A new initiative to support Nova Scotia’s 5,800 voluntary sector organizations was announced today, Nov. 4, by Marilyn More, Minister of the Voluntary Sector and Labour and Workforce Development. The $800,000 Voluntary Sector Professional Improvement Initiative program will help non-profit and voluntary organizations better address their human resource needs. “We know that Nova Scotians benefit each day from the volunteers who selflessly work in our communities,” said Ms. More. “We sometimes forget there are over 24,000 Nova Scotians employed by this sector. This fund will provide the training and tools they need to help them more effectively do their jobs and better support our volunteers across the province.” Funding for the Voluntary Sector Professional Improvement Initiative is through the Community Development Trust, a federal program originally designed to help communities experiencing economic challenges.