilities: Develop your verbal and written communication skills, crucial for roles in public relations, corporate communications, and marketing.

  • Community Engagement and Networking: Build a robust network and enhance your ability to engage diverse groups, useful for careers in community development, non-profit management, and social services.

  • Marketing and Promotional Experience: Learn effective strategies for promoting events and causes, a skill that can lead to opportunities in digital marketing, advertising, and brand management.

  • Leadership and Team Collaboration: Strengthen your leadership and team-working abilities, applicable to managerial positions and collaborative team environments across various sectors.

  • Problem-Solving and Adaptability: Enhance your ability to respond to challenges and adapt to changing situations, skills that are valuable in project management, consultancy, and entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Organizational Skills: Develop strong organizational and time management skills, beneficial for administrative, management, and coordinator roles.

  • Community and Social Services Insight: Gain a deeper understanding of the non-profit sector and community services, paving the way for a career in social work, community outreach, and advocacy.

This position is not only an opportunity to contribute significantly to a meaningful cause but also a chance to build a professional skill set that opens doors to various career paths. Whether your interest lies in the non-profit sector, event management, marketing, or community services, the experience as a Community Outreach Coordinator will serve as a strong foundation for your professional growth.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:

This role requires flexibility in terms of hours, depending on the events being planned. Expectation is around 5-10 hours per week, with potential spikes during major event preparations.

Participation in periodic meetings with the CEO or Manitoba COO and other team members is essential to ensure alignment with organizational goals. Constant engagement with the group WhatsApp group is encouraged.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2023
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