Assignments for Skilled Volunteers: A Winnipeg Example

Spark matches volunteers to non-profit assignments

Spark places volunteers with specialized skills on short term projects in Winnipeg community organizations that need those skills.

In 2012, Spark expects some 200 request for services from organizations to do projects requiring a wide range of skills.

Spark is looking for all kinds of skills, including: accounting and bookkeeping, architectural design, board governance, building renovation, information technology, landscape design, legal advice, social enterprise development, strategic planning, sustainability planning and website design...

Volunteers who express their interest to Spark by phone or internet meet with a Spark staff person to share information about specific skills, experience and availability. Spark then looks for an organization that needs this kind of help, which may or may not happen quickly.

Geoff Ripat, program coordinator, emphasizes that they want to ensure that both the volunteer and the participating organization benefit from each project: "We connect you with organizations that need your input and specific skills to carry out a time-limited assignment. Our work with organizations before you meet them helps ensure your contribution will be a good use of your valuable volunteer time."

Here's their promotional video: