Building a Diverse Volunteer Program

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities working together is a key principle to creating a more resilient nonprofit organization and sector.

Diversity enables nonprofit organizations to tap into a wider pool of potential volunteers, with varying skill sets and professional qualities. Recruitment of diverse volunteers increases the organization’s capacity to engage with the entire community and promotes mutual understanding, dispelling misconceptions in the community.

In this session, participants who work with volunteers are invited to learn more about how to implement engagement and management practices with respect to:

  • Cultural Diversity 
  • Age Demographic 
  • Persons with Disabilities 

Please bring your questions and concerns to the workshop as there will be a chance to ask questions and participate in a “Soap Box”.

Target Audience: Anyone who works with volunteers, Volunteer Managers/Coordinators

About the Presenters:

Lori Francis and Jennifer Bate, Access Voluntarism Coordinator, Hutton House Learning Centre
Together, Lori and Jen coordinate a unique volunteer program within Hutton House that matches interested participants with a disability to volunteer opportunities at not for profit agencies in London. Currently they oversee 100 volunteers at 50 different community partner agencies, working to ensure the needs are met of both participant and agency. The program was recognized in 2013 with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

Dharshi Lacey, Diversity Program Manager, Pillar Nonprofit Network
Dharshi is the Diversity Program Manager at Pillar Nonprofit Network, implementing the DiverseCity onBoard program designed to connect qualified visible minority and under-represented immigrants to agencies, boards, and commissions in the public and nonprofit sectors. She has worked as a Diversity Consultant assisting nonprofit boards assess their organizations’, cultural competency and develop action plans to develop more inclusive practices within their board recruitment, board policy, strategic planning and Executive Director accountabilities.

Kristen Loblaw, Administrator, Volunteer Services, London Public Library
As Administrator of Volunteer Services with the London Public Library, Kristen overs sees over 400 volunteers a year ranging in age from 14-80. She is a respected professional with extensive experience in nonprofits, the arts and social services. Kristen views herself as an orchestrator being able to pull together people and resources to effectively fill needs of her busy organization. She is able to determine potential in people and opportunities ensuring success no matter what their age.


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