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CARE Canada (CARE Walk In Her Shoes Committee Member)

Organization Name: CARE Canada
Opportunity Title: CARE Walk In Her Shoes Committee Member
Category: Special Events / Festivals
Commitment: Less than 6 months
Start Date: October 30, 2018
End Date: March 11, 2019

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes volunteer organizing committee is seeking highly motivated professionals for skill-based volunteer positions to help in the planning and execution of our annual flagship event – Walk In Her Shoes – taking place in across the world and Canada in the week of International Women’s Day (March 8 annually) The 4th annual Okanagan event will be taking place at Mission Creek Park in Kelowna on Saturday March 9, 2019. The committee is seeking volunteers with expertise in marketing, communications, business development, graphic design, volunteer management, or event planning. Planning for the 2019 event begins in November 2018. CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization, founded in 1945, fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities in 94 countries and places a special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty. Equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Walk In Her Shoes is a global campaign that takes place in celebration of International Women’s Day (Annually on March 8). Participants collect pledges while committing to walk 10,000 steps simulate what women and girls in the developing world experience on a daily basis. The amount of time women and girls spend walking for basic necessities like water, firewood, and healthcare is a barrier to them pursuing paid work and education. This event takes place around the world and across the Canada annually. The  event has “adopted” CARE’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies project which addresses the root causes of malnutrition, with every dollar raised  going directly to the project’s work in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. This allows the volunteers and participants the opportunity to truly see the direct impact of their work, and each dollar raised through this event is leveraged by Government of Canada funding at an amazing rate of $10:$1 – making your impact truly inspiring. Each walk has their individual local flavour but include a pre-marked walk, fun activities including a basket walking challenge, informative games for all ages, photo booth, prizes and more – a family friendly event for all. The committee meets monthly until January, and then every other week until the walk. These can be attended in person or remotely. Each volunteer will have a portfolio that they manage, and if requested, a team of fellow volunteers to work with. There is a CARE regional staff person that the committee with work with. Through this inspiring volunteer role, you have the opportunity to help grow this event and make it a not to be missed event. Specific roles and expertise include: Communications (creating and executing marketing and communications plans, media relations, social media); Corporate and Community Engagement (inviting, encouraging and supporting companies and community groups to put in teams for this event); Sponsorship (solicit and confirm event sponsors at various levels); Event logistics (managing day-of implementation, soliciting prizes and silent auction donations); Volunteer Engagement (for the committee and required “day-of” volunteers); This is A great opportunity to work with like-minded individuals to make a real difference in the lives of women and girls in the developing world. Opportunities to learn about international development and disaster relief through education activities like speakers/lunch & learns and more from CARE Canada.

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