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Community Connections - Issue 27/July 27, 2015

Issue No. 27 | July 27, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome to Our Newest Members
  • SRVC Hiring Local Expertise for Non-Profit Development
  • Funding Opportunity:  Sara Spencer Foundation
  • New Income Tax Aid for Persons with Disabilities
  • Bridging the Gap: How can we bridge the gap between what Canadians are looking for in Volunteering and how organizations are engaging volunteers?
  • Volunteer BC's Volunteer Futures Conference Sept. 24-25, 2015
  • Sunday Soup: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
  • Charities and political activities (Budget 2012)
  • Job Opportunities via Volunteer Victoria

 

Welcome to our Newest Members

  • Gail Y.
  • Harbourside Cohousing - Group Membership

 

 

SRVC Hiring Local Expertise for Non-Profit Development

It’s not astounding though it is good news.  At or near the top of the wish list for area non-profit organizations is funds (fundraising, grant seeking and grant writing).  What is reassuring is that succession planning, volunteer management and engagement, board development and marketing are all up there as well, with some interesting suggestions of non-violent communication and capacity building added to the list. 

“This shows a keen desire to up-grade skills and improve efficiencies and is in line with our team’s beliefs.” Says Marlene Barry, Coordinator, “Our short community survey confirmed we are on the right track to bring training into our communities.”

The Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  We are looking for local expertise to facilitate workshops and trainings throughout the fall and winter.  Our preference is for already developed workshops, though we are open to ideas.  If you or anyone one you know fits this description, please contact us.  We will also bring in trainers and as a member of Volunteer Victoria we are benefiting from their support and expertise.  Our funding allows us to pay professional fees and honorariums, so we are not looking for volunteer presenters, though that of course would expand our options further!

In addition to increasing the skills of existing volunteers, we are looking to engage people in new and improved ways.  If you are not already volunteering, though have considered it, we want to know what is holding you back.  Are there training or education opportunities you believe would give you the confidence to take action?

With our current funding we will be able to offer bursaries and travel expenses to some attendees, as well as keep the program costs to a record low for everyone.  If you are interested in having us work to bring training to any of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area communities, please give us a call as well.  We want to know what you want and need.

If you haven’t done so already, please complete our short survey.

To find out or share information please contact Marlene Barry, Coordinator, at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com, check out our website www.sookeregionresources.com, or stop by our office at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way Tuesday or Thursday 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Funding Opportunity:  Sara Spencer Foundation

The Sara Spencer Foundation is a small foundation that tries to distribute about $11,000 annually amongst perhaps a dozen, small Greater Victoria agencies.

Attached is the application information for this year’s grant application process. In the past the Sooke Food Bank, Sooke Residents in Need, CONTACT, Sooke Seniors Centre and others have benefited from small grants from the foundation. Otter Point resident, Arnie Campbell, is a foundation director and can be contacted if someone has a question. See the attached application and contact Arnie at d.acampbell@shaw.ca should you have further questions.

 

Bridging the Gap: How can we bridge the gap between what Canadians are looking for in Volunteering and how organizations are engaging volunteers? 

The following is a synopsis of the Bridging the Gap Summary Report prepared by the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.

The motivations, interests and kinds of experiences individuals are looking for when considering volunteering change and evolve as Canadians move through the different stages of their lives.

Now, more than ever, organizations need to understand and facilitate these shifts in order to optimize their volunteer recruitment and retention programs.

The results show that fostering meaningful volunteer engagement in Canada today is not just a capacity issue, but also a strategic one that must evolve with the trends to meet the needs of both organizations and volunteers themselves.  

    READ MORE    

For the full report click here.

 

New Income Tax Aid for Persons with Disabilities

Tax AID DABC is a free, confidential provincial program that will assist people with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation or Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) designation with basic income tax filings and information/referrals on tax related matters. Our main focus will be on helping chronic late tax filers to catch up on their unfiled taxes. We can assist clients in several ways including:

  • Filing income taxes through one-to-one meetings
  • Helping gather tax slips and other necessary documents
  • Providing advice and information (in-person, or by phone and/or email) about filing income tax returns
  • Providing referrals to organizations in clients’ communities
  • Accessing advice and support for clients with more complex tax returns from a chartered accountant.

More than 20,000 people receiving BC’s disability assistance don’t file their income taxes regularly. This means they’re missing out on hundreds of dollars each year. For example, the GST credit, BC sales tax credit and carbon tax credit can provide an extra $400-$500 annually. Also, once people have filed their taxes they may be able to open a registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) with grants and bonds which can be worth thousands of dollars.

This program is based on the lower mainland so SRVC asked how people in our region could access this program.  Their response:  When a client approaches us for assistance outside of the lower mainland, we can assist them provided that they can receive and send information either via email (requires access to a scanner), fax, or regular mail.  We need to have them provide a few signatures to confirm their enrolment in the program.  After we have that information, they can send us their tax slips directly or we can help them request tax slips from CRA and then file the taxes for them.

If the client is unable to send information back and forth using one of the stated methods, we will work with them to find a tax clinic in our community.  We are also very open to going to Vancouver Island and hosting tax clinics in the community if it becomes clear there is enough demand for us to do so.

For more information contact: Sam Turcott, B.A., J.D., Tax Program Manager, Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities), 456 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC. 

Ph: 604-872-1278 / Fax: 604-875-9227 or visit Tax AID DABC’s website

Our goal is for people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in the community. 

 

Volunteer BC's Volunteer Futures Conference Sept. 24-25, 2015

This is no doubt one of the best values around in time and dollars.  Everyone is welcomed! Anyone from the general public can attend including Board-level volunteers, Managers of Volunteers, and Senior Staff from non-profit organizations. Attendees come from healthcare, social services, sport, education and other community groups. Participants include Board-level volunteers, Managers of Volunteers, Staff from non-profit organizations. Attendees come from all sectors including healthcare, social services, sport, education and volunteer driven community groups and organizations.

Be a part of this great event! Early bird member rate ends – September 14. Conference Fees includes Volunteer BC Membership, all meals (breakfast & lunch), coffee and conference sessions.

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC is a world class 4 star hotel and state-of-the-art Convention Centre. The hotel is close to transit and just 5 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport.

Volunteer Futures 2015 Speaker Line-up

We have an exciting speaker line-up for this year's conference. More workshops are being added - but here are some of the sessions you won't want to miss:

Linda Tarrant – Survival Is A Lousy Goal…We Can’t Coast Our Way To the Top

Workshop List:

  • Make It Sticky: We Can’t Do It Alone
  • Adding to the Community: Measurement and Metrics Around Volunteering
  • Youth Making an Impact – The Juice Box Project
  • Innovative Strategies to a Vibrant Volunteer Program
  • Social Media Tune-up for Non-Profits with Hootsuite
  • Virtual Volunteerism – off-site and online
  • Ten Common Legal Pitfalls and How Healthy Non-Profits Can Sidestep Them
  • Understanding the Community Gaming Process
  • Digital Storytelling For Non-Profits

Early Bird (before Sept 14) - $195
After Early Bird - $250
Student Rate (Both Days) - $125
One Day - $150 Thursday OR Friday

Stay tuned for more detailed information

Carpooling is encouraged so anyone interested in attending this conference can check in with us and we will connect interested parties together.  Traveling together is a great opportunity to do more networking and brainstorming!

 

Sunday Soup: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Food has long been a great uniter. Whether it's families, friends, or some other collective, sharing a meal together just feels good, right, and true. Perhaps it was from this impulse that Sunday Soup got its start. At the heart of the matter is a meal that pumps funding into local projects.

Basically, Sunday Soup is a self-organized global network of face-to-face crowdfunding events that fund local projects. Food is the lure. And the events are simple as pie. Here's how it's done:

  • Small, local projects apply for a Soup Grant with the application deadline being dinner time.
  • A group meal is sold to community members at an affordable price. Proceeds go into the Soup Grant pool.
  • Diners are informed about the projects available to fund. Then they vote on which ones get the money from that particular meal. Done.  

    READ MORE  

 

Charities and political activities (Budget 2012)

In Budget 2012, the Government of Canada provided the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with more resources to help charities understand and respect the rules related to political activities. These rules have been in place for many years, and it has always been a part of CRA’s mandate to ensure that registered charities follow them.

Because of the nature of their work, charities make a valuable contribution to public policy in Canada. The law recognizes this by allowing charities to devote a limited amount of their resources to non-partisan political activities related to their charitable purposes. The CRA’s program for auditing the political activities of charities does not change these rules, which are outlined in the CRA’s Policy Statement (CPS-22) Political Activities, published more than 10 years ago in 2003.

    READ MORE 

Job Opportunities via Volunteer Victoria

The City of Victoria Youth Council is looking to hire a part-time Coordinator. 10-­15 hours/week. $18-­$20/hour (commensurate with experience). Coordinator is required to provide a range of supports such as strategic planning, event and project coordination and administrative support.

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is seeking a full-time Human Resource Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. The position is 40 hours/week at $38,680 - $40,760 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. This position closes at 12:00pm on July 27, 2015. Details and information can be found on BGCSGV's website.

Artemis Place Society is looking for a Contract Youth and Family Counsellor September 1, 2015 - June 24, 2016. 35hrs/week, $20.50-$23.00/hr. Please see detailed job posting here and email application to info@artemisplace.org or Fax (250) 388-9153 by July 27, 2015.

The Child & Youth Health Network is seeking a part-time Youth Engagement Coordinator. This is a new position starting on approximately August 20th, 2015 for 25 weeks with the possibility of continued employment subject to funding. 17 hours/week: $25/hour. Closing date is Tuesday, July 28th at 4:30pm. Full job description and application details are available on their  blog.

Greater Victoria Police Victim Services is now accepting applications for the position of Program Director.  Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on July 30th, 2015.  Please see job posting and description on their website.  

Oaklands Community Centre is looking for two candidates to fill a Market Coordinator position and a  Community Development Coordinator position. Check posting of each position for detailed info.   

M'akola ILBC Housing Society is hiring for a Part-Time Second Cook Position. Please see the Job Description for more info. Apply before July 31, 2015 @ 4:30 PM

M'akola ILBC Housing Society - Jesken Aerie is hiring for a Full-Time Second Cook Position. Please see the  Job Description for more info. Apply before August 4, 2015 @ 4:30 PM.  

 

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