This year la Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec (FCABQ) has chosen as their theme for Volunteer Week 2016 “Volunteering, a free gesture, a collective impact”.
Volunteers choose to participate actively to help others, generously giving of their time, skills, and energy. Such actions generate positive impacts for the whole community, as well as for the volunteers themselves; these singular gestures promote personal development and radiate outward, contributing to the emergence of a social conscience for the management of our community environment through community involvement.
Volunteers commit to causes they believe in because these resonate for them, echoing values, fulfilling expectations, and meeting needs. Every volunteer is thus a symbol of solidarity: through their actions, they create and strengthen the social fabric of their communities. As in the “domino effect”, where the slightest movement of any single piece triggers an effect on the whole, every action performed by the more than 2 million active volunteers in Quebec is part of a dynamic movement, producing a chain reaction that benefits the entire community.
As hundreds of organizations celebrate the invaluable contributions of millions of volunteers over the years, we invite you to promote volunteering in your turn, recognizing the impact of those involved in your community!
Created in 1972, FCABQ is a nonprofit organization that brings together 115 volunteer centres (cabs) across Quebec. Its mission is to mobilize support for and represent volunteer centres, stimulating the promotion, recognition, and development of a wide variety of different volunteer practices throughout the communities they serve.
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 ofIndividual, 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.