My volunteer opportunity

by Pascal_Laliberte-3030 on March 26, 2013 - 2:22pm

My volunteer opportunity:

I will try to cooperate with Coalition for Gun Control in order to make my volunteer work in the next few weeks. First I will write a letter to local deputy about gun control and the consequences of carrying a gun without severe legislation. Then, I will walk in the street and promote the non-profit organization and invite the society to do the same I did in writing a letter explaining why gun control is important in Canada. During this time, I will try to collect thoughts and ideas, and point of views from different people on the topic. It will be interesting to see the differences between different people in the society. 


Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)

The organization core values and goals

  • Women equality
  • Peace
  • Security
  • Disarmament, missile defense, nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, landmines, weapons in space, conventional arms
  • Start treaties

Major Project

Disarmament Dialogues: A Social Media Project by Global Action to Prevent War:

  • Global Action to Prevent War has recently launched a Youth and Social Networking Project, highlighting the importance of engaging the younger generation in ways that allow for a two-way conversation. We have chosen to pair social networking tools with an oft-misunderstood topic: disarmament. The topic of disarmament should be analyzed in a different manner--comprehensively-- through the lens of gender, economics, and security in the 21st century.”

Volunteer opportunities

I wrote a message to the NGO to know what are the volunteer opportunities, but I did not receive a reply yet.


777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 3B, New York NY 10017


Phone: 212.687.5340

Fax: 212.687.1643



Small Arms Survey

History of the organization

“Established in 1999, the project is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and by sustained contributions from the Governments of Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The Survey is also grateful for past and current project support received from the Governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States, as well as from different United Nations agencies, programs, and institutes.”

The organization core values and goals

  • To serve as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence.
  • To act as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and activists in terms of information and research on small arms and armed violence issues.
  • To be an independent monitor of national and international governmental and non-governmental policy initiatives on small arms and armed violence.
  • To be an outlet for policy-relevant research on small arms and armed violence issues.
  • To act as a forum and clearinghouse for the sharing of information as well as the dissemination of best practice measures and initiatives dealing with small arms and armed violence issues.

Major Project

  • “The Small Arms Survey commissions research and conducts collaborative projects with independent researchers, international organizations, UN agencies, research organizations, NGOs, and partner institutions throughout the world. Findings from resulting field research are presented in the project's various publications.”
  • “The Survey presents detailed country and regional case studies as well as research findings on data, methodological, and conceptual issues. Publications explore the following themes: weapons and markets, armed violence, armed actors, regulations and controls, and security programs.”

Volunteer opportunities

They don’t need money because they already receive big amounts from many governments in the world. However, they need help to promote their values, ideas, projects, etc. In order to help them, you have to contact them and they will give you some promotion stuffs such as pencil, cards, and


Avenue Blanc 47 | 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
t +41 22 908 5777 | f +41 22 732 2738

History of the organization

“IANSA is a global network of a wide range of organizations concerned with small arms, including policy development organizations, national gun control groups, women's groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, survivors, human rights and community action organizations.”

The organization core values and goals


Major Project

Global Week of Action against Gun Violence:

  • The Week of Action highlights the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. This year the Week of Action took place from the 11-17 June 2012.
  • ASVOCO, IANSA member in DR Congo, put up 185 banners in schools and universities in North Kivu to raise awareness about gun violence and collect signatures for a petition demanding that the Congolese government ratify the Kinshasa Convention. 
  • RASALAO-Mali organised meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Commission on small arms. They also participated in an interactive radio show and held a press conference with Amadou Maiga, president of RASALAO-Mali, and government representatives on the Week of Action.

Volunteer opportunities

I wrote a message to the NGO to know what are the volunteer opportunities, but I did not receive a reply yet.


Archway Resource Centre

Unit 101, 1a Waterlow Road

London, N19 5NJ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 272 5238



Coalition for Gun Control

History of the organization

Founded in the wake of the Montreal Massacre, the Coalition for Gun Control was formed to support strategies to reduce gun death, injury and crime.

The Coalition supports legislation that includes:

  • licenses that are periodically renewed for ALL gun owners
  • a cost-effective system to register all guns
  • a total ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines
  • Controls on the sale of ammunition tougher restrictions on handguns.

“The students of Polytechnique and Canadians for Gun Control formally merge to form the Coalition for Gun Control. The Coalition holds its first national press conference in Ottawa with representatives from the Canadian Police Association, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Victims of Polytechnique, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, and others calling on the Government to reintroduce gun-control legislation. ”


The organization core values and goals

  • strict safe storage requirements
    • education countering the romance of guns and the myth of arming for self-protection
    • a ban on replica firearms
    • measures to reduce the illegal importation of guns
    • effective implementation of the law
    • deterrence and prevention in the justice system.

Major Project

“April - September 1994 - Pro-gun groups across the country begin to organize rallies and

protests. New "Responsible Firearms Owners" groups appear in most provinces. The Coalition

for Gun Control launches a gun-control-now postcard campaign, calling on the government to

introduce stricter laws. A large number of policing and community organizations participate, including

the Metro Toronto, Peel, and Montreal Police Departments, Cities of Toronto and Montreal

and Ontario Federation of Women Teachers Associations. ”


Volunteer opportunities (for more information, consult the website and click on GET INVOLVED)

1. Write and call your local Member of Parliament and party leaders and tell them to do everything in their power to stop the further weakening of gun control.

2. Write and call your local MPP or MLA and your Premier’s office and tell them to do everything in their power to stop the further weakening of gun control. To contact your Premier and MPP or MLA, find the details for your province below.

3.Keep up-to-date with the latest details on the issue byfollowing the Coalition for Gun Control on Twitter: @CGCguncontrol.

4. Write a letter to the editorand help ensure that misinformation in the media is challenged and that the real facts get covered too.

5. Encourage others to get involvedand raise awareness of the risks association with the misuse of firearms.

6. Donate to the Coalition. The Coalition survives due to the generous support of our members and supporters. Help us keep the fight for sensible gun laws in Canada going by making a donation today.



P.O Box 90062
1488 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3K3
(416) 604-0209

1301 Sherbrooke East
Montréal, Québec H2L 1M3
(514) 528-2360


John Howard Society of Ontario

History of the organization

In Ontario, The John Howard Society traces its roots back to religious classes taught in Toronto’s Don Jail in the late 1800s. In a more formal way, the organization was founded in 1929 by Brigadier General Draper, then the Chief of Police in Toronto. Draper recognized the futility in much of the work being done by police, trying to solve crimes and apprehend offenders, when prisoners who were being released from jail were thrust into circumstances of unemployment, isolation and poverty – circumstances that escalate rather than decrease the chances of re-offending.

The organization core values and goals

  • Provides for the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law and provides, or encourages others to provide, services to those in contact with, or affected by the criminal justice system;
  • Promotes changes in the law and the administration of justice which will lead to the more humane and effective treatment of individuals;
  • Promotes citizen awareness of the problems of crime and its causes, acceptance of responsibility to respond to these problems and involvement in the delivery and management of justice related programs;
  • Promotes the fair and humane treatment of all incarcerated persons and seeks to ensure that all forms of detention and imprisonment comply with relevant legal and human rights standards

Major Project

Anger Management:

This is program, which was created for children. It helps to manage anger. In the 8-week program participants gain a better understanding of their anger, learn effective ways to deal with conflicts and develop positive thinking, effective communication and problem solving skills. The purpose of this program is to examine what anger is, healthy versus unhealthy anger, as well as the different styles of anger and how they pertain to the students in the class. Further, this program examines how anger affects us, where anger comes from, considers new, healthier reactions to feelings of anger, develop effective communication techniques, and ways in which one can resolve confrontations successfully. Funded by private donations.


Volunteer opportunities

I wrote a message to the NGO to know what are the volunteer opportunities, but I did not receive a reply yet.


Society of Ontario

111 Peter Street, Suite 603

Toronto, ON M5V 2H1

Tel: 416.408.4282

Fax: 416.408.2991


Hi, this is William Anderson, I am currently attending a College in the United States called Brockport, and it is in New York.
Though we are from different societies, it seems that the topic of gun control is one that exists in both. What drew me to this topic is the viewpoint of wanting to control guns. More times than not, I see the argument that gun control is good because it prevents people from being able to obtain a weapon so easily, therefore making it harder for violent crimes that result in death to occur.
            With this topic I pose a different viewpoint, I don’t think that we should control the use of guns. In fact, we should promote it; or at least the education of them.  First of all, guns can be dangerous; however, guns do not actually kill people. A gun cannot shoot someone; it takes an individual with the gun in hand to pull the trigger. If nobody is there to pull the trigger, nobody dies. Now I understand making it harder to get guns will make it harder for these crimes to happen, but it does not stop them from happening. If nobody has guns, then the one person that decides to go through the bureaucratic mumbo jumbo to obtain one will be unstoppable. However, if everyone is allowed to have a gun then this person may only be able to kill a few before being stopped. I don’t support the use of guns, but if guns aren’t going away, perhaps we should educate the people on guns so they understand their potential and how to use them. It is the same reason we do not go into nuclear war, because we are now educated on their potential. If I have a gun, I may be reluctant to start a gun fight in the middle of the street knowing that everyone else also has a gun.
Just to get this straight, I do not support guns; I actually wish that everyone had no need for guns or violence. But I really do think that making guns a taboo through laws and other sorts of mentality teachings will only make having a gun seem more enticing to the individual that seeks it for their own personal gain. So until then, perhaps we should change our ways.

Just a thought, let me know what you think.

I am commenting on your since I am writing about a similar issue as yours. You found some very interesting organisms that are helpful in the community and I am looking forward to read about them more thoroughly. I encourage you to look at the website of the non-violence organism which seeks to stop violence of all sorts in order to build a world of harmony, justice and peace. It should be interesting to you since you are looking at similar issues!