Municipality announces social profit as lead organization to facilitate community support
By Katie Loutit, FuseSocial
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced FuseSocial will lead the recovery volunteer management post-wildfire in Fort McMurray. FuseSocial is a local organization that facilitates connecting registered volunteers with social profit organizations or individuals in need of volunteer support.
Individuals interested in volunteering to help with the recovery efforts, and organizations or individuals looking for volunteers, are encouraged to register via FuseSocial’s volunteer matching service at www.wbvolunteers.ca.
Volunteers can create a profile where they identify their specific skills and the types of social profit organizations they would like the work with. Volunteers can also set up alerts to notify them when positions are posted within their areas of interest or specific skill set (e.g. wildfire recovery, animal care, etc).
Social profit organizations seeking volunteers can similarly create an account on the website and post their volunteer opportunities, also identifying the skills they may need in their future volunteers. Volunteer openings will be automatically cross-referenced with existing volunteer profiles and organizations will be notified when a match occurs. Social profits can also browse through the volunteer profiles and directly contact volunteers.
Individuals looking for assistance following the wildfire can also register their needs through the Helping Hands program, which is intended to connect individuals with volunteers in a similar capacity. Individuals can register for this service by signing up at www.woodbuffalovolunteers.ca/helping-hands. Volunteers interested in participating with Helping Hands can also reach out to these individual postings directly.
Individuals and organizations looking for more information can contact FuseSocial directly by phone at 780-791-9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The municipality also encourages those interested in donating their time or expertise to helping recovery efforts to use new or existing social media platforms, community organizations, social clubs and/or faith-based groups to organize citizen-led volunteering.
FuseSocial exists to enhance the capacity of individual Wood Buffalo social profit organizations, to create collective influence for better sector representation and to encourage and facilitate the development of community volunteers and leaders.
FuseSocial has developed www.wbvolunteers.ca to assist in building volunteer capacity within the social sector.WBVolunteers.ca will be instrumental in assisting the rebuilding of Wood Buffalo. This unique volunteer matching website connects volunteers to volunteer opportunities throughout our region. FuseSocial will continue to work closely with organizations/social profits and industry to assist in coordinating large groups of volunteers to assist in rebuilding our community.