New Provincial website helps Ontarians find their spark
SPARKOntario is a new website, launched during National Volunteer Week that helps Ontarians connect with volunteering opportunities that suit their unique interests and lifestyle. Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, findmyspark.ca aggregates volunteering opportunities from across Ontario. Non-profit organizations contribute information about their volunteering opportunities through their membership with one of Ontario’s 25 volunteer centres or by signing up directly on the site.
Active or prospective volunteers can find opportunities that range from helping adults achieve their literacy goals in Scarborough to supporting a therapeutic riding program in Markdale and many more. Knowing that not everyone has experience in volunteering or is familiar with the concept, such as those new to Canada, findmyspark.ca has a Learn About Volunteering section that helps to demystify the world of volunteering and prepares them for what to expect from their first volunteer experience.
The site is the first of its kind – a bilingual province-wide site for volunteering – and offers a unique space where people can post and share stories about how they were inspired or *sparked* by their volunteer experiences. Non-profits too can share stories about how volunteers make an impact at their organization, showcasing the importance of volunteer efforts in the achievement of their mission and goals.
The resource area of the site provides further tools to assist non-profit organizations in engaging volunteers and is a place where they can get tips on how to work with corporations as supporters and through employer-supported volunteer programs. And for the time-crunched non-profit employee looking for new ideas to spark up their volunteer program, the Spark Plugs section brings together inspiring examples of volunteer engagement done well from across the globe.
Those interested in volunteering in Ontario now have one site that brings together the opportunities and the information needed to make giving of one’s time through volunteering a meaningful and enduring part of life.
Find YOUR spark today at www.findmyspark.ca!
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