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Volunteering

C4L hosts a range of both local and international volunteers. 

A distinction must also be made between Volunteering (at executive level) and Voluntarism (at governance level).

Sometimes the international voluteers are really practicing Voluntourism.

Volunteering

Nelson Mandela Day

On July 18th every year, C4L invites anyone to volunteer for 67 minutes to commemorate this day.  For he spent 67 years in public service.

We encourage everyone to do 67 minutes of community service on that day.

 

Voluntourism

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In the past, "volun-tourism" has included teams of Canadians coming to assist with the psychosocial support camps at C4L, and the volunteers were invaluable in helping to give the campers a rewarding experience.

C4L has also welcomed work-teams composed of retired people wanting to help out. They have done a lot of improvements to the C4L campus itself, not only the work, but raising money in advance for the materials to do the improvements. C4L arranged schedules for them that include some off-campus touring as well as some repair work to the homes of Child-headed Households. These young people were either members of the C4L Youth Corps, or else identified through the Kids Clubs running through C4L's erstwhile child protection project.

 

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Next Up

A team is now being organized to assist with post-cyclone reconstruction in Beira, Mozambique.  This city was flattened in march 2019 by Cyclone Idai.  In late 2019 or early 2020, C4L hopes that another team will materialize.  God willing.

How to sign up

Just send an expression of interest to C4L via Email on .

We will then send you more particulars.  Bear in mind that this is essentially a building team.

Placements

From time to time, C4L also welcomes international volunteers, sometimes privately, sometimes from an agency. Some come for a short time, like 3 months.  Some come for a long time, like 3 years.  Memories include:

  • German Development Service volunteers
  • Peace Corps volunteers
  • Mennonite Central Committee volunteers

Voluntarism

C4L's governance or oversight is provided by a "steering committee".  C4L has a coopted or "independent" Board.  This provides "oversight" like a Bishop would in a church.

As a "voluntary association" or VA, these trustees, directors or technically "members" do not benefit directly from C4L programming.  In a nonprofit organization, Board members donate their time, they are not paid.  Thus it is sometimes called a Voluntary Board, governing the "charity".  This Board, not any one individual, is the true Owner of C4L and its assets.

We need to recruit more Board members, especially women, to improve our Board's gender-balance.  If you are interested in such a role, or know someone who is, please contact hospitality@C4L.org

Members

Currently the membership of the voluntary association is less than the maximum number of 9 that is permitted.  These members come "on Board" and leave from time to time, although two founding members still remain on the Board.

Profiles like gender of the Board composition are frequently reviewed.

There is one Executive Director, the others are all Non-Executive Directors.

Office Bearers

C4L's Acting Chair is Mr. Chuck Stephens, due to the recent retirement of a founding member who served with distinction for 17 years (not always as Chair, but on the Board).

The Board Secretary is Mr. Alfredo Mazive.

The Treasurer is Mr. Samson Nkosi.

Office bearers are elected at annual meetings.  They can only serve for two consecutive terms.  Meetings are conducted according to our Constitution.  Membership issues are always on the agenda of meetings as well as programming issues.

Board Meetings

There are two ordinary meetings every year in an annual cycle - in March and September.  The second meeting is the AGM.  It is also regarded as "Founder's Day" a celebration of thanks.

Minutes are kept scrupulously, as are annual audits.  Compliance is a vital issue to C4L.

 

The Gallery

C4L benefits from the advice and oversight of some "elders" in Canada who have never been to South Africa yet.

These elders form kind of an "upper house" like a Senate or "House of Lords" that is a second level of governance.

Our constitution does not mention this - so it neither precludes nor condones it.  Rather, this is done intentionally, based on a Board Resolution, to add value to the deliberations of the "House of Congress" or the "House of Commons" composed of local members.