Discover the Magic of Volunteering with NatureKids BC!

Discover the Magic of Volunteering with NatureKids BC!

Texada Island NatureKids enjoy a coastal foraging Explorer Day at Shelter Point

Do you love nature and have a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families? If so, volunteering with NatureKids BC is an incredible opportunity to connect with nature, inspire young minds, and contribute to a meaningful cause. NatureKids BC is a nature discovery and environmental action non-profit organization that aims to foster lasting connections with nature among children and their families. Let’s explore what makes NatureKids BC so special and how you can get involved!

Who are NatureKids as a community supporter?

NatureKids BC is a dedicated community supporter, working to help children and their families form meaningful and enduring connections with nature. Their mission is simple yet powerful – to encourage children in British Columbia to explore, play, learn, and take action for nature alongside their families. By fostering a love for the outdoors, NatureKids BC inspires a new generation of nature enthusiasts and environmental advocates.

How do they help the community, and what services do they offer?

Texada Island NatureKids enjoy a coastal foraging Explorer Day at Shelter Point

NatureKids BC’s impact on the community is made possible by their passionate volunteers, members, and donors. Through nature clubs in all corners of the province, they engage young families in the exploration of British Columbia’s diverse ecosystems. NatureKids BC is all about making it easy for families to experience nature together and offers a variety of services to achieve this goal. Some of these services include:

  • Explorer Days: These are exciting events where kids aged 5-12 and their families get to explore the great outdoors together. From nature hikes to wildlife spotting, these adventures create unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for nature.
  • NatureWILD Magazine: NatureKids BC publishes an inspiring magazine filled with captivating stories and articles about nature. The magazine encourages kids to learn more about the environment and the world around them.
  • Stewardship Initiatives: NatureKids BC promotes environmental stewardship by encouraging families to take action and make a positive impact on their local environment.
  • Community Science Programs: These programs involve families in citizen science projects, allowing them to contribute valuable data to scientific research while having fun in nature.

How can people get involved with NatureKids or start volunteering with them?

NatureKids BC welcomes everyone to be part of their inspiring community. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Salmon Arm families experienced the joy of birding during a summer outing

  • Become a Member: Families with children aged 5-12 can join NatureKids BC as members. Membership grants access to all the exciting programs and activities NatureKids BC has to offer.
  • Volunteer: If you’re passionate about nature and want to inspire the next generation of nature leaders, volunteering with NatureKids BC is the perfect fit. There are various roles available, from leading community nature clubs to supporting the production of NatureWILD Magazine.
  • Donate: Even if you don’t have the time to volunteer, you can still support NatureKids BC’s mission by making a donation. Every contribution helps them create more opportunities for kids and families to connect with nature.

For NatureKids volunteer opportunities and more volunteer opportunities, check out Volunteer Now – our one-stop-shop for volunteering.

For more volunteer opportunities, check out Volunteer Now on our website for all the latest postings and information.

Community Engagement Training News

Community Engagement Training News

Volunteer BC along with several volunteer centres are hosting Community Engagement Training around the province.
This is an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and learn best practices in volunteer engagement.  Also meet the Volunteer BC Board, learn more about us and how we can work together. 

These sessions are free and everyone welcome!

March 11: Webinar: 5 Steps to Building a Stellar Volunteer Team, SOSVC – Register here.

March 18: Webinar: The Volunteer Lifecycle, SOSVC – Register here.

March 19: Hybrid: Servant Leadership For Your Volunteer Program, KCR Community Resources –  Register here.

March 25: In-Person: Introduction to the Volunteer Engagement Cycle, Volunteer Fraser Valley Event details here.

April 9: Webinar: The Language of Volunteering, SOSVC Register here.

April 15th: Webinar: Recruitment & Succession Planning for Rural Areas, SOSVC Register here.

April 20th: In-Person: Volunteer Leadership Exchange, Terrace – Register here

May 29: Changing Tides Conference, Volunteer NanaimoMore details soon.

More dates/locations to be announced soon. Spread the word and save your seat!

Dive into Volunteering with BC Artistic Swimming

Dive into Volunteering with BC Artistic Swimming

Emergency Support Service volunteers hard at work

Without volunteers, BC Artistic Swimming wouldn’t be able to bring this unique sport to communities throughout the province.

Jennifer Keith

Executive Director, BCAS

BC Artistic Swimming (BCAS) isn’t just about synchronized swimming; it’s a passionate community of individuals across British Columbia committed to nurturing the sport and athletes. This volunteer-driven organization unites over 200 volunteers each season to support 1,000 athletes. BCAS envisions an inclusive and accessible sport community that inspires excellence while instilling ethical values and fostering social responsibility.

How do you help the community and what services do you offer them?

BCAS offers a range of programs catering to athletes of all ages and abilities, from Adaptive and AquaGO! programs to competitive opportunities, including participation in prestigious events like the Canada Summer Games. Aligning with the Canada Artistic Swimming Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, BCAS introduces physical literacy and athlete development at all levels.

Beyond athletes, BCAS supports coaches, officials, and clubs through various programs and educational opportunities.

How do volunteers make a difference at BCAS?

Volunteers are the lifeblood of BCAS. Every facet of the organization, from clubs and competitions to events and governance, relies on volunteers. They operate with a volunteer Board of Directors and committees, and each of their 16 clubs is governed by a volunteer Club Executive. Officials and event volunteers also play a crucial role, ensuring the sport thrives in communities across BC.

Without volunteers, BC Artistic Swimming wouldn’t be able to bring this unique sport to communities throughout the province.

BC Artistic Swimming offers a diverse array of volunteer opportunities, allowing you to immerse yourself in the artistry and athleticism of the sport up close. Plus, you’ll enjoy the warmth of a dry pool deck during events – no rain or cold to contend with!

By volunteering with BCAS, you’re not just supporting a sport; you’re becoming part of a vibrant, inclusive community that values giving back and fostering excellence in athletes of all ages and abilities.

How can people get involved and volunteer? 

You don’t need to be a synchronized swimming pro to volunteer. Reach out to  info@bcartisticswimming.ca, and their dedicated team will help you find the perfect volunteer role. Opportunities range from event-specific tasks to long-term governance positions. They’ll guide you through the process, ensuring you’re comfortable and confident in your role.

For more volunteer opportunities, check out Volunteer Now on our website for all the latest postings and information.

 

Kick Off 2024 by Volunteering

Kick Off 2024 by Volunteering

You never know what rewards may await you!

Want to start giving back in 2024? There is no better way to help your community than by volunteering!  Join over 40% of British Columbians and start volunteering this New Year. 

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience on so many levels. It can draw you into a community of like-minded folks dedicated to giving back to an idea, cause, or need. Consider a one-time commitment, short-term, long-term, or whatever works for you. Welcome the new year by volunteering for something that touches your heart. You never know what rewards may await you. 

Anne-Marie Koeppen

President, Volunteer BC

To make it even easier to get started, we at Volunteer BC have made an easy list to follow to find volunteer opportunities in your community:

1. Discover your local volunteer centre and check out the opportunities they offer!

Volunteer Centres are an essential part of every community. Each volunteer centre is unique to its region and is focused on promoting volunteering, offering resources and up-to-date opportunities. If you’re looking for local volunteer opportunities or community work to start your year, Volunteer Centres are the place to start!

To find your local Volunteer Centre check Volunteer BC’s Volunteer Centre Network  

To learn even more about Volunteer Centres and what they can do for you, download this Factsheet.

2. Find a volunteer position that works for you with Volunteer Now!

With over 29,000 Non-Profits in B.C. it is easy to find a position that works best for you. To find your perfect volunteer position check out Volunteer BC’s platform:  Volunteer Now a one-stop shop for all your volunteering needs. This platform allows you to search and apply for multiple positions all in one place, and you can also filter based on location, position type and more!

Volunteer Now is completely FREE for volunteers. Simply make an account and start looking for a position that interests you. 

It’s also important to stay safe and healthy while volunteering! Be sure to check out our Volunteer Safety Checklist for an easy guide on staying safe while finding a new volunteer position. 

3. Try something new through volunteering!

There is no better time to venture out of your comfort zone and try something new than at the beginning of the year! If you do not have a local volunteer centre there are many online options for finding new ways to help your community!

Check out these posting boards: Volunteer Connector, Charity Village,  iVolunteer or MeaningfulWork. Schools, colleges and universities often have volunteer posting boards. The Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform works in collaboration with Volunteer Centres nationwide to provide over 75,000 volunteer opportunities.

4. Update your skills and learn something new!

If you’re looking for a great New Year’s resolution, try adding new skills to your repertoire and learning something new! 

Volunteer BC hosts a training calendar which shows opportunities to upgrade your skills. This training will teach you about volunteering and the non-profit sector while also gaining valuable and applicable skills. 

Follow us now on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to hear about our new opportunities as soon as they are available!

Want even more detailed info on volunteering? Visit our Volunteer Resource page and download – I Want To Volunteer Handbook – an interactive step-by-step guide on how to go about finding that perfect volunteer position.

5. Join the volunteering community with a Volunteer BC Membership!

A Volunteer BC Individual Membership is another great way to become part of the volunteer community in BC in 2024. A membership not only shows your support to Volunteer BC you’ll also receive excellent benefits that will help you on your journey to being your best self volunteering in 2024. 

As a member, you receive our member’s member-only newsletter, new volunteer positions, and the latest updates on the non-profit sector. Sign-up now.

Volunteering is a great way to add meaning to your life, and there is no better time to start than the New Year! By following these 5 steps in 2024, you’ll be all set to learn new skills and make your community a better place. 

If you ever have any questions, please reach out to your local volunteer centre or Volunteer BC

2023 Volunteer BC & BCACG Conference Highlights

2023 Volunteer BC & BCACG Conference Highlights

Photo Highlights from Day 1 of the Volunteer BC & BCACG Conference.

17 speakers + 13 sessions = A SUCCESSFUL & REWARDING EVENT!

We re-connected, celebrated our successes, danced & laughed together – all in person!

On October 26 & 27, 2023 BC Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG) & Volunteer BC hosted our annual 2 day conference for Non-profits, Charities & Volunteers. Thank you to all who participated and took time to learn, discuss, rethink and reimagine the big issues of the sector today.

Photo Highlights from Day 2 of the Volunteer BC & BCACG Conference.