Recognizing and Celebrating Volunteerism in our Community

February 18, 2021

Today we want to celebrate and recognize the volunteer work of Precious Owusu-Ware, an international student currently pursuing a master’s researching French linguistics. What volunteering are you involved in? I have volunteered with Volunteer Lethbridge, helping as an administrative assistant. I joined the GSA as a board member to assist with disability and accommodated learning.…

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The Light of Today is the Strength of Today

February 1, 2021

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it, there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all the lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” J.R.R.Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring With February 2021 upon the horizon, we are all…

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Stress Affecting Non-Profit Leaders and Teams: Tips for Coping in Chaos

December 16, 2020

Many questions run through our heads as we feel the stress of coping in our work, family, social circles, and community right now. Are you wondering: What will this season be like for me and my family? How can I help my clients in this time of increased demand? Will my organization survive? Will I…

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“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”

December 1, 2020

“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” – which is more inclusive?Tymmarah (Tymm) Mackie, MA You’ve heard the debate over “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” – about not offending anyone; that “Happy Holidays” acknowledges other holy days or celebrations occurring around Christmastime, and is more inclusive. Surprise! “Merry Christmas” is actually more inclusive. With regard to religion…

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The Business Side of Non-Profit Organizations

November 17, 2020

Its long been thought that non-profit and charitable organizations operate differently than businesses. After all, businesses are supposed to measure their success by their profits. If earning a profit is not your objective, why would you use business principles to guide operations? Because business principles are about more than profit. They provide the tools to…

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Providing Mental Health Support for Virtual Volunteers

November 2, 2020

One of the well-known impacts of volunteering is its benefits for your mental health. According to many studies, the social contact aspect has a profound effect in helping you to maintain a sound mind. The meaningful connections that you create help to relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness. It also helps to provide a sense of…

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Investing in Outcome Evaluation

October 15, 2020

The Canadian Evaluation Society defines evaluation as “the systematic assessment of the design, implementation or results of an initiative for the purposes of learning or decision-making” ( Requests for proposals often request non-profit organizations to include an evaluation plan in their application and to allocate a minimum of 5 to 10 percent of the total…

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Creating an Impact with Kindness in your Community

October 1, 2020

Community is defined as a social unit consisting of a group of people living in the same place or having a particular commonality such as norms, religion, values, customs and/or identity. The true meaning of community is a little more layered though. In a ranking of the important elements of community, shared geographical location and…

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What is Inclusion, Actually?

September 15, 2020

Inclusion is often defined as “the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate”, “a community where ‘we’ is everyone”, or “A community or organization that embraces human differences, sees them as strengths, and offers respect in both words and actions for all…

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The Importance Of Keeping In Touch

August 19, 2020

When I was contracted to work with Volunteer Lethbridge at the height of COVID I was surprised to say the least. I had been looking for work for months and like many, believed that my chance of finding a new contract in these challenging economic times and shutdowns would be small. Volunteer Lethbridge has exceeded…

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