In response to COVID-19, Together Project's staff and volunteers had to quickly adapt and pivot their programs in order to continue providing social support to newcomers in Canada. While their new model is only a few months in the making, Together Project has learned a great deal about how to set up an online volunteering program.
In this webinar, hear from Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk as they share their insights, including:
- How to get started setting up an online volunteering program;
- Tips and tools to develop a greater capacity to onboard and train volunteers remotely;
- Benefits and challenges of online volunteering;
- How online volunteering can help vulnerable demographics––from equipping volunteers to tackle new challenges, such as helping newcomers access digital devices, to familiarizing newcomers with video conferencing apps, navigating financial supports, setting up food bank deliveries for isolated seniors, and more.
About Together Project
About the Speakers
Anna Hill is the management lead and co-founder of Together Project with a focus on communications, impact and community programs including, the Welcome Groups for Refugee Claimants pilot program, the Newcomer Urban Nature Access Pass Program and the Ritz-Carlton Newcomer Hospitality Program. With her co-director, Anna has helped develop Together Project's emergent response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a new model of volunteer “remote social support” for refugee newcomers.
Andrew Lusztyk is the programs lead for Together Project. Prior to moving to Toronto, Andrew spent six years designing, implementing, and assessing community development initiatives in three continents. Since co-founding Together Project, he has been developing and directing its flagship Welcome Group Program across Ontario.