National Volunteer Week is here!

It is here; National Volunteer Week April 24-30, 2022!

The spirit of the community shines bright from the incredible acts of generosity of volunteers. 

Each of us are impacted by the support of volunteers. As coaches to our children’s sports team, tutors helping our children to improve their readings, leaders of local youth groups and programs, volunteers who help your parents and grandparents in the community, retirement and long-term care; examples of people helping people and the core of human kindness.  

Volunteerism is the participation in purposeful helping activities without monetary compensation. It can involve a variety of activities, taking place occasionally over the course of a year, or a more consistent and sustained commitment, such as a weekly commitment to a specific cause. – Volunteering Counts: Formal and Informal Contributions of Canadians in 2018, Volunteer Canada

Whether through informal acts like driving your neighbour to church, organizing a food drive on your street or your family’s annual golf tournament that raises funds for a cause you believe it, you are volunteering!

Formally, volunteering will have more in-depth screening, if volunteering with vulnerable individuals as example, fulsome orientation and training, ongoing support and recognition. These roles power nonprofits, charities as well as institutions such as hospitals; volunteers are fueling and driving the missions of organizations in deep, impactful ways.

Informally or formally, volunteerism is #EmpathyInAction. This year, the theme of National Volunteer Week is that affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities.

When you choose to volunteer, you are making an active choice on shaping the kind of community you want to live, work and play in. We see the actions of volunteers in our community and we appreciate your volunteer efforts!

Check out the features in the Guelph Mercury Tribune Special Edition and Wellington Advertiser promoting volunteering as well as appreciation shared through Magic 106 and 1460 CJOY. Read our daily volunteerism blog and social media post; follow along and tag @PINnetworkGW and join the conversation nationally with the hashtag #NVW2022 and our very own #DoGiveShareGW!

We believe that everyone has something to contribute to our community and we are grateful for volunteers. Thank you.

 

Posted on April 24, 2022

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