Thanking volunteers for commitment
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.