Volunteering

Volunteers are the foundation of Ancoura’s activities. They are the lifeblood that keeps the organization going. Volunteers are needed for many different types of activities and varying time commitments, some occasional related to a particular project, some more long-term, some requiring special skills. The following volunteer list gives specific examples of our needs. This list is not comprehensive but hopefully it will assist potential volunteers to match their interests, time availability and skills with specific needs and activities.

To volunteer, contact Liz Tyrwhitt at 613-233-8130 or liz@ancoura.ca.

Visiting Volunteers

Each Ancoura home has a team of resident visitors (about five per home) who form a group of friends for our residents. They often assist residents with daily tasks, such as shopping and cooking; go together for coffee and walks; visit museums and engage in other social activities and community events. The friendships that develop between residents and volunteers are a rich and vital aspect of Ancoura’s community.  Generally, these visitors are asked to commit to at least one year as a visiting volunteer. However, we could use a few volunteer substitutes who could fill in periodically when regular resident visitors are away. Ancoura offers a basic training program for visiting volunteers.

Please note that all Ancoura volunteers are required to provide a police records check.

We can also use handy persons who could provide basic repairs and maintenance (the landlord does major maintenance and repairs).

Board of Directors

The board meets monthly at a time convenient to board directors. Board terms are two years open to renewal. Many directors also serve on a committee. We would benefit having on the board, or as a consultant: a lawyer, accountant, bookkeeper, real estate agent, fundraiser, someone with experience organizing volunteers.

Board of Directors – Treasurer

Are you looking for a leadership role with an organization that serves adults with mental illness in Ottawa? Do you have a background in financial management?

ANCOURA is a small non-profit, charitable organization, founded in 2007, dedicated to providing stable homes and social support for adults living with mental illness. We currently operate six homes, with three residents in each home and a group of 4-5 volunteers at each home as a circle of friends. We are a volunteer-based organization with a small professional staff. For more information about Ancoura check our website at www.ancoura.ca.

We are currently looking for a talented candidate to join our organization and play an essential leadership role within our community.

WORK DESCRIPTION

SUMMARY

As a Board Director, the Treasurer oversees the development and sound management of Ancoura’s finances. An average of 10-14 hrs/mo.; more hours around AGM and tax receipt time and fewer hours in the summer.

KEY ACTIVITIES

  • Oversees all financial transactions (revenue & expenses) which are recorded by the bookkeeper.
  • Prepares monthly financial reports for the Board, with input from the bookkeeper.
  • Contacts the bookkeeper on a regular basis and oversees production of tax receipts, financial statements, T4s, government filings, and any other financial documents.
  • Chairs the Finance committee and meets/communicates with them regularly.
  • Prepares the annual budget, with input from the Board, bookkeeper and Finance committee.
  • Prepares all documents needed for the annual review and meets with the accountant; reviews year-end financial statements with the accountant, Board and Finance committee prior to the AGM.
  • Presents financial statements at the AGM for final approval.
  • Sits on the Executive committee.

Qualifications

  • Bookkeeping/accounting background; someone who can read and interpret a balance sheet and profit & loss statement.
  • Experience with a non-profit board an asset.
  • Previous experience as a Treasurer an asset.

Submit application to Rick Haughian, richard3h@sympatico.ca .

Volunteer

Part-Time Executive Director

Are you looking for a rewarding role with an organization that serves adults with mental illness in Ottawa?

ANCOURA is a small not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 2007, dedicated to providing stable homes and social support for adults living with mental illness. We currently operate six homes, with three residents in each home and a group of 4-5 volunteers at each home as a circle of friends. We are a volunteer-based organization with a small professional staff. For more information about Ancoura check our website at www.ancoura.ca.

We are currently looking for a talented candidate to join our organization and play an essential leadership role within our community.

Job Type: Volunteer Position

Number of Positions: 1

Location: Ottawa, ON

Estimated Work Hours: two to three days a week, including attending monthly board meetings.

Key Duties :

  • Leading the organization, board and staff, in fundraising
  • Administration  of Ancoura’s office
  • Staff management
  • Liaison with the Board, attending board meetings

Job Requirements :

  • Non-profit experience is essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Effective English speaking and writing skills
  • Fundraising experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Management experience and skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in mental health, housing, and serving the vulnerable sector, an asset

Perks:

  • Rewarding position where you get a chance to make a difference for people living with mental illness.
  • A small organization with a strong community spirit.
  • Working with a group of dedicated volunteers.
  • Flexible work hours.

Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018. This position starts immediately.

Contact: Rick Haughian – 613.730.5425 or  richard3h@sympatico.ca

Visiting Volunteer

Are you looking for a rewarding role with an organization that serves adults with mental illness in Ottawa?

ANCOURA is a small not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 2007, dedicated to providing stable homes and social support for adults living with mental illness. We currently operate six homes, with three residents in each home and a group of 4-5 volunteers at each home as a circle of friends. We are a volunteer-based organization with a small professional staff. For more information about Ancoura check our website at www.ancoura.ca.

Location: Ottawa, ON

For more information about this gratifying role, check out the position description below.

Visiting Volunteer Position Description

Committees

Executive Committee

Acts on behalf of the board during interim times between board meetings, dealing with strategic decisions, human resources, policies, and any ad hoc issues that are outside the mandate of other committees and best dealt with by the Executive Committee.

Finance Committee

Advises and assists the board on financial matters including review of monthly and yearly financial statements, recommendation of the annual budget, and oversight of internal financial procedures as they arise.

Communications

Responsible for the communication tools that Ancoura uses to make ourselves known.  These include our brochure, newsletter, website, annual report, Facebook and Twitter.  Occasionally, the committee prepares PowerPoint presentations and videos.

Volunteer Recruitment

Contacting various organizations to inform them about Ancoura and to solicit volunteers, furniture, donations and other forms of support. These organizations include faith communities, service clubs, colleges and universities, and agencies with a mandate in the area of mental health.

Social

Plans, organizes and carries out activities needed for social events such as the Christmas party, summer barbecue and annual general meeting.

Fundraising Committee

Provides broad oversight and leadership for Ancoura’s fundraising efforts, including donations from individuals and organizations, grants, and the annual fundraising dinner.

Willing to be Called when Specific Tasks Arise

We also need volunteers who are available for specific tasks, but do not wish to be part of a committee, e.g. helping arrange social activities, helping with moving.

Thank you!

Ancoura is grateful for the dedicated involvement of our volunteers.
They are the the foundation of Ancoura’s activities and the lifeblood that keeps the organization going.