Volunteer Stories

Volunteers support ‘Lending is the New Spending’.

“A world where communities find joy in sharing; the mission of the Guelph Tool Library is fueled by volunteers with a passion for sustainability, zero waste lifestyle, poverty reduction, and fighting climate change. Operating since 2016, the Guelph Tool Library has over 500 members and an inventory of over 1000 tools. Voluntary efforts have supported…

Service with a Smile! Thank you Bruce

“Since the early days of the pandemic, Bruce has been volunteering with The SEED as a Delivery Driver, delivering groceries in our refrigerated van.” says Madeline Barber, Community Resources Coordinator at The SEED. “Bruce comes at least once a week (usually even more) to take the food from our community food warehouse out to people’s…

Youth Volunteer Volunteer Spotlight – Thank you Bodhana!

PIN facilitated a Youth Engagement Project, which took place over the summer to engage youth and support them to obtain Community Involvement hours. This project was funded by the City of Guelph through the Emergency Grant.    The project provided youth with the opportunity to work with PIN through curated volunteer opportunities for youth and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Volunteer Opportunities; a unique opportunity inviting youth to complete tasks…

Ontario Thanks Volunteers!

Join us this Thanksgiving and appreciate the millions of volunteers who have stepped up, leaped into action and supported communities through the province including right here at home. PIN is proud to be connected to a vital network of Volunteer Centres in Ontario. We know the value of volunteers. We think you do too. This…

Thank you Carol and Linda!

October 1 is National Seniors Day in Canada, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. This annual day is a way to celebrate the wisdom and the gifts of older adults that have positive impact around the world, in our country and right here at home. In honour of this day…

The enormous effect of volunteers throughout the pandemic cannot be underscored.

Guelph, Ontario | September 1, 2021 | ‘The Value of One, The Power of Many’ was the National Volunteer Week 2021 theme. Celebrated annually in April, National Volunteer Week aims to recognize the efforts of volunteers across Canada. From one person bringing laughter and light to a senior’s day to many volunteers working together to…

COVID did not stop Jair Calva from volunteering!

COVID did not stop Jair Calva from volunteering! With an interest in data and a passion for community, Jair began volunteering with PIN – The People and Information Network during the pandemic virtually. “For me”, shares Jair, “PIN has been a place of opportunities, even in this challenging time that we are facing. In my…

Tracey has found her volunteer experience fulfilling

For almost 4 years, Tracey Darling has volunteered in support of food access with Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) Friday pantry.  Chalmers Community Services Centre offers food, clothing, diapers, bedding, sundry household items and mending to vulnerable people experiencing insecurities in our community. CCSC collaborates with other organizations to work on the larger issue of…

Thirza is a valued member.

“Thirza Armstrong is a valued member of the Guelph Tool Library team” says John Dennis, Guelph Tool Library Coordinator, “she sits on the Steering Committee, coordinates a number of projects, is a librarian, fundraiser, and provides her artistic and creative flair to all her work.” But that is not all. Thirza created the Guelph Tool…

Nawab Azizi answered the Call to Action.

“Nawab has given so much time to his community that he truly deserves this award. He hasn’t been a part of the program for one year yet, but he has already volunteered more than what would be required of him over a 2-year period” says Colten Ura,  Developmental Service Coordinator at Family Counselling and Support…