Welcome to a new Kin year. A little late for a welcome as many clubs are already into the thick of things, underway and off to a running start. Already Kin Canada has experienced a hand full of Life Memberships to begin the year.
Congratulations to those recipients and thank you for your commitment to Kin Canada over your “Kin Career”. You have joined an elite group of members and it is now your responsibility to be sure to continue to mentor the new members. Kin Canada has also experienced a handful of new club charters for the start of the year.
Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs serve the community’s greatest need. Donating blood is a nation-wide need that touches most every Canadian so Kin is formally reviving our relationship with Canadian Blood Services.
Age and Generation makes a difference when communicating. Especially when it comes to communication methods, work attitudes and feedback expectations. Check out this post for some things to remember when communicating cross-generationally.
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.
Currently, our most active discussion topic is Grandfathering the K-40. The status of these affiliate clubs is a little confusing; so from the office newbie, here are the highlights of K-40 and K-ette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We give so much of ourselves as volunteers, and sometimes we lose balance in our lives. Work-life balance is one thing, but even more special and elusive is the work-life-volunteer balance.