THE COUNCIL OF VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICES JAMAICA. Background. Established in 1940. It was the brainchild of the Most Honourable Norman Manley, who was very involved in social reform and social development The largest and longest serving national, non-profit umbrella organization. MISSION.
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110 Affiliates engaged in health, education, community development, agricultural, skills training and advocacy programmes. Some of our members are:
Heart Foundation of Jamaica
Diabetes Association of Jamaica (over 40,000 beneficiaries)
Rise Life Management Services
Jamaica 4-H Clubs – promoting agriculture in schools (60,000 young people are engaged in this initiative)
Community Development: St. Andrew Settlement
Spring Village Development Foundation
Skills Training: YMCA
Advocacy National Consumers League
Jamaicans for Justice
Citizens Advice Bureau
- Jamaica 4-H Clubs- 5000 volunteers working with 60,000 young farmers in schools.
- Salvation Army
- Jamaica Red Cross
- Heart Foundation of Jamaica
- Jamaica Cancer Society
- Diabetes Association of Jamaica
- Health Insurance/Pension
- Gender and Community
The CVSS facilitates meetings of these sectors on a bi-monthly basis for:
The National Volunteer Centre facilitates training programmes and is a resource centre for social work practitioners and students.
At centre is Shoshana Edwards, Volunteer Art & Craft instructor of YMCA, with participants Christopher (L) and Shereene (R)
Mrs. Winsome Wilkins, CEO of CVSS, expresses gratitude to Professor Murchison Callender and his team from the University of Waterloo for conducting eye screening at the National Volunteer Center
NGO Management Training Programmes using curriculum developed in conjunction with the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies and offered with support from Caribbean Development Bank, Inter American Development Bank, British High Commission
The establishment of the United Way of Jamaica
Successfully lobbying Government for income tax relief for over 60 voluntary organizations.
Instrumental in the establishment of the Council for the Handicapped and the Council for the Aged, which are today departments of government.
Established the Citizens Advice Bureau
Meets at least once per year
Elected by the Council at AGM
Serve for three years
* The Sectors (Health/Youth/Gender & Community
* Member of the International Council of Social Welfare
The organization has long standing working relations with a variety of strategic partner organizations
United Way 65%
National Volunteer Centre
2D Camp Road
The CVSS Administrative team consists of a core of qualified professionals, experienced in Project Management, Project Monitoring and Evaluation supported by influential and experience volunteers