Background Information and Resources

For the resources and research data available about the different types of volunteer groups your organization might host, click on the appropriate link.

- Employee Groups

- Student Groups

- Family Groups 

Employee Groups

Employee Volunteering - Connecting Companies to Communities. published by Imagine Canada, 2007.

Summary: Is your nonprofit organization struggling to find suitable volunteers? Have you considered approaching businesses in your community?  These resources can help you work with businesses in your community to involve employee volunteers.

The benefits and challenges of employer-supported volunteerism. Published by Volunteer Canada, 2001.

Summary:  This document addresses the impact, opportunities and challenges that not-for-profits face when they involve employer-supported volunteers. It is also designed to teach voluntary organizations how to understand, and respond to, the emerging trend of employer supported volunteerism. This manual offers ideas, tips and strategies on how not-for-profits can incorporate employer-supported volunteers into their operations, and consider the benefits and challenges of including Canadian companies in a vision of giving. It also presents many questions that each not-for-profit must consider in light of its own needs and goals. 


Student Groups

Making it Happen!  A guide for small organisations on how to involve student volunteers. Published by Student Volunteering England. 2005.

Summary: We know you have exciting opportunities for student volunteers to be involved in your organisation and this guide will tell you how to make it happen!




Family Groups

Family Volunteering:  The Final Report.  Published by Volunteer Canada, 2003.

Summary:The report describes methodology and results, and also delivers ananalysis of the insights gained and recommendations generated to guide the next steps of the Family Volunteering Initiative.

Family Volunteering - Making It Official. Published by Volunteer Canada, 2004.

Summary: In this manual examines the realities that family groups experience, what motivates them to volunteer, their preferences and needs as they relate to volunteering, as well as benefits and challenges to be considered. The manual also addresses the unique elements organizations need to plan for when integrating family groups into their volunteer program. Finally, the manual provides tools, resources and useful links.