Kin Blog

Utilizing High School Volunteers

Sep 15, 2014 Laura Hamilton

Canadians seek different volunteer experiences throughout their lifespans as their circumstances and priorities change. Traditionally, volunteering has been a feel-good way to give back to the community; but now, it has also become a means for young people to gain skills for the labour market. A lot of Canadian high school students need 30-40 volunteer hours as a requirement to graduate. Having students help with your Kin events is a win for both you and them.

We Must Not Forget Education

Jun 17, 2014 Lindsay Irvine

I have been a police officer for 19 years. I have seen families from all walks of life, those with a great deal and those without. I quickly learned that it didn’t matter how many parents or how much money, what does matter is how much love there is in the home, rules and guidance for children and role models in a young adult’s life. Anyone can influence the life of a child, even a stranger.

Communication & Inclusiveness

May 20, 2014 Lindsay Irvine

Keeping in touch is so important - whether it’s with donors, members of an organization or club like Kin Canada, and especially friends and family.  Here at Kin Canada, one of our values is inclusiveness. We seek involvement from our diverse communities, and to do so, we cannot rely on social media and email alone.  

Volunteer Centres: Your Community Hub

Apr 10, 2014 Lindsay Irvine

As National Volunteer Week draws to a close, I hope you feel valued and appreciated by your community and those who benefit from your gifts of time and energy. If you are part of Kin, not only do you volunteer for your club’s specific events and causes, but you might also have involvement in helping grow membership and recruiting extra volunteers.  Volunteer Centres are a pillar in any community and are there to serve volunteers, non-profits, and as a result, the community’s needs. Connecting with your local volunteer centre has many benefits - some obvious, and some less known.

Non-Profit Storytelling

Mar 11, 2014 Lauren MacDonald-Schlaht

With the emergence (and dominance) of social media and other online tools in our daily lives, getting through to your audience can be tricky at times. How do you get through to someone who is constantly seeing ads, jumping around different social media sites and scanning headlines but rarely reading full stories throughout the day? One way is through storytelling, and telling your story properly.