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Back to School for Nonprofit Professionals

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A great way to get the training you need, as you complete work projects.

 
There are so many resources to help nonprofit professionals learn a new skill.
 
The Center for Sustainable Development is one such organization. What’s unique about their approach is they teach learners using their own work projects. For example, if you need to learn how to build an AdWords campaign for your organization, the online course at CSDi will teach and guide you step-by-step to build your organization’s AdWord campaign. So in the end, you will have a certificate for the online course and have completed your project.
 

CSDi offers many great online courses. Visit their website for the full list, <http://nonprofit.csd-i.org/>.

What We’re Up To

A New Website for CARUWE, an organization run by women in Uganda and the DR Congo


Recently we were contacted by Community Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment (CARUWE), an organization founded by women, run by women, to support women in Uganda and the DR Congo. A new website wasCommunity Action for Rural Women's Empowerment Logo a the top of their wish list. They had out grown their previous one and wanted a refreshing, sophisticated website that would reflect their organization. And voilà, www.caruwe.wordpress.com!
 
I created this website so CARUWE can tell their story, share their work, and connect with their community and supporters; which was easy to do, given just how innovative, well organized, and responsive CARUWE’s team is!
 
If you have not heard of CARUWE before, check out their website, they do incredible work. We hope you like it, CARUWE!!
 
If your nonprofit also has problems that need solving, contact me. Services in Action’s work is to help you help others, for free.

Current Needs

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School Supplies: Shalom for Africa seeks to improve the lives of people who are less privileged Check marksand voiceless in Uganda. They do this by providing scholarship funding, healthcare, home based care, and micro loans. Currently, they are looking for school supplies. If you have any of these items or know where we can find some, please let us know.
 
Sports Equipment: The Chibolya Education and Health Organization (CEHO) has built a great school for the children of Chibolya, Zambia. More than 250 children may now attend school in their area and have the opportunity to receive an education. The leaders of CEHO are always looking for new ways to reach and teach the children. Currently, they are looking for sports equipment. If you have any gently used items, please let us know.
 
Tuition: Clemency Uganda wants to support the children in their community to get the education they need to achieve their career goals. So, they are raising money to help pay their tuition. To learn more or get involved, check out the children’s profile by clicking here.
 
Funding for Health Education: The Erick Memorial Foundation for Education and Rehabilitation for Disabled, (EMFERD) is looking to launch an awareness campaign aimed at supporting the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in Morogoro, Tanzania. They are also looking for volunteers to help them with their income generating activities and other exciting programs www.emferd.com
 
Funding for Vocational Training: SDKF Uganda offers support to disadvantaged children by providing education, vocational skills training, and farming in organic agriculture. They are currently in need of supplies and funds so they can offer a hair styling class for the young women in their community. Click here to learn more
 
Contact us if you can help with any of these items.

What We’ve Done

Our projects

Clip boardServices in Action has enjoyed the privileged of working with incredible people around the world. Here are a few of the projects we’ve worked on over the years:
 

Partners for Real Change   Initially, our work began helping PARC connect with volunteers and some website support. Eventually, it came time for PARC to rebrand and create a new website to tell their story, so we sat down together to make this happen.  PARC provides support to their community in many ways, through education, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and support for sustainable local projects. It is important that people get the support they need to reach their full potential. We created this website for PARC so they can present their work to their online community and we design graphics for them to share their progress. Take a look at all they do here: parc-ug.org

Community Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment
Recently we were contacted by Community Action For Rural Women’s Empowerment (CARUWE), an organization founded by women, run by women, to support women in Uganda and the DR Congo. A new website was a the top of their wish list. They had out grown their previous one and wanted a refreshing, sophisticated website that would reflect their organization. And voilà, www.caruwe.wordpress.com
We created this website so CARUWE can tell their story, share their work, and connect with their community and supporters; which was easy to do, given just how innovative, well organized, and responsive CARUWE’s team is!

Kalamba Community Development Organization
In 2013, the Executive Director of the Kambala Community Development Organisation, Fredrick Bombo contacted Services in Action to establish a partnership. For the past year, we have shared success stories, challenges, and ideas to improve the communities we serve. One goal for KCDO was to build a website that would help them share their story. That’s something we could help with. In just a few weeks we built a website that showcases their work, programs, activities, and goals –all free of charge! Take a look at their website here: www.kcdo.webs.com. Contact us for more information on how we can help build a website for you or improve on your existing site.

 

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts
Tiffany has the great privilege of working with ArtBridges/ToileDesArts for the past few years getting their new membership program up and running. It is exciting for ArtBridges because the membership program helps expand their network with community arts initiatives in Canada. Membership also means that their community believes ArtBridges can help represent their interests. Memberships take organizations to the next level and also create a greater sense of community.

 
To ensure ArtBridges was in the best position to launch a Membership Program extensive research was conducted reaching out to organizations nationally and around the world to learn about other community arts networks. During this time we learned that community-engaged arts initiatives are doing incredible things for communities and individuals; the leaders of these initiatives are eager to share what they’ve learned to drive community arts initiatives to new places; and through collaboration, active participation, and support ArtBridges can be a valuable resource for community-engaged arts initiatives. Membership helps projects like ArtBridges have a stronger voice.
 
If you are part of a community-engaged arts initiative, check out the ArtBridges website.
 
Chibolya Education and Health Organization
CEHO has taken on the immense task of building a school for the children of Chibolya, Zambia. As they complete the final stages of construction, they are looking for support for the three teachers who have been hired to teach the one hundred primary level children. After an exhaustive and unsuccessful search for professional development material and resources for the teachers, Services in Action asked some teachers in Canada for their advice. With a pile of great books, dvds and websites, we were able to give CEHO’s teachers some great information on reading, writing, mathematics, classroom management and early childhood development. Because of the nature of this project, this is a work in progress. We will be working closely with the teachers of CEHO to continue helping them find the resources that are best for them and their students. Check out the photos of the Chiboyla school’s progress
 

Clemency Uganda
On May 4, 2012, the children of Clemency Uganda received a long awaited package. It contained 13 basket and volley balls, 9 team shorts and 9 shin guard covers. Clemency Uganda’s sports program allows orphaned and other vulnerable children of Jinja to participate in games, develop their skills, promote mental and physical wellbeing of children, and promote the participation of girls in sport and school.

 
There are many people who contributed to this achievement. We would like to thank the Country Day School who donated the equipment, our Advisory Committee Chair, Sonya Barbezat, who was able to secure a significant discount with a courier company, and friends of Services in Action for topping off the cost by funding the remaining kilometres of the journey. Check out the photos of the children playing with their new equipment.
 

The Wish List Partnership
One of our ongoing initiatives is with a Toronto based junk removal company and local shelters and community centres. Each day the junk removal company picks up unwanted items from businesses and homes. When they come across items that are gently used, they refer to the wish-list provided by local shelters and community centres. If the item is not needed right away, they can put it in their storage facility.

 
One of the most difficult steps for charities managing in kind donations is finding a truck to pick up or drop off items, something the junk removal company can do very easily. And what’s in it for the junk removers? They can reduce their dump fees and the amount of waste they send to landfills. If you would like to get involved in this partnership, let us know
 

The Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre offers new immigrants assistance settling in to their lives in Canada. Although the staff provide employment counselling, language classes, accreditation information and other integration services, they are often asked questions related to immigration. Frequently newcomers want to know more about PR status, visa requirements, or family sponsorship. So the staff at the Welcome Centre wanted to know more about the immigration process in Canada and know where to go when they had questions. They searched for immigration training courses and came up empty. Canadian laws require lengthy and intense training for licensed immigration practitioners who work for profit, but not for settlement workers. Finding a course on the basics of immigration in Canada is almost impossible.

 
After some searching and explaining, Services in Action was able to find a great immigration specialist. This trainer was able to tailor a four hour seminar about the different streams of immigration and how to navigate the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website. The Welcome Centre provides settlement services for many new immigrants each year; this added training for the staff will have a great impact in the lives of their clients.

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