photo credit: Two Wheel View, Laura Istead
Since 2000, Two Wheel View has provided young people with leadership, environmental and cultural education through bicycle education and expedition programs. Two Wheel View offers two main programming streams: an after school youth bike education program, which includes lessons on bike mechanics, leadership and teamwork skills, as well as a youth bike expedition experience to Argentina, Norway or Quebec.
As an organization relying largely on volunteers, Two Wheel View came to the Calgary Foundation in Spring 2011 for a Community Grant in support of their Community Education and Collaboration: Volunteer Engagement program. Hoping to expand their volunteer base and knowledge, Two Wheel View developed a volunteer outreach program to more fully engage those passionate about the organization's work in the community.
Laura Istead, Volunteer Coordinator, has seen an impressive growth in the number of volunteers at Two Wheel View following the Foundation's grant. Within the last year, 22 new volunteers joined the organization, which now boasts a total of nearly 50 volunteers who play a significant part in fundraising events, communications, marketing and finance.
Two Wheel View has also been able to grow their volunteer program with a staff member dedicated to intake, stewardship, and celebrations. Istead has recently begun working with Volunteer Calgary and feels that relationship has only further strengthened their program.
"The long-term benefit of this grant is that it has set our organization up for future success in volunteer recruitment," says Istead. "Listing the Calgary Foundation as a funder gives Two Wheel View significant credibility in the eyes of other potential funders."