Ontario Volunteer Needs Assessment

Since our founding in 1918, CNIB has grown to become the primary resource for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, with offices in communities across the country. Similarly, our volunteer team stretches from one end of the country to the other – and is made up of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. They’re truly the heart and soul of our organization, and they do everything from producing accessible library materials, to coordinating CNIB events, to working with people who are blind or partially sighted right in their own homes and communities.

Today, as the population ages, Canada faces a growing crisis in vision health. Over the next decade, the prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase by nearly 30 per cent.  Vision loss affects every aspect of a person’s life, and can jeopardize their safety, mobility and independence.

To support the growing need in vision health, CNIB is experiencing a significant increase in the required number of volunteers. CNIB created a Volunteer Need Assessment Template.xlsxVolunteer Need Assessment Template.xlsx to ensure that current and relevant information is available to assist management.

The Volunteer Needs Assessment tool, completed quarterly by Volunteer Services, provides the data that defines where and how volunteers are engaged and the greatest areas of need. It also highlights the successes and challenges in recruitment as well as the fluctuating needs from season to season.  The quarterly numbers tell us: 
  • How many roles were matched with a volunteer
  • How many additional volunteer roles needed to meet organizational needs
  • The number of roles that were vacated and needed to be re-matched
  • The number of new roles identified
  • Comparison information from quarter to quarter
  • High level information about the supervision of volunteer roles
  • Emerging trends for planning
Since its implementation, The Volunteer Needs Assessment has been a valuable resource for CNIB to determine how many volunteers are needed, for what programs, in what communities. This has promoted strategic volunteer recruitment and programming activities focusing on organizational need.