Thank Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

sunriseNational Volunteer Week is this April 7 – 13th. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank Guelph and Wellington’s 98,000 volunteers! How are we celebrating? Here’s how:

With support from community minded business, PIN, The People and Information Network provided 4000 Caring Community Cards for distribution to volunteers who support our member agencies as a thank you for their great work.

In addition, PIN will celebrate volunteerism at our annual Time To Give Breakfast, April 12 – Volunteering: Good for Individuals. Good for Community. Good for Business.

In 2018, Volunteer Canada released ‘The Value of Volunteering’ to illustrate the immense and far reaching benefits of volunteer involvement in Canada.

Volunteers contributed two billion hours to Canada’s work effort in 2017. This volunteer contribution is valued at $55.9 billion; equivalent to 2.6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)Conference Board of Canada

Volunteering is a vital resource and, if volunteering were an industry, it would employ nearly as many people as those currently working in education.

It’s good for individuals. Volunteering supports skill development, sense of belonging and well-being.

It’s good for community. Volunteering builds and strengthens resiliency, cohesion and social inclusion.

It’s good for business. Attracting talent, Stakeholder Relations and Employee Engagement.

Friday, April 12 beginning at 7:30 am


Eric Shirley, Manager Corporate Events and Projects at Volunteer Canada


But that is not all! Guelph Tribune is be running a special feature in the newspaper as well as the Wellington Advertiser, appreciating volunteers in our community and the PIN team will again plant a garden in honour of volunteers in the Royal City Park.

In addition, we welcome nominations for the Dr. Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Award until April 13th. Learn more about Dr. Winegard, the award and nomination form here.

To our community’s volunteers – thank you for all your efforts this past year. Every baked good you made, all the miles you drove, the events you hosted and the children you mentored, the elders you visited are amazing examples of this community’s special philanthropic spirit. Your willingness to participate embodies what it means to build community together. Thank you!

Last, but not least, we ask YOU to join us in thanking volunteers on social media using #GratitudeGW. Snap a photo of volunteers in action, or simply express your thanks for all the great work volunteers do on a daily basis.

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by Old Quebec Street Shoppes.  Located in the scenic heart of downtown Guelph, Old Quebec Street occupies a unique role in the history of the city—a role which continues to evolve with time. Part shopping centre, part office space, Old Quebec Street provides a charming and memorable experience to visitors; an experience that is intimately tied to its history.

Many thanks to Old Quebec Street Shoppes for their sponsorship and helping celebrate volunteerism in our community; “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”

Posted on April 2, 2019