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Thanks to our alumni who are continuously generous with their time and energy. The spirit of our volunteers help to make events at USask even more memorable and fun!
The USask Alumni Volunteer program is always recruiting volunteers with a little or a lot of time to spare! If you’re interested in getting involved visit our current volunteer opportunities page.
Boards and Committees
Are you looking to stay connected to the University, share your expertise and help guide strategy? USask is looking for alumni volunteers to fill positions in Senate and on the Alumni Advisory Board.
Volunteers are a vital part of our USask Alumni community, on campus and around the world. Their dedication positively impacts alumni and students with the gift of their time, talent and treasure.
Resources and Tools
We are committed to supporting our Alumni Volunteers with the resources, recruitment tools and information necessary to successfully carry out your role.
Volunteer engagement practices are guided by the Canadian Code of Volunteer Involvement, a set of 14 standards developed to support and enhance engagement within organizations while also protecting volunteers and the organization during the volunteer’s term of involvement.
Volunteering is a two-way relationship—it provides you with the opportunity to contribute to addressing an identified need while gaining valuable skills and exploring various interests, but also assists in delivering programs.
Benefits of Volunteering: Volunteer Canada's Value of Volunteer Wheel - illustrates the many benefits of volunteering
For decades volunteers have been taken for granted. Millions of volunteers have been the backbone of community and organizational programs for the delivery of services. They have built the community life we have come to enjoy. But things have changed and continue to change quickly. These societal changes require new structures and new methods of involving and working with volunteers. Research and trends confirm that things need to be done differently. Changes in demographics, technology, work, leisure, values and mobility, plus expectations and motivations of volunteers all contribute to why we need to rethink our methods of involvement. There are also changes that have increased standards, accountability and liability associated with volunteers. Consequently, we must attend more carefully to the roles and responsibilities of volunteers and how we involve them.
We have compiled some of the essential resources of volunteer management wisdom, practice and theory. There is a quickly growing body of literature on volunteer program management available both online and in hard copy, making more detailed information easily accessible. We have included links to some of these materials as well.
The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization.
The Guide for Cultural Competency Application of the Canadian Code is designed to assist managers of volunteers to incorporate a Cultural Competence perspective in their application of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. It re-frames the Code as a tool to increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of volunteer programs, which in turn, will lead to diverse and stronger organizations that are responsive to Newcomers and the community at large.
National Occupational Standards for Managers of Volunteer Resource was published by the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector in 2012. This document provides an occupational framework for managers of volunteer resources, including skills and competencies required for the occupation, guidelines for responsibilities and performance evaluation, and suggestions for professional development.
Volunteer Screening Handbook is a joint Volunteer Canada and Public Safety Canada publication that provides tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities, and reduce risks and liability within volunteer organizations.
Understanding the Landscape/Trends/Research:
Alumni and Friends: Interested in volunteering? Let us know!
Regional alumni networks help alumni meet, volunteer, learn, connect and support what is happening at the University of Saskatchewan.
USask relies on the financial support of alumni and friends to assist us in funding bursaries, scholarships, research projects and many other critical student initiatives.