Volunteering in Community (VIC)
Start date: 1 February, 2016
End date: 31 March, 2018
This past year we piloted and successfully launched our "Volunteers in Community" program. This program aims to match people in our community with similar interests as the individuals within our program. One of the best ways to form relationships and to work towards community inclusion for individuals with , is through volunteerism. Throughout the 2016 year, we volunteered over 1000+ hours at local community events and non-profit organizations.
Swift Current, SK is a small, but vibrant city. Throughout the year, Swift Current hosts major events that are recognized both on a national and international scale. However, because Swift Current is small (17 000), it is difficult for the city to recruit enough volunteers. The Saskatchewan Abilities Council has numerous individuals who are more than willing and able to assist at these events, creating a positive "win-win" experience for both the community and the quality of life of the volunteers within our program.
People within our program have so much to give, and volunteering is a beautiful way of connecting with our community, while gaining important life skills and making new friendships.
Nature of the Project Reach
While all volunteering that will be conducted through the Volunteering in Community (VIC) program will occur within Swift Current, SK's city limits, many rural communities benefit and are involved in the community events that occur within Swift Current that our individuals will be involved with. There are many rural communities around Swift Current that are closely linked with our city who will also benefit from community events and non-profits our individuals will be supporting. Swift Current is a hub for South West Saskatchewan. The events that occur within the city, particularly Windscape (occurs in June), provides free entertainment to many tourists that come from all over Canada/internationally. These major events are only made possible through volunteer efforts such as those provided by the volunteers within VIC.
-Discover and assist individuals with varying abilities to find and apply to become volunteers at local community events and non profits. Special emphasis will be placed on community events celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary,
-Support individuals with varying abilities in their volunteer placements to ensure success
- Special photography/videography project showcasing individuals volunteering in their community to be released and coincide alongside National Volunteer Week (April 23-28).
- Community volunteers to volunteer and support the individuals within our program with their volunteer tasks at community events/non profits. - Marketing, awareness, and inclusiveness-- if you have an event that needs volunteers, let us know how we can help. If you are able to help us with printing and distributing of posters/information pamphlets, this will also be very helpful! - Financial- There will be some travel costs that will come with being involved in our community. Some individuals that will volunteer through the VIC program may need additional support staff through the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.