Siloam Mission’s volunteer manager is on her way to Washington after being selected as the only Canadian to attend a government-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Lindsay Poggemiller-Smith, 28, will join 18 other participants from all over the world — including Afghanistan, Kenya, China, Haiti and more — in a three-week group project focusing on volunteerism in the United States.
The program aims to help social entrepreneurship and efforts to promote social change, to teach the best practices in volunteer recruitment, retention and management, as well as share information to further voluntary initiatives among non-profits.
“I want to observe and participate in communities that have found unique ways to incorporate volunteers into their services,” Poggemiller-Smith said in a statement.
“Siloam has always valued volunteers in a very significant way, and I look forward to learning how other nonprofits have developed opportunities for volunteers and invited them in as part of their family.”