Volunteer Resources

Resources for Volunteer Partnerships

Since it was founded almost 100 years ago, CNIB has partnered closely with volunteers to provide services to Canadians with vision loss. In 2014, we applied for and received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to develop a series of resources identifying best practices in partnering with volunteers. The government's program is appropriately called Strengthening Communities Through Volunteer Program Development.
Our first goal with the project is to build on CNIB's history of volunteerism to attract more volunteers to join our team in order to increase the number of people we are able to assist. This will allow us to harness their knowledge and passion and benefit from the power of their personal stories as we work together to engage more people in our mission. The new resource materials will help to align all of our team members (staff and volunteers) to the culture of volunteerism necessary for attracting and retaining high numbers of volunteers.
The second goal, as a leader in the field, is to share these resource materials and best practices with other not-for-profit organizations and to assist them with their inclusion goals.
The resources have been put together by a team of CNIB employees – subject-matter experts in volunteerism and communications. The team was supported by working groups of cross-functional staff and volunteers from across the country, as well as some leading consultants in the fields we have covered. Thanks to all who contributed, including the provincial government, and I hope the resources will be well used.

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I hope you find these resources helpful. – please share them as widely as you wish.
Len Baker
Regional Vice President
CNIB Ontario and Quebec

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