I went to the Port Dover Harbour Museum the other day and saw a few. I have a meeting with a few more who are busy planning an event this week. There were quite a few at church. Many do things in the church like the church board which includes things like finance and secretary as well as committees for all sorts of things. The place was clean because of a volunteer. The coffee was made because of a volunteer. The water tank was full because of a volunteer. Then there are the volunteers who are in the church who do things elsewhere: Boards of Trade, Rotary, Library Board, Soup Kitchen, team coaches, Lions Club, Sorority, etc. I also attended a function at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. It was the Maureen Dodd Foundation annual talent show. A troop of volunteers made that happen.
If you gave a donation to a charity you are able to feel confident the money will be well spent and cared for because of volunteers. Not many are visible because a lot of the work they do is behind closed doors. If someone is part of a board for an agency (and every not for profit agency has a board) then they put in no less than 3 hours a month for at least 10 months of the year.
There are volunteers in the schools who help with all sorts of things, volunteers in the hospital and senior’s homes.
If your life wasn’t touched, in some way, by the work of a volunteer today I would be very surprised.
Do you know someone who volunteers? I would ask you to pick up a card or a bunch of flowers and deliver them to that volunteer this week. They don’t get a lot of thanks for what they do and praise makes giving so much easier.
For more on volunteer week in Canada visit Volunteer Canada.
Let us know where you see volunteers this week.