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 West 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 Foundation’s 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