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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Apply Now: Summer Student Position

posted May 16, 2016, 10:25 AM by Josie Baker

Position: Escape-Room Game Facilitator & Summer Coordinator 

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Duration: Part time immediately; full time for 8 weeks over the summer; possibility of staying part time in the fall. 

Deadline for Applications: May 20, 2016 

Main Tasks & Responsibilities 

This individual will work part time as an Escape Room Facilitator as well as a Communications and Events Coordinator for the Voluntary Resource Centre. 

Game Facilitator for PEI Escape Rooms: 
This position requires a flexible schedule, punctuality, adaptability, innovative problem solving, a friendly demeanor, a team player, and excellent communication skills. Hours depend on bookings. 

Summer Coordinator: 
• Planning, coordinating and promoting events for the Voluntary Resource Council and member groups 
• Coordinating and hands-on assistance of the Desbrisay Community Garden leadership committee. 
• Updating the VRC and improving the current website. 
• Writing documents and letters. 
• Research fundraising opportunities for the VRC 
• Under the guidance of the VRC manager the student will assist VRC staff and VRC members and organizations as needed. 
• The student will perform other duties as required. 

The successful candidate must: 
• be comfortable working with diverse groups of people and diverse community organizations. 
• demonstrate a significant degree of involvement in the community through community groups, social justice or advocacy, art, volunteering, etc. 
• be able to write public relations materials and make phone calls. 
• be comfortable, patient, and upbeat when working with the public 
• be available to work Escape Rooms evenings and weekends, and hold regular office hours during the week, Tuesday – Friday 

• Fluency in languages other than English and French 
• experience & interest in gardening 
• interest in escape room games 
• experience teaching concepts or skills to children or adults 
• Interest in community and social justice issues 
• Please indicate any repair, art, programming, or “tinkering” skills 

To be eligible for this position, you must: 
a) be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; 
b) have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; 
c) be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or have official refugee protection status; 
d) be legally entitled to work in Canada. 

Send resume with a cover letter to Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R3 or email to vrc(at)eastlink.ca. 
Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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 Mar 30, 2016, 12:28 PM ]

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.

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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