Urban Retreats Garden Tour Sponsorship Committee

Organization Details
Organization Name: 1JustCity at the Pimicikamak Wellness Centre
Address: 621 Balmoral St
Winnipeg MB  R3B 2R4
Website: http://www.1justcity.ca
Organizational Description: 1JustCity is an organization that supports three drop-in community centres in Winnipeg's core neighbourhoods: West Broadway, Osborne Village, and Central. Our services include daily meals, art, senior's programs, sharing circles, haircuts, showers, laundry, toiletries, and clean undergarments. In the winter months we also run the pop up warming centre in Osborne Village: Just a Warm Sleep.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5141
Description of Duties:

The self-guided garden tour, which includes a tea, craft and plant sale, welcomed over 600 visitors and raised $28,000 in 2023 surpassing our 2022 total by $5,000. In 2020 and 2021 the tour was held virtually due to COVID-19 and raised $18,000 and $16,000 respectively. Volunteers organize and facilitate the tour and funds raised support the vital work of 1JustCity. The 2024 tour will take place in the Charleswood area on June 22, 2024.

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for managing the Sponsorship program to meet the fundraising goals. The Committee works closely with 1JustCity staff.
The Sponsorships generate a significant part of the proceeds, for example, in 2023 it was $9,500.

-review and adapt the sponsorship levels and make recommendations to the Garden Tour Committee
-set targets for sponsorships for each year
-work with lists of previous sponsors and generate new ideas for sponsors as needed
-create a plan to approach sponsors and adapt the plan as sponsors are confirmed or decline
-maintain accurate records of all contacts with potential sponsors, and maintain good electronic files of committed donors, including contact information, correspondence, logos and receipts
-working with 1JustCity staff, send invoices to committed sponsors and follow up with receipts
-thank sponsors
-send sponsors complimentary tickets, posters and other materials
-get graphic files (logos) from sponsors
-create and adapt graphic files for signs and posters (or work with a volunteer outside the Committee if that ability is not in the Committee membership)
-communicate with sign producers and supply electronic files as needed
-communicate with poster designer and supply electronic files as needed
-at least one member attends the Garden Tour Committee meetings
-report regularly to the Garden Tour Committee

-if possible, attend the event and help out during set up and on tour day
-after the tour, evaluate the Sponsorship program and note ideas for changes for the next year

Skills Required:

For all members:

-Ability to work independently and with a team.
-Able to meet deadlines without supervision.
-Comfortable approaching people to ask for financial support.
-Connections to a wide variety of businesses and individuals is an asset.
-Strong ability to communicate orally and in writing.
-Basic computer skills are an asset.
-Must have access to email.
-At least one member of the Committee:
-Strong computer skills.
-Ability to record and track data electronically using Excel.
-Familiarity with electronic graphic software.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

Contribute to services for some of the most vulnerable people in the city, experience camaraderie working with dedicated team of volunteers, hone organizational skills and fundraising skills.

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

Approximately 40-50 hours. The Sponsorship Committee meets from October to June, with more concentrated work in October/November and February to April. The Committee meeting time is flexible to accommodate the availability
of the members. Meetings can be face to face or electronically. The work between meetings can be done evenings and weekends, generally on the phone or by computer. Some face to face contact with potential sponsors may be helpful. One member (usually the Coordinator) must attend six Garden Tour Committee meetings and report on Sponsorship progress.

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: Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: pwsitelead@1justcity.ca
Phone: 204-779-8957
Closing Date: Sep 1, 2024


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