Quinte agencies need new board members for continued success

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As we start looking into the fall and our mindsets turn from summer holidays and relaxation to routines and business; we want to ask our community can you spare some time? Can you help with a few hours on occasion or a few times a month? We are seeing increased demand on our Not-For-Profit sector, especially around human services. We are also experiencing staffing shortages, just like many industries and we are all working towards recruitment and succession planning.

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As not-for-profit agencies, our governance boards are vital in assisting with the planning and establishing of the best policies, procedures and helping senior leadership focus on the organizations mission and principles. There are 2 types of boards, a governance board or a working board; but both need members that are independent of the agency; a board with various experience and backgrounds; and members that are professional and understand their accountability as part of the board.

Governance Boards are responsible for overseeing the organization and sets direction and controls through policy. Paid staff lead and implement the programs and services, in line with the board’s delegated direction. Working Boards are responsible for both the governance of the organization, as well as providing volunteer staffing to complete the actual work of the organization. Governance Boards are usually more established, larger not-for-profit agencies and Working Boards are smaller organization with little or no staff. We are seeing an increase in vacancies in our boards, and this can cause some long-term shortages of programs and services and worst case, closure of an agency if they cannot fulfill their CRA requirements.

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Interested in learning more or have questions around how to find a role that matches your experience, goals, and timeframe? As part of our commitment and our mission, we meet and interview volunteers and can answer questions, provide directions, and have access to training. “The Right Person, The Right Place, The Right Time”!

Volunteer opportunities in the Hastings Prince Edward region include:

A variety of Board Member positions are available; most require a commitment of 1 meeting per month with no meetings over the summer months, they may ask for committee involvement for planning or fundraising activities and orientation is provided.

The Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward is seeking volunteers as they start their transition to their new facility. Roles include Volunteer Dog Walker, Animal Foster Families, Fundraising assistance, and animal care volunteers. Volunteers will be provided training and opportunities offer flexibility and available to a varied age groups.

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Stirling Musical Instrument Lending Library is looking for instrument maintenance and repair volunteers, and instrument transport drivers; these opportunities are flexible and independent. They are also looking for an assistant secretary and program volunteers to work with the public and help with the overall agency mission.

VIQ is currently seeking individuals interested in volunteering at Charity Bingos. Duties include calling back Bingos, assisting with payouts and monitoring games. Both Matinee and Main Bingo time slots are available. If you are 16 years of age or older and are interested in supporting Charity organizations, please contact.

VON Hastings, Northumberland, Prince Edward needs volunteer drivers for both their Meals on Wheels program that provides hot & frozen meals around the Quinte West region and their Appointment Volunteer Drivers to help provide transportation to clients, appointments maybe as far as Toronto or Kingston.

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Alternatives for Women in PEC has volunteer roles to assist with maintaining our programming and buildings. Tasks include childcare, providing transportation within PEC, sorting and packaging donations for clients, maintenance around buildings, and assisting with events like International Women’s Day and Take Back the Night.

The City of Belleville, Quinte Sports & Wellness Center has opening for their Senior Center programing including bridge, photography and art programs, volunteers help members sign in and access programing. They are also looking for Youth Room Monitors to ensure a safe and positive environment for the free centre; training provided, and hours can be flexible.

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back from September 19 to 25, 2022 supporting Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with cookie decorating in each of the locations. This is a great opportunity to come out, support your hospital and have a great time. Perfect for students to achieve your high school volunteer hours.

Volunteer & Information HPE refers volunteers to more than 275 agencies throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to fulfill the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at www.viq.ca for more information volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others.” VIQ is a United Way HPE Member Agency.

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