The Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC) is hoping that individuals and organizations will make a commitment to help strengthen the Rainbow Community in Waterloo Region by volunteering with the WRRC!
As a completely volunteer-run organization (with many volunteers working full-time or actively involved in other community efforts), we understand that knowing the time commitments of various positions is important. WRRC works to adjust opportunities to fit the availability of our volunteers – keeping time commitments to a few hours a week, few hours a month or even a few hours per year.
Do you represent a business, service, or governmental organization serving the Waterloo Region? If so, consider becoming a part of the Rainbow Community Council (lick on the link for more information).
Are you an individual interested in volunteering with the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition? If so review the volunteer opportunities below and complete our Volunteer Sign-Up Form to let us know your area of interest. These opportunities include:
- Communications Coordinator
- Community Engagement Volunteers
- Fundraising Director
- General Volunteer
- Queer Night Out (QNO) Coordinator & Volunteers
- OutinWaterlooRegion Project Coordinator
- Social Entrepreneurship and Governance Volunteer
- Social Media Manager
- Volunteer Coordinator
Current Volunteer Opportunities
As the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition connects with more community partners and moves ahead with a number of key projects, we are receiving more correspondence! This is very exciting but can sometimes be a challenge for our Board to manage along with all of its other work.
The Board is looking for a dedicated volunteer to act as WRRC’s Communications Coordinator. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for activities such as:
- Checking WRRC’s e-mail account and coordinating responses
- Checking WRRC’s Post Office Box and distributing materials received
- Preparing press releases on behalf of the WRRC Board
- Maintaining WRRC’s volunteer and e-mail lists
The Communications Coordinator will be supported by the Board of Directors and not expected to handle all of these activities on their own.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the Communications Coordinator will need approximately 4 hours per week to fulfill their duties, including attendance at Board meetings.
Community Engagement Volunteers
WRRC is involved in a number of active community projects and members of its Board of Directors are often invited to attend community events and/or sit on committees.
Community engagement volunteers represent the WRRC at events or committees. They are responsible for representing the vision and mission of the WRRC at these committees and events and acting as the official conduit to WRRC’s Board of Directors.
Some current opportunities include contributing to committees looking at developing resources for LGBTQ newcomers to Waterloo Region, combating hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community, and conducting a broad based needs assessment for the local LGBTQ community.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that Community Engagement Volunteers will need approximately 4 hours per month to fulfill their duties, including writing reports and updates for the Board.
With so many projects in the pipeline, financial resources are often a limiting factor in moving forward. Not surprisingly, WRRC is looking for a dedicated volunteer to help coordinate the organization’s fundraising efforts.
The current fundraising priority is securing funds to support incorporation efforts.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the Fundraising Director will need approximately 4 hours per week to fulfill their duties, including participation at meetings of the Board.
While WRRC has a lot of ongoing positions that need to filled, we are also in need of a large pool of volunteers to help out with smaller projects or one-time events. In the past, we have relied on volunteers to:
- Decorate our community dance venues
- Contact local politicians during elections to determine their views on rainbow issues
- Greet guests at social functions
- Spread the word about upcoming projects and events
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that General Volunteers will be available for 2 hours per month to fulfill their duties.
Queer Night Out (QNO) Coordinator & Volunteers
QNO started as a collaboration between the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), Spectrum, tri-Pride and the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC), to organize social events targeted at the rainbow community in Waterloo Region. To date, the QNO community collaborative has organized a series of community dances and a tapas and theatre evening.
QNO is currently coordinated by WRRC and ACCKWA.
We are currently looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to help coordinate and run regular social events and community dances for our local rainbow community.
For more information: Queer Night Out
Time Commitment: QNO events usually run for a few hours per month, so the time commitment is usually no more than 4 hours per month. The QNO Coordinator is a member of the Board, so the time commitment is approximately four hours per week, including attendance at Board meetings and planning of events.
OutinWaterlooRegion Project Coordinator
One of the key projects WRRC has committed to is the creation of an online portal to serve as a key resource for the Rainbow Community in Waterloo Region. For more detailed information about this project, check out the OutInWaterlooRegion.ca Project page.
We are looking for a new member of the Board that will be able to take lead and advance this initiative.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the OutInWaterlooRegion Project Coordinator will need approximately 4 hours per week to fulfill their duties, including attendance at Board meetings.
Social Entrepreneurship and Governance Volunteer
WRRC has been operating as a grassroots organization since it was founded in 2010. WRRC has accomplished a great deal under this organizational framework, we are now ready to move onto more exciting projects! To facilitate this growth, we are pursuing formal incorporation as a non-profit community foundation!
We are looking for a dedicated team of volunteers with experience and/or interest in non-profit governance or incorporation to work with our Board of Directors! Potential tasks will include interfacing with community resources and experts, drafting of bylaws, and fundraising to cover the costs of incorporation.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the Social Entrepreneurship and Governance Volunteer will need approximately 4 hours per month to fulfill their duties..
Social Media Manager
The Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition strives to maintain an active social media network, to both advertise its own activities as well as advising its members and supporters of other events and activities that may be of interest. The Board is looking for a dependable, reliable and energetic volunteer to help manage its social media presence! Activities will include
- Regularly posting and updating WRRC’s Facebook and Twitter Accounts
- Managing WRRC’s LinkedIn Group
- Promoting events on the WRRC & Queer Night Out Facebook Pages
- Developing social media strategies and policies
Note that the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition utilizes Hootsuite to manage its social media presence.
The Social Media Manager will be supported by the Board of Directors and not expected to handle all of these activities on their own.
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the Social Media Manager will need approximately 4 hours per week to fulfill their duties, including attendance at Board meetings.
The WRRC Board of Directors is currently in the midst of the planning stages of a number of exciting community building projects! Successful implementation of these projects will require a dedicated team of volunteers.
WRRC hopes to create the best possible experience for volunteers, by recruiting a new member of the board to act as Volunteer Coordinator. This individual will:
- Lead volunteer recruitment efforts
- Meet & correspond with new potential volunteers
- Maintain volunteer records
- Assign and schedule volunteers for specific projects and/or events
- Recommend and develop volunteer on-boarding and training initiatives
- Develop & organize volunteer appreciation events
The Volunteer Coordinator will be supported by the Board of Directors and not expected to handle all of these activities on their own!
Time Commitment: It is anticipated that the Volunteer Coordinator will need approximately 4 hours per week to fulfill their duties, including attendance at Board meetings.