January Bracelet: Winter Magic

Thank a Volunteer Bracelet  for January, 2020

Scroll to view bracelet. Volunteers thanked so far, and earning ballots include:

Name of January Bracelet:

“Magic of Winter”

The January bracelet is called “Magic of Winter” to remind us of the magic of winter and the beauty it has, if we only open our hearts and minds to see it.

– Sarah MacDonald-Miles, Links of Love.

Bracelet by Links of Love. For more click here.

And the winner of Magic of Winter bracelet is…

…stay tuned.

Volunteer from home

Not everyone is able or wanting to attend meetings, work in crowds, or even with people, or be available on someone else’s schedule – some people stay up all night.

If you or someone you know fits this loose description, please know there volunteer jobs you can do online.

One of my favourite places to go is www.zooniverse.org.

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.


You can look at microscope slides, translate manuscripts, transcribe handwritten historical documents, you can watch live feeds of animals in their habitats and report on their activities, you can classify birds, kelp and even xrays of human eye balls.

There are always directions; most tasks are pretty straight forward!

I am currently transcribing Anti-Slavery manuscripts housed at the Boston Public Library. They are handwritten letters between anti-slavery activists during the 19th century. I will admit, it takes a bit of perseverance in the beginning, to read the letters as the writing style is a little different, but if you can’t, you just move on. No need to download anything or even join! Just start transcribing. This particular project is not supported on mobiles or tablets. But lots of other projects that are. https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/

Visit www.zooniverse.org to find a volunteer job just for you.


Non-profits can take advantage of free resources like Canva.com for creating logos, posters, headers, presentations, Facebook covers, Instagram and Twitter posts, business cards and more. There are free templates, backgrounds, frames, photos, illustrations, animated posts and so much more. You can pay for special photos or illustrations – a buck a piece – but all the photos I copied into the frame below were free.

This grid and all these Fall inspired photos are free at Canva.com. IMAGE The Volunteer News PHOTOS Canva

You can add shapes and choose the transparency. Add text.

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Canva let’s you change background.

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Canva provides loads of fonts and allows you to choose transparencies of images and shapes you choose.

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Save your photo (jpg, png and pdf options) and then put it in one of dozens of frames. Canva allows you to upload any image and use it with their features.

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Canva.com is a free resource for everyone.

I can’t talk about Canva and not mention that kids LOVE playing around with Canva.com.

Canada’s non-profit & volunteer sector

“Economic activity in the non-profit sector totalled $169.2 billion in 2017, representing 8.5% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).” HOWEVER, this does not account for volunteer HOURS. “…volunteer activities—which are … not included in standard macroeconomic measures—would have added a further $41.8 Billion to the economy in 2013 (the most recent year of available data), representing 22.3% of non-profit GDP that year.”

SOURCE: Statistics Canada, (2019) Non-profit institutions and volunteering: Economic contribution, 2007 to 2017, https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190305/dq190305a-eng.htm, RETRIEVED October 2, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Recruiting Strategy: Diversity.

The more diverse a group, the more creative the group. And, fun 🙂

But, how does one ensure the recruitment strategy will attract a diverse population of volunteers?

A couple of tips pulled from www.volunteer.ca and bumped up.

TIP ONE – Say it

Be sure your marketing materials and communications state that you are looking for volunteers of all abilities, that the organization strives for inclusivity, that you are an equal opportunity organization (because everyone has the right to volunteer!) and consider removing identifying information from the review process and make skills, experience and interest the focus of forms and interviews.

TIP TWO – Show it

Be sure your marketing and materials SHOW inclusivity. Choose images that represent the diversity of volunteers.

Finding Images

For volunteer driven organizations, free is often essential. Here is an overview of websites where non-profits can locate great photographs and images free of charge – or with a small charge – by Tech Soup, here is the webpage.

Using Images

Same article in Tech Soup provides short and good primer for non-profits on how to use and credit the images. https://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/finding-and-using-images-for-your-nonprofit

IMAGE: TheVolunteerNews.com PHOTO: Canva.com