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The volunteer placement that I choose to do my hours was the Community Resource Service They are located at 110 Icom Drive in a new building In this essay will discuss a brief history of the organization some of the programs they offer and the philosophy of volunteerism The Community Resource Service is a community based organization to meeting the essential needs of economically stressed individuals for food shelter and employment Community Resource service was founded in 1979 as a community response to devastating recession of the late 70s Originally known as the Brantford Unemployment Help Center and founded by the Brantford District Labour Council this agency was established to meet the needs of the unemployed in the city and the region It was subsequently incorporated in 1987 as an independent charitable organization with a commitment to the poor unemployed and those facing personal family emergencies with the goal of assisting them to access fully governmental assistance programs and providing job search skills resume writing and emergency food supplies Since that time the agency went through a downsize period to re-assess their direction but still maintained the Brantford Food Bank The Advocacy Service Resume Assistance and built their financial assets to assist in the maintenance of the above programs During 1995 Community Resource Service relocated to a more central location and accessible new building located in the core of the city hired an Executive Director established a corporate vision a comprehensive strategic plan reorganized and built a Board of Directors that represented the community and maintained and built effective relationships with other organizations the community and government the new organizations brought together individuals from labour business governments churches and the unemployed to find ways of dealing with the pressing human needs of community in transition Over the last year the Community Resource Service has earned a reputation for its innovative and practical initiatives including the development of a community food co-operative
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