Programs that provide opportunities for students and/or school-age children and youth to make a contribution to their local community through volunteer service projects or other forms of assistance. The purpose of the program is to develop leadership skills and good citizenship practices in youngsters who are interested in service to others.
Community organizations that are actively seeking individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience who are willing to offer their services and work on a full or part-time basis without remuneration on projects or in positions that benefit the organization itself or the people it serves. Many agencies that provide volunteer opportunities also offer intensive training in the tasks that are required for the job.
Local coalitions of businesses with active or prospective employee and/or retiree volunteer involvement programs that have joined together to share effective practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering. Corporate volunteer councils are usually affiliated with local community-based agencies such as volunteer centres or United Way agencies, but some have incorporated as independent nonprofits. CVCs are also known as business volunteer councils, corporate community relations councils, workplace volunteer councils and by a variety of other names; but while their names and structures may vary, their mission remains the same: to serve businesses, employees and the community in the cause of workplace volunteering.
Programs, primarily national in scope, that work to recruit, prepare, mobilize and/or coordinate the activities of local citizens who are willing to volunteer and help their communities in local emergencies or times of widespread disaster. The programs engage individuals in volunteer activities that support organizations responsible for issuing alerts, advisories and warnings to inform the public of an impending event; first responders; disaster relief groups; community safety organizations including local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services; and other groups that have emergency management responsibilities during the prevention, mitigation, response, relief and recovery phases of a disaster.
Organizations whose members are foundations, nonprofit organizations or individuals who have affiliated for the purpose of increasing public awareness and understanding of corporate and charitable giving and the role it plays in society and promoting the practice of charitable giving and voluntarism on the part of individuals and organizations. Also included are organizations that study the general role of philanthropy in society and seek to promote the practice of charitable giving and voluntarism on the part of individuals and organizations.
Organizations whose members are volunteer centres or individuals working in the field of volunteer resources management who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in professional conferences, subscribing to journals and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Some volunteer management associations develop standards for the field, offer credentialing programs, develop and disseminate publications, support research, share statistics, provide opportunities for networking, maintain a job bank and offer other resources that advance volunteering in communities, strengthen the profession and help members become more effective in their roles and relationships.
Programs that help nonprofit organizations or other groups plan, implement, manage and/or evaluate the use of volunteer personnel in their programs. Included are assistance in assessing organizational readiness for a volunteer program, marshalling staff support, identifying and/or developing appropriate roles or positions for the effective use of volunteers, devising strategies for the recruitment and selection of volunteer personnel, planning and implementing training and supervision for volunteer staff and putting into place a meaningful volunteer recognition program.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.