Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. – Volunteer Canada
A recent Volunteer Canada study showed that sincere words highlighting the impact of a volunteer’s contributions are meaningful and appreciated. Volunteer recognition begins during the recruitment process. Understanding what volunteers look for in the volunteer experience, and offering the types of roles they want are important first steps, acknowledging these potential volunteers as the individuals they are, while simultaneously assisting them in their quest to be a part of an organization or group whose values they share and whose goals they wish to promote.
National Volunteer Week is the time to formally thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. However, ongoing recognition is crucial to making volunteers feel appreciated and engaged year-round. Community groups can accomplish this by acknowledging the work their volunteers do, letting them know the importance of their contributions on the organization’s mission and in the community.
Volunteer West Island has been helping the community since 1967, actively promoting volunteerism by recruiting, training, and referring dedicated volunteers to non-profit community organizations so as to meet the diverse needs of the Montreal West Island community. VWI provides effective matches between the focus of each volunteer and the needs of the community and can offer a wide choice of Individual, Youth, or Corporate/Group volunteer opportunities suited to the volunteers’ interests and availability.
Volunteers mentor our children, feed our hungry, comfort the lonely, beautify our green spaces and provide front-line services to support hundreds of non-profit organizations. Volunteerism is a vehicle for social inclusion, citizen engagement, skills-development, and enhancement of democracy. If you are looking for a way to help your community, visit Volunteer West Island’s site www.cabvwi.org – and see what’s there for you.
Volunteer West Island has something for everyone!