March 2018

National Volunteer Week 2018

From April 15 to 21, Volunteer Canada and Volunteer BC celebrate Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week (NVW). This year marks the 15th year Volunteer Canada has delivered the campaign in partnership with Investors Group. Let’s  “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”

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Upcoming Events

NVW Photo Contest Launch

Do you have photos of volunteers that celebrate and recognize the importance of ongoing contributions that volunteers make every day throughout our communities.

Let’s thank these individuals and celebrate the positive impact of volunteerism.

Send us photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they make in their communities!


NEW THIS YEAR - Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries. *All winners will receive a cash prize to donate to a charity of their choice, and may be used in Volunteer BC’s marketing materials and promoted to media outlets throughout the province.




*Note: A photo opportunity will also be coordinated with the winners.

Submission deadline is April 6

NVW Volunteer Coffee Break Program

Want a new way of recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Week? In recognition of that contribution, organizations can implement a Volunteer Coffee Break coupon program. This program has been successfully done at Volunteer Campbell River, Volunteer Cowichan and Volunteer Salt Spring Island.

How does the program work?

  • Your organization seeks local businesses (coffee shops and restaurants) willing to sponsor a cup of coffee to volunteers during NVW.
  • Your organization produces Coffee Break Coupons for a free cup of regular drip coffee made available to volunteer engaging organizations at no charge, for distribution to their volunteers as a token of thanks for valued skills, time, and energy.
  • Sponsors may substitute tea or other beverage at their discretion.
  • Coupons are a single use universal coupon, redeemable only NVW at participating volunteer-valuing coffee shops and restaurants throughout your area. See sample coupon.

Need more details? contact Anne-Marie:

Volunteer Canada NVW Resources


Ensure your organization is ready with resources to help you make this year's NVW the best yet.

Head over to Volunteer Canada's National Volunteer Week website to download your 
NVW Campaign Kit for tools, including: NVW Campaign Kit, Volunteer Recognition Best Practices.

Visit the
 National Volunteer Week Gift Shop for all your NVW promotional materials.

Volunteer Management Training


Want to learn more and develop your volunteer management professional skills? Our friends at Volunteer Burnaby and Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives are offering volunteer management workshops.

Burnaby -  Online Training for Administrators of Volunteer Resources.

Richmond - May 2- June 6, 2018