Reopening the economy Responsibly: Recruit and measure the impact of volunteers during and after COVID‑19 pandemic

Wang, Xu | $50,000

Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

The current pandemic has taken a toll on the volunteer sector as social distancing measures has made organizations struggle to find any volunteers. Professor Xu (Sunny) Wang, in collaboration with Lovell Corporation, will develop a platform that will help Canadian organizations build capacity-at a regional, provincial and national levels-create a community response ecosystem and mobilize people to take actions for specific needs unique to their communities during the recovery efforts from the COVID‑19 pandemic. It will also allow to further develop the digital tools to reopen the volunteer sector-identifying and matching workers to the needs of local non-profits and charities, allowing contactless interactions and incentives for volunteers to increase recruitment and address the drastic reduction in the size of the volunteer workforce.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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