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Council Of Voluntary Social Services Charity Profile
Volunteerism in Jamaica has been built on a tradition of individuals and organizations forging partnerships within communities for a better quality of life and a more secure future. Many have selflessly given time, shared resources and knowledge to build a better country, making invaluable contributions to every aspect of Jamaican life.
The National Registry of Volunteers (NRV) initiative is a collaboration of the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), Social Development Commission (SDC) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), supported by several national organizations. The National Registry of Volunteers will seek to develop a database that records and recognizes the contributions of those who give of their time and effort in service to others without expectation of personal and financial gains.
The overall objective of the NRV is to multiply human and financial resources as it strengthens and connects individuals and organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of Jamaican citizens.
Ensuring Greater Networking
NRV will develop and maintain a network of volunteer service providers by:
Identifying and registering volunteers
Facilitating access to volunteer programmes for persons wanting to give service
Matching the right volunteer to the right programmes based on the available skills and stated needs
Facilitating international organizations wishing to give volunteer service in Jamaica
Expanding Jamaica’s volunteer corps
Increasing the support of volunteerism by youth and retirees
Encouraging a New Approach to Volunteerism
NRV will play a catalytic role in this new focus on volunteerism as it seeks to bring recognition to the sector. NRV will explore activities that:
Develop a charter governing the rights, responsibilities and conduct of volunteers and the voluntary sector
Establish systems of communication between participants in the sector
Set standards for good practice
Facilitate volunteer training and skills building
Identify best practices
Enable programmes that tap into the resources of the community and involve the corporate, non-governmental and public sectors of society
Council Of Voluntary Social Services Volunteer Information
The success to which our agencies are able to implement projects and realize their mandate depends largely on the involvement of volunteers giving a variety of service. Their contribution to the development of our nation is linked to the spiritualism of volunteerism that has stood the test of time.