Community involvement encouraged for National Volunteer Week

April 13, 2023   ·   0 Comments

Volunteer Dufferin and communities across Canada are celebrating National Volunteer Week, taking place from Apr. 16 to 22 this year and the public is invited to get involved.

This year’s theme is “Volunteering Weaves Us Together” in recognition of the incredible role volunteers play in strengthening the fabric of our community.

From coast, to coast, volunteers help communities grow, thrive and create change, impacting their community, province and country’s overall well-being, now and for future generations.

“We all have a gift to share. Whether it’s wisdom and experience working with a non-profit board in a governance role, a willingness to give in a hands-on capacity at your local food bank or you have wealth to contribute, helping a non-profit to meet its financial obligations, your time and talents are the threads that weave us together,” said Sheralyn Roman, community engagement coordinator for Volunteer Dufferin.

“At Volunteer Dufferin, a supported program of HCIA [Headwaters Communities in Action], we’re happy to be able to support our 160 member agencies and 2,450+ volunteers to connect with one another in support of improving the well-being of Dufferin County residents. Celebrating National Volunteer Week is just one of the many ways we’re able to say thank you to the people who help to shape a vibrant, sustainable and resilient community together.”

Throughout Dufferin County, town and county councils will be proclaiming National Volunteer Week and participating in various events, both in person and virtually, in celebration of volunteers. Nonprofits are planning specific thank you initiatives including volunteer teas, tokens of appreciation and invitations to special events.

Volunteer Dufferin is sharing the message about the importance of volunteering in helping to build a sense of belonging and purpose with the local Rogers TV program Dufferin Life with Teena Avery. The organization appreciate the commitment of local governments, organizations and businesses in recognizing the important role volunteers play in their communities.

“There has never been a more urgent need for volunteers,” said Volunteer Dufferin in a press release. “Right now our local nonprofits are in particular need of new members for their boards of directors. If you are looking for a way to make meaningful change, board work is a great way to find that sense of purpose and help shape the future of your community. Volunteer Dufferin is here to help! We match individuals with a broad range of meaningful opportunities through our robust web-based platform that is simple to use, quick and convenient. It’s also completely free for all users! In as little as 15 minutes you can log in to our portal, create a profile, identify areas you are interested in and browse available opportunities in the community. You will also receive email notifications when new opportunities match your profile”

Volunteer Dufferin would like to extend the sincerest thanks to every volunteer in Dufferin County.

“Your work weaves us together and helps make life better for us all,” the organization said.

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