Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Recruitment

I need volunteers/board members. Where do I find them?

Go to Volunteer Now and contact your local volunteer centre for local ideas about recruiting volunteers. Schools, colleges and universities often have volunteer posting boards. Charity Village,  Craigslist and Volunteer Connector offer volunteer posting boards. 

Where can I recruit youth volunteers?

Post your volunteer position on Volunteer Now.Contact your local volunteer centre or high schools/post-secondary institutions.

What assistance is offered for volunteers with disabilities?

Neil Squire Society and WorkBC Assistive Technology Services offer programs designed to support employment for people with disabilities in BC who are currently or just about to start working or volunteering.

For Volunteers

I want to volunteer. Where do I find positions?

Go to Volunteer Now and contact your local volunteer centre. Many centres have online postings. BC211 can help if you do not have a local volunteer centre. Schools, colleges and universities often have volunteer posting boards. Volunteer Connector, Charity Village or Craigslist offer searchable online volunteer posting boards. Contact organizations you like directly to see if they have positions available.

I have large group of volunteers. Where can we volunteer?

Finding volunteer positions for a large group takes time to plan. Contact your local volunteer centre or non-profit organization well in advance so they can find the ideal role(s) for your group. You may wish to consider funding costs of staff time and materials incurred by the non-profit to ensure your work has the biggest possible impact on the cause with the least impact on the non-profit’s resources.

What is a Volunteer Centre?

See our Volunteer Centre Fact Sheet for a list of all the great things Volunteer Centres do in their communities.

Risk Management

What type of screening should I implement? Where do I get info on the steps?

Check out Volunteer Canada’s screening/step-by-step resources.

Where can I get insurance for my nonprofit?

There are several products available. Volunteer BC Members receive exclusive access to OASSIS Benefit Plans. There’s also Co-operators and Under Our Wing which offer Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance, Event Coverage and more.

Set-up a Volunteer Centre/Start a Nonprofit

I want to set-up a volunteer centre. Where do I start?

Contact Volunteer BC and we can offer guidance/resources. Go to our Volunteer BC Resources Centrefor our How to Set-Up a Volunteer Centre Handbook – designed to take you through a step by step process in establishing a volunteer centre.

How do I set-up a Society in BC?

To incorporate a BC society go to BC Registry Services.

Board Governance

Where can I get board governance help?

There are many resources you will find helpful, such as Imagine Canada’s – Board Governance Guide or the Board Voice of BC that connects board members from across the province and provides resources that assist in developing their boards.

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Training/Speaker Request

Do you offer training? Can you recommend a speaker for my event?

Looking for a speaker or trainer? Please fill out our Request Form.

Volunteer Management Training

Where can I take a course/be certified in Volunteer Management?

There are lots of options!

Volunteer Statistics

Where can I find stats on volunteering in BC?

Go to our Resource Centre for Volunteering in BC & Canada Statistics.

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