The Voluntary Resource Council was founded to strengthen communication and cooperation amongst the voluntary sector on P.E.I, and to provide services and information. The Council owns and operates the Voluntary Resource Centre. The Centre is a hub of activity where members can access information and affordable services. The VRC rents affordable offices and provides a free meeting room for members.

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Volunteer Seniors in Action

posted Sep 14, 2015, 11:42 AM by Josie Baker

Media Release

August 28, 2015

Project Reference Group: Flora Thompson, Alice Sullivan, Marie Burge, Sylvie Arsenault, Josie Baker

The Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) is beginning a new project for 2015-16, called

Volunteer Seniors In Action. The aims of this initiative are: to build capacity for seniors’ volunteer leadership in community groups that have non-senior-specific mandates.

The project consists of 5 three-hour sessions of instruction and skills-development for work in non-senior-specific voluntary organizations. About 10 seniors will participate in these interactive training sessions and will design ways of promoting other seniors to be more involved and self-confident. Each of the five sessions will feature a senior guest presenter, already engaged in a leadership capacity in a non-senior specific organization. The categories of organizations which the presenters will represent are: service clubs; social movements; coalitions; advocacy; and front-line service.

We are aware of the wealth of knowledge of seniors involved in the leadership of so many community-based organizations. We want to give other seniors an opportunity to share in this rich experience” says Sylvie Arsenault, Manager of the VRC. She continues. “We are proud that members of a former VRC seniors’ training program are taking leadership as organizers of Volunteer Seniors In Action”.

The VRC knows from experience how enthusiastic seniors are about having an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills with other seniors. The themes of the program are important, but even more significant is the way that participants appreciate and inspire each other during the training sessions.

The Volunteer Seniors In Action training will include presentations and interactive workshops on: re-kindling and up-dating the spirit of the founders of your organization; communicating your organization’s purpose and current work to your own members and to the wider community; recruiting, nurturing, and retiring volunteers; cooperating with others in coalitions; discovering and accessing funding for your organization.

The Training Program will be held at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St. Charlottetown on Thursdays, 10:00 am -1:00 pm, beginning October 22, 2015 and ending November 19, 2015.

The Volunteer Seniors In Action project is funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program of Human Resources. The project is managed by a five-person reference group, including seniors’ representatives. The training program will be designed and directed by Cooper Institute.

For more information and to enroll in the training program, contact Sylvie Arsenault by phone (902) 368-7337 or e-mail vrc@eastlink.ca.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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Contact: Sylvie Arsenault 902-368-7337

Our Fundraiser: PEI Escape Rooms!

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:35 AM by Josie Baker   [ updated Jun 9, 2015, 11:54 AM ]

or check out our Facebook Page!
The premise is simple. You and your friends are locked in a room and must escape! Throughout the room, you will find clues and solve puzzles to find your way out. Will you be escaping from a haunted house? Or are you investigating an inspector? Make sure you escape in time!
Escape rooms are a fun activity for a group of friends, family adventures, or team building for colleagues. Live Action Escape Room games began in Japan and have spread the world over, and the first escape in PEI is here in Charlottetown.

Regular Price:

$36/2 people

$50/3 people

$64/4 people

Teams of 5-10 players pay $15 each

Teams must also give a damage deposit, which is immediately refunded after the game. 


Pre-registration required! 

To register contact VRC(at)eastlink.ca or call 902 368 7337

Or drop by the Voluntary Resource Centre at  81 Prince Street

2014 VRC Art Project Launch!

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:33 AM by Josie Baker

The Voluntary Resource Centre received funding from PEI 2014 Fund to commission an art piece for the outside wall of the Centre. The art piece celebrates the themes of Active Community, Civic Engagement, Human Rights, and Inclusion. The artist, Warren Christopher Reeson, is working with teens who participate in Murphy's Community Centre programs to complete the project. The unveiling is happening with a party, weather permitting.

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 - 4:00 Refreshments provided 

Annual Outstanding Volunteer Awards and Breakfast Fundraiser

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:32 AM by Josie Baker

Murphy’s Community Centre Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 @ 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet Silent & Live Auction

Join us as we celebrate the voluntary sector and recognize a few of the many Island volunteers who give so much to their communities and organizations.
Tickets available at the Voluntary Resource Centre and from Board members. 

Accessibility Fund

posted Jun 10, 2013, 9:39 AM by Sylvie Arsenault   [ updated Jun 10, 2013, 11:19 AM ]

The Enabling Accessibility Fund of Human Resources & Skills Development Canada provided us with a grant which covers two-thirds of the cost to make our building accessible to persons with physical disabilities. We have been widening door ways, building ramps, and redesigning the kitchen and bathroom. We need your help to fundraise the remaining one-third of the cost for renovations. There are a few ways you can do this:
Buy Tickets to See Anne & Gilbert
Campbell Webster has agreed to donate $10 to our fund with every Anne & Gilbert ticket purchased by June 22nd. Here is how you can help:

1) Visit www.AnneAndGilbert.com to purchase tickets online.
2) Enter the promo code VRC when purchasing tickets. This will reduce all tickets purchased by $5 and also trigger an additional $10 per ticket donation to the VRC.
Make a Financial Contribution
If you are able to make a monetary donation, you can make a cheque payable to Voluntary Resource Council and send it to 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, C1A 4R3. You may also donate online at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s12217. All donations are eligible for a receipt for income tax purposes.
This project has been a dream of ours for years, so we would really appreciate your support.
Thank you!

Offices for rent!

posted Apr 16, 2013, 11:12 AM by Sylvie Arsenault   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 11:14 AM ]

The VRC currently has three offices for rent! We are a welcoming, co-working environment. Most offices are occupied by members: voluntary, community organizations & small businesses.

Please visit our rental page for more information.

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