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Online Silent Auction Coordinator / Research


Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Ottawa Valley chapter

Commitment: Short term (less than 6 months)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 1

Location: Hull/Gatineau

Deadline: Aug 7, 2020


For the last several years, CPAWS Ottawa Valley would traditionally host an in-person fundraising event in November featuring a silent auction comprised largely of artwork created during an annual artists retreat hosted by the organization. The works created in 2019 were to be displayed and made available this year, but plans for in-person gatherings have been put on hold given current events. We would like to explore the possibility of an online silent auction, later in the fall of 2020, ideally before Christmas in order to benefit from interest in local artwork for Holiday gift-giving. We are seeking at least one volunteer to help us learn more about online auctions, help identify a platform that would be appropriate (in terms of cost, functionality, etc) and potentially help set up the auction site (photos of artwork) as well as assisting with outreach and promotion, including outreach to various arts groups, art-focused publications and social media and potentially outreach to the mainstream media. A volunteer with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the arts locally would be ideal for this position. Experience with silent or live auctions and/or connections in the community where we could obtain other items to round out the auction (such as items of interest to our supporters - art related, outdoors, books, etc...) would be an asset.


John McDonnell


Volunteer Opportunity Address
15 Taschereau Street, Unit 240
(VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING - no need to come to the office)


Good for people interested in: Event planning and participation; Environment; Communications and Marketing; Arts, Crafts and Photography

You will be working with: Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Animals; Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless; Athletes

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
This opportunity is a great way to learn more about the way in which small organizations raise money to support their programs. The volunteer will have the opportunity to meet (at least virtually) a number of local artists, other people who care about nature and hone skills related to event planning, marketing and communications.

How will the organization benefit?
The organization will benefit tremendously as this event will allow us to not only raise much needed funds, but given the virtual nature of the event, we hope it will allow us to reach a much wider audience of people who care about nature and who will, in turn, follow the organization and potentially become supporters or volunteers.

Organization category: Environment

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1 week

This position would be great for - Young Adults (19-24); Seniors (65+); Families; Persons with a disability; New Canadians

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes