Thank­ing vol­un­teers for com­mit­ment

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - BRENDA SNIDER

Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week be­gan in 1942 as a vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment ef­fort to en­list women for wartime vol­un­tary ser­vice.

The con­cept of a week de­voted to vol­un­teers was re­vived dur­ing the late 1960s. Ev­ery year more than 80,000 reg­is­tered char­i­ties and 100,000 not-for-prof­its or­ga­ni­za­tions in Canada host vol­un­teer recog­ni­tions in hon­our of their vol­un­teers. The con­tri­bu­tions made by Cana­dian vol­un­teers are a fun­da­men­tal part of ev­ery com­mu­nity.

VIQ is in full swing pre­par­ing for Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week Cel­e­bra­tions. The week will kick off with the 50th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion of the agency. Over the next week look for the 95.5 car in your neigh­bour­hood, we will be de­liv­er­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion mugs filled with candy com­pli­ments of Dar­rell Smith In­vestors Group Se­cu­ri­ties. The week will end with our an­nual Vol­un­teer Break­fast at the Trav­elodge where we will hon­our our 2017 award win­ners. Thank you to all of the vol­un­teers in Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward coun­ties, with­out your ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port hun­dreds of pro­grams and ser­vices would not take place each and ev­ery­day.

If you cur­rently vol­un­teer take the time to share your ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers, in­vite some­one to join you, take the time to in­tro­duce them to the op­por­tu­nity of get­ting in­volved.

If you know of a youth or child that is in­ter­ested please take the time to an­swer their ques­tions and share your won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences. VIQ is the start­ing point for all vol­un­teers, we will as­sist you in mak­ing a con­nec­tion to a vol­un­teer op­por­tu­nity that suites your in­ter­est, skill set and time avail­abil­ity.

If you at­tend a pro­gram or re­ceive a ser­vice take the time to say ‘thank you’ to that vol­un­teer. Hon­estly, that is more than enough recog­ni­tion. Vol­un­teers give their time to make a dif­fer­ence, to give back and, most of all, to make our com­mu­nity stronger and en­sure in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive the ser­vices they re­quire and de­serve. Vol­un­teers are the heart beat of the com­mu­nity. Thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts. Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties to choose from this week in­clude:

• Path­ways to In­de­pen­dence is seek­ing vol­un­teers to pro­vide so­cial­iza­tion and friend­ship to group home res­i­dents who have ac­quired brain in­juries and some de­grees of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Friendly vis­i­tors who can talk about sports, cur­rent events, play a game of cards, read and share a cup of cof­fee.

• VON Com­mu­nity Care Quinte West is seek­ing vol­un­teer vis­i­tors to of­fer sup­port and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion to iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als through reg­u­lar friendly vis­its at the client’s home en­cour­ag­ing

ac­tive and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing. Min­i­mum com­mit­ment of one hour per week; train­ing and sup­port is pro­vided.

• Quinte Hu­mane So­ci­ety vol­un­teers are needed to walk dogs and so­cial­ize cats and to help with feed­ing and clean­ing.

• The Re­gent The­atre is seek­ing vol­un­teers who can sell tick­ets us­ing a com­put­er­ized sys­tem, an­swer phones, pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and to work in the con­ces­sion stand sell­ing pop­corn, drinks and other good­ies. Ush­er­ing and tak­ing tick­ets at shows, greet­ing pa­trons and show­ing them to their seat are also re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Vol­un­teer & In­for­ma­tion Quinte refers vol­un­teers to over 260 agen­cies through­out Hast­ings & Prince Ed­ward Coun­ties. We are cur­rently re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to ful­fill the needs of our com­mu­nity. Please con­tact 613-969-8862 or visit our web­site at www.viq.ca for more in­for­ma­tion vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and “Help Us Help Oth­ers.” VIQ is a United Way Mem­ber Agency.

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