Is your organization looking for new ways to recognize your hard-working volunteers? Does your organization engage newcomers and/or youth volunteers who want to gain work-related experience? Would you like to assist volunteers in their employment searches?
The Volunteer Experience Recognition Program or VERP is a standardized Canada-wide certification that can help students, new Yukoners, or mature workers find a job or enter college through volunteer recognition.
Issuing a VERP certificate is a way for your staff or Board to officially document a volunteer’s contributions to your organization using terminology that employers recognize. Think of it as a kind of written reference.
VERP can benefit non-profits by:
- Helping to attract new volunteers
- Assisting in identifying volunteer positions
- Describing exactly what skills and abilities you require of each volunteer position
- Identifying volunteer training requirements
- Helping retain volunteers by recognizing the true value of their involvement
A VERP certificate highlights the:
- Skills developed by a volunteer
- Experiences gained by a volunteer
- Tasks and activities a volunteer was responsible for
- The description of "skills" and "experiences" on VERP is based on guidelines and terminology recognized by employers
VBY will provide your volunteer manager with a free 20-minute training session on how to use the free on-line program that enables non-profit organizations to print VERP certificates for your volunteers.
If you are interested in providing your volunteers with a VERP certificate, please contact Bruno at (867) 456-4304 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.