July 15th, 2020, InitLive is pleased to announce it has partnered with The City of Ottawa through the Innovation Pilot Program to deliver a streamlined volunteer management process connecting community associations, their volunteers, and local food banks. This pilot will assist in meeting the increased demand for our food banks brought on by COVID-19.
This pilot program focuses on COVID-19 economic recovery efforts through technology innovations. The pandemic has greatly impacted the broader Ottawa community with additional job losses and putting the most vulnerable people at risk. This in turn has placed a larger strain on local non-profit organizations like food banks. InitLive has been in discussions with Ottawa Community Associations about the challenges they are experiencing in coping with the increased demand, and how technology could help them streamline their volunteer management processes to help them scale up.
Some communities are relying on inefficient processes and tools like printed spreadsheets, and disconnected software tools to try and organize their volunteers. InitLive was able to offer them a simple “all in one” volunteer management solution to streamline their operations. In addition, InitLive is offering key integrations to other software tools saving administrative time and allowing volunteer coordinators to reinvest this time back into more community-based efforts. This pilot program initially launches with the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) volunteers who are mobilized to deliver food on behalf of local food banks like Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Center (Centre de ressources communautaires Rideau-Rockcliffe), Partage Vanier Food Bank, and Kanata Food Cupboard.
“InitLive is committed to helping our local community of Ottawa. We are proud to be able to help our local non-profit organizations and their volunteers to meet the growing demand for their critical services since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.” Commented Chris Courneya, CEO of InitLive.
InitLive is exploring how key technologies food banks already use like https://www.link2feed.com/ (a specialized CRM to manage food inventory and delivery) can share data to ensure clients always get the food they need on time. Other tools are being assessed, including a way to optimize a food delivery driver's route and present it to the volunteer through the InitLive mobile app. This will allow for a fully streamlined system ensuring the most vulnerable in our community are always taken care of.
InitLive is a software company based in Ottawa, Canada, founded in 2013 by Ottawa-natives and mother-daughter team Debbie and Melissa Pinard. InitLive is a world-class technology platform, offering operational excellence to nonprofit organizations and live event producers while empowering staff and volunteers with the tools they need to thrive. InitLive’s mission is to help recruit, organize, and connect staff and volunteers, who we believe are the foundation of every great event, initiative, and program.
About The City of Ottawa’s Innovation Pilot Program (IPP)
The City of Ottawa’s Innovation Pilot Program (IPP), managed by Economic Development Services (EDS), is shifting its focus towards COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. This new focus, the Recovery Stream, provides companies the opportunity to test and quickly deploy their technology innovations in real-life testing environments with the City or one of its economic development partners. The program provides companies with valuable feedback on their innovations, prior to scaling and production.