Volunteer Peterborough is thrilled to introduce its first Volunteer Program Manager. The dynamic organization, in partnership with Peterborough Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce and Telecare, welcomes Geneviève Ramage to the role.
Now, she can support organizations and volunteers as they seek the right match in Peterborough. Geneviève works out of the Chamber office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. You can reach her via email@example.com or 705-874-0073.
Geneviève was most recently Communications Coordinator with GreenUP and worked at the Night Kitchen. As a lifelong volunteer, she has shared her passion and skills with non-profits in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, Tkaronto/Toronto and Gurrumbilbarra/Townsville Australia. With a degree in Humanities, she looks forward to building more capacity at Volunteer Peterborough.
“With my expertise in building sustainable symbiotic relationships and experience in coordination and communications, I look forward to building more capacity at Volunteer Peterborough,” Geneviève says .
“Having an employee to liaise with both member organizations and volunteers will allow Volunteer Peterborough to move forward even more quickly,” explains Founder and Steering Committee Chair Lois Tuffin. “We will be able to recruit more volunteers and pair them up with organizations in need.”
Telecare supports volunteer program manager
Telecare has contributed a large endowment to support this first staff position. Telecare Peterborough has two mandates: the first is active listening for people struggling. The second mandate is to provide opportunities for people to volunteer in their community. The extended idea of that is to recognize the importance of and to support volunteerism in the community.
As Telecare Peterborough’s Coordinator Merrill Graham-Alton explains, “the Board of Directors was very keen to be part of a group working to increase volunteerism in community.” She goes on to say, “many Telecare volunteers volunteer elsewhere. The opportunity to volunteer in multiple places is very enriching for Telecare’s volunteers.”
Volunteer Peterborough has been working behind the scenes for more than a year to create partnerships for a viable and easy-to-use system for volunteers and organizations to find each other. As a result, an online portal works like a dating or employment site to matches skills and availability with groups’ needs.
All of these services will also be available in person, thanks to an arrangement with the Peterborough Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce. Geneviève will work out of the Chamber offices at 175 George Street North.
Anyone in the Peterborough area can sign up at Volunteer Peterborough to look for roles to suit them. Organizations and sports leagues can also post listings, although each group must be vetted first. This precaution protects prospective volunteers, particularly students. Since going live in September, Volunteer Peterborough has signed up more than 70 organizations and more than 400 volunteers.