Kin Blog

Improving your Website

Dec 17, 2014 Laura Hamilton

I recently attended a website information session put on by REM web solutions. The following are tips about improving your website.

First thing, first: Content. Figure out what information you’re going to put on your site. Do your Research. Look at what other Kin clubs and service clubs have on their websites.  Look at what Kin Canada and your district site promote.  Make sure you’ll have the time to update content that requires it.  TIP:  Don’t waste time and space duplicating content that’s on KinCanada.ca. You can set up your pages to link to ours.  We update our “Kin History,” “HREF & Bursaries info,”  “About Us,” and member resources regularly.

Social Media Advice

Nov 26, 2014 Laura Hamilton

Why create a social media presence:

  • Build brand awareness – tell your community what Kin is about
  • Establish your club and educate your audience
  • Connect with donors, community, potential members, and other Kin clubs
  • Promote events and drive donations

How to create a social media presence:

  • Take a few minutes and make a social media plan – channel, content ideas, post frequency
  • You don’t need to be everywhere – pick 1 or 2 channels that make sense.  Facebook and Twitter are probably the best for club promotion. It’s better to do 1 well than 6 sporadically. 

Hello from National President Ron

Nov 14, 2014 Ron Hanishewsky

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.

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.