KEYS JOB CENTRE CELEBRATES MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS MADE BY VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers at KEYS Job Centre fulfill different roles, working with community members from all walks of life. This year, KEYS created a fourth mentorship program and continued to welcome families to Kingston through Refugee Resettlement Services Kingston, delivered in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres and now in its second year. Hundreds of volunteers provide the backbone to mentoring programs and invaluable support to newcomers. Volunteers mentor youth, newcomers, and recent graduates, helping them achieve their employment and life goals; they help families settle in Kingston and adjust to life in Canada; recently, a diverse group came together to plan, cook and serve a community meal. The roles are varied, but each one entails making meaningful connections with others and helping to build community.
The Begin Again Group (BAG) project is a micro social enterprise, which grew out of a partnership between KEYS’ Refugee Women’s Mentoring Network and volunteer Carolyn Butts of bon eco design. The project brings together eight refugee women who have developed their sewing and design skills and now produce unique handmade purses made from recycled rubber inner tubes. These one-ofa-kind bags carry the stories of the maker and the material. This project has grown through the support of volunteers and community partners and the group is now developing a website and working toward incorporation.
Carolyn Butts is one of the hundreds of volunteers at KEYS who are helping to open doors and change lives every day. KEYS salutes its volunteers and thanks them for their dedication and passion.
For more information about KEYS Job Centre’s volunteer programs, contact 613-546-5559 firstname.lastname@example.org