About Us

We're on a mission to empower Peterborough and mobilize our collective talents for good

Volunteer Peterborough was founded in 2023 with the goal of identifying and overcoming barriers to volunteerism, while also celebrating those who participate.

We are a dedicated community focused on bolstering the social fabric of the Peterborough-Nogojiwanong region. We bridge the gap between local individuals eager to lend their time and talent, and Peterborough organizations in need of those very skills.

Our vision is to create a caring, connected community where every person can easily find a role where they can contribute their time and talents.

Our Plan

Building a robust framework for Peterborough's volunteering ecosystem
01

Recruiting Volunteers

To ensure a continuous inflow of dedicated individuals, we are championing initiatives that emphasize the importance of volunteer recruitment, ensuring every organization gets the helping hands they need.

02

Training Programs

With our partners, we’re offering tailored training programs. A well-prepared volunteer is an asset, ensuring that their contributions align with the needs of the non-profits they serve.

03

Retaining Enthusiasm

Retention is as crucial as recruitment. By fostering a welcoming environment and acknowledging volunteers’ efforts, we aim to keep the spirit of voluntarism alive and vibrant.

04

Celebrating Achievements

Every volunteer story is a testament to selflessness and community growth. We take pride in celebrating these stories, honoring every individual who steps forward.

Our Values

Community Connection

Peterborough thrives when its people unite. We believe in the power of community connections, ensuring every person can find a role where they make a positive impact.

Inclusivity & Accessibility

Volunteering should be accessible to all. We strive to remove barriers, ensuring everyone can contribute regardless of their background, skills, or age.

Partnership & Collaboration

Alone, our reach is limited. Together with our dedicated partners, our potential is limitless. Collaboration is at the heart of our efforts, amplifying our impact across Peterborough.

Our Responsibilities and Yours

Volunteer Peterborough is a not-for-profit organization providing services that enable individual persons who desire to volunteer with not-for-profit and community organizations, to contact and be informed of the purpose and volunteer requirements of the organizations. Volunteer Peterborough is solely an introducing and co-ordinating service, offering volunteers and organizations opportunity to meet.

Individuals and organizations who use the information services of Volunteer Peterborough are solely responsible for recruitment, selection, screening, vetting, training and engagement of volunteers with whom the organization wishes to engage. Persons and organizations who reference and use the information services of Volunteer Peterborough acknowledge Volunteer Peterborough, its employees, agents, sponsors, officers and directors do not endorse, provide reference, recommend or otherwise sanction either prospective volunteers or recruiting organizations. 

The entire relationship of organizations engaging volunteers, volunteers evaluating organizations and all conduct, activities and any and all liabilities, damages and causes of actions arising from the relationship of volunteer organization engagement is solely that of the individual or organizations.  Volunteer Peterborough accepts no responsibility or liability for the success or failure of any volunteer/organization relationship or for any fraud, theft, criminal activity or loss of any kind arising from the services of Volunteer Peterborough.

 

Our Land Acknowledgement

Volunteer Peterborough acknowledges that those of us who are settlers are uninvited guests occupying Traditional Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Territory, associated with the Williams Treaty of 1923. We are grateful that the Indigenous peoples of this territory, and Turtle Island as a whole, have been caretakers and inhabitants of the land since time immemorial. Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg teachings, ceremonies, language, and traditions are intrinsic to the territory and should dually be respected with our own ways of living.

We honour that we are located in Nogojiwanong, the Anishinaabe word for “place at the end of the rapids” of the Odenabe river. Nogojiwanong was ‘renamed’ by settlers to Peterborough, however, we must honour that the Anishinaabe name of Nogojiwanong was never changed by the Nishnaabeg people. As well, we acknowledge the Nishnaabe name for the river that flows through Nogojiwanong as “Otonabee” is an anglicized version of Odenabe.

We have a responsibility to foster respectful relationships with the communities and peoples of Curve Lake First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Further, those who are settlers on this territory need to be accountable for the impacts of settler colonialism on Indigenous peoples and work towards decolonization. To do so, we must create space for Indigenous peoples, communities, teachings, ceremonies, and traditions as well as break down the barriers  constructed by colonization. We must take action to work with Indigenous peoples and the land. We must recognize and address the ongoing issues for Indigenous peoples that are perpetuated by colonizers, colonialism and the government.