The Comox Valley is seeking 1497 more volunteer(s).
Written by: Jessica Dawson
Volunteer Comox Valley offers referral services for individuals who are seeking volunteer experience and would like to be matched with suitable positions.
Recently, Volunteer Comox Valley has received an extensive number of requests from local organizations, seeking volunteers. These requests represent a dramatic increase in the number of volunteer positions available. According to the Volunteer Comox Valley’s online volunteer directory, local organizations are currently seeking a total of 1300 individual community members to fill these positions – a 36% increase since August 1st 2013. “The increase is not surprising as many organizations are beginning their volunteer recruitment campaigns for the fall,” says Tyler Voigt, Executive Director of Volunteer Comox Valley. “Some organizations offer a rotation of services and require extra support later in the year.”
In volunteerism, if an individual’s skill sets are not utilized they can be left feeling undervalued, or even uncommitted. In addition, some volunteer positions are difficult to fill due to skill sets required. Voigt addresses these issues, “Our role is to provide as much information as possible so that our volunteers can feel motivated to contribute time within our community, and to be comfortable in a setting in which they are most familiar.” On the whole, many volunteers are finding enjoyment in their work and state that they are receiving as much as they are giving.
Volunteer Advisors are available to assess an individual’s needs and skills to ensure they are comfortable and understand the process of becoming a volunteer and how important their role is to our community. For more information on the positions available, or to set up a referral appointment contact Volunteer Comox Valley at 250-334-8063. To view volunteer opportunities visit Volunteer Comox Valley online: www.volunteercomoxvalley.ca