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Change the World Markham Youth Resources:

Job and Volunteer Search Skills during Covid Presentation (with the Y GTA and Volunteer Markham)

Youth Week Calendar – May 1 – 7, 2021


York Region:  Covid-19 Workplace Vaccination Policy Sample Template  (for guidance only)

Confirmation of Essential Volunteering Letter Template

Case Study/Success Stories:

Routes Connecting Community (Working with volunteer drivers and reducing social isolation)

Regeneration (Safety first In service)

Fun Online Digital Game (great for virtual meetings):


Free On-line Training:

Orientation to Volunteerism: Whether you are volunteering to give back to the community, to be engaged in the community, or responding to an urgent need; whatever the reason maybe, you are building the capacity to deliver essential programs and services for the community. This orientation to volunteerism, is designed for you to have a thorough understanding of what it means to volunteer in Canada, and how you play an important role that will make your community a better place for everyone. Visit to register and access the course.

Online Course Shines a Spotlight on Mental Health in the Workplac

Watch videos related to volunteering in essential service sectors:

Link to our recorded Live Conversation about Volunteering and Food Insecurity (learn from Food Bank representatives volunteering during the pandemic)

Link to our recorded Live Conversation about Volunteer Drivers (learn about the growing demand for volunteer drivers in the pandemic)

Link to our recorded conversation about engaging Youth Volunteers during the pandemic (hear from Pledges for Change, a youth team focusing on youth volunteerism during the pandemic, and organizations who are engaging youth volunteers)

Hospital and Healthcare Volunteer Engagement Video 

Useful Resources and Learning:

Volunteer Canada: The Volunteering Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Resources, Legislation and Learning Modules)

Covid-19 Self Assessment (a tool to self-assess prior to engaging in the community)

Budget 2021 Summary for Charities and Non Profits

Canada Helps:  The Giving Report 2021

COVID-19 How to Volunteer During the Pandemic

YMCA and Volunteer Markham present a Student Job and Volunteer Skills presentation: How to Job Search during Covid-19

StatsCanVolunteering Counts:  Formal and information contributions of Canadians in 2018.  Statistics Canada released an article that sheds light on the important contributions and dedication of volunteers in Canada. While the latest data on volunteering predate the pandemic, they provide a baseline for measuring the impact of the pandemic on volunteerism. 

StatsCan: Covid-19Volunteering in Canada, Challenges and Opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic 

The State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector three months into the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 Surveys

Upholding New Safety Rules

Privacy and Data Security

Applying Covid-19  Rules and By-Laws for volunteers

Update on Vaccination Policies in Canada by Gowling WLG

Three Reasons to Ring in 2021!  Looking 20 years back and 20 years forward

Together Project:  Learning from the shift to virtual volunteering

Explore Virtual Volunteering

NEW:  Youth Virtual Volunteer Engagement Playbook

Headline News on the impact of Covid 19 and the Charitable Sector

Provincial Volunteer Programs:

Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) #Buildbackbetter campaign:  Open Letter

Foundation Magazine addressing volunteerism across Canada and OVCN article: “Speaking up on Volunteerism”. (Page 18)  

Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) Training

Provincial Volunteer Recognition Program ACHIEVE

Impact of COVID-19 on Volunteer Engagement Survey

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement:

Ensure your organization has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (Since 2000, many organizations across Canada have  adopted The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.  The document outlines standards of practice in volunteer management. While the code is not enforced by any agency, it has provided a framework for decision-making, and has helped organizations involve volunteers in more meaningful ways)

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021!

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.   To help celebrate this national wide event, Volunteer Canada has prepared a complete Campaign Kit for you to use!