Kim North has been hired as Lillooet’s community volunteer coordinator, achieving one of the top priorities of the At the Table workshop that brought together representatives of more than 50 volunteer organizations last November to discuss challenges and to brainstorm solutions.
The Lillooet Area Library Association is acting as the umbrella of the organization, North said, and funding for the part-time position came 100 People Who Care, the Lillooet Foundation and United Way.”
The job is a six-month contract for nine hours a week, which might not sound like a lot but, North has big plans for the time available and hopes that will be just the beginning.
“The goal is to provide training to non-profits to help with their promotion, helping them out with grants, we’ll be putting out a community booklet and online booklet highlighting all the volunteer organizations and we’ll be doing a couple of events, as well, like a volunteer appreciation event, a volunteer recruitment event – for the community coordinator one of the biggest things is to help with recruitment as well,” North said.
“I’ll also be writing grants to make sure that this goes on, to have a full-time position and also to have a space, like a Lillooet community hub or something that could possibly also umbrella a social enterprise business. These are all thoughts and ideas.”
The role of the Community Coordinator for the next 6-months is to:
- network with non-profits and volunteers to understand their issues and develop strategies to assist them
- develop collaborative avenues between non-profits to increase their efficiency and effectiveness
- assist in communication and promotion of non-profit activities
- develop recruitment and retention strategies
- target non-volunteers to understand the barriers that stop them from becoming involved, and attempt to break those barriers down
- organize and host training programs and workshops
- publish a print and on-line community handbook highlighting all the not-for-profit organizations in our communities
- develop newspaper, radio and online newsletters to promote volunteerism and highlight different organizations throughout the year
- host volunteer sign-up and appreciation event/s
- research and recommend ongoing sources of funding, and develop a timeline and actions to increase funding levels in the community (including social enterprise opportunities for the future)
- develop a membership plan that highlights the benefits of working together