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Building Community Involvement

Community is the backbone of effective grassroots stewardship. While every community is unique, it is the quality of relationships within organizations and among local stakeholders that help make stewardship initiatives successful. This section offers resources to assist you in getting your community on board and effectively working together.

  • Building Community Partnerships – A Guide for Creating Effective Land and Water Stewardship – Developed by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, this publication offers valuable information about how establish successful community groups that are vital to effective land and water stewardship.
  • Working in Partnership – Made available by Alberta Culture and Community Services, the partnership kit entitled “Working in Partnership – Recipes for Success” is available to assist organizations to partner effectively.
  • Working with Volunteers – “Volunteers are the lifeblood of any not-for-profit organization. It is critical to ensure that the methods your organization uses to recruit, train and support these volunteers reflects a well organized and caring organization”. Get an introduction to effective volunteer management with this site from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Volunteer Involvement 101: Fact Sheets for Effective Volunteer Involvement – This resource produced by Volunteer Canada covers topical issues such as effective volunteer recruitment, involving youth, avoiding burnout and screening. Assess your organization’s ability to manage volunteers effectively by working through these fact sheets.

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