Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians and Volunteer West Island: Kindred Spirits, Effective Teamwork!

Once again members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Chapter reach out a helping hand to the community, or rather many hands at the recent Welcome Hall Mission Sale.

Volunteering is a habit for Rotarians.  This particular volunteer initiative was arranged in collaboration with the indefatigable Brenda Scalzo, Community Chair of the Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Chapter; Tania Togias, Volunteer Coordinator for Welcome Hall Mission; and Volunteer WesRotary 1t Island’s Corporate/Group Volunteer Recruitment Program.  If there is a need, Rotarians will be there!

Members of the Montreal Lakeshore Rotary Chapter, a valued Service Group partner of VWI, continue to be active in the West Island and Montreal areas throughout the year, helping non-profit organizations and making a difference in the community.

They collected and assembled Care & Comfort Packages, including much-needed toiletries and warm socks, for residents of CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger.  At Easter they provided Easter treats and lily plants.  During the summer they joined D-BV volunteers and staff at an Ice Cream Day, organized by D-B Viger Special Care Counselor Renée Mathieu.  Another summer activity where Rotarians were present was the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundations annual Duck Race coordinated by Anne-Marie Milard.

Frequently teams of enthusiastic members of the Chapter, again organized by Brenda Scalzo in collaboration with VWI, lend a hand at Welcome Hall Mission.  Such assistance is always appreciated by Ms Togias and the Welcome Hall Team, especially at times when there was a shortage of volunteers, an increase in food and clothing donations, and a high demand for the Mission’s crucial services during frigid winter days.

Prior to Christmas teams of Rotarian-volunteers participate annually via VWI connections in the LGHF’s annual Gift Wrapping Project at Fairview Shopping Centre – wrapping customers’ purchases, all ready for gift-giving.  Donations from grateful shoppers benefit the LGH Foundation.  In addition, Rotarians are assembling and delivering Christmas Baskets for 12 West lsland families through the Dorval Community Centre.  Lending a hand is what Roarians excel at.

Volunteer West Island

It’s about time…

…time to help others

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