Newsletter #120



Issue #120

Volunteer West Island Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 15th – 21st 2018

Volunteer West Island, in keeping with its mission, strongly supports and encourages all those interested in becoming volunteers, promoting volunteerism in the community, or setting up a volunteer program for their employees or group members.
Volunteerism strengthens the fabric of a community. Get involved! Encourage volunteering and help make YOUR community a better place to live, work, and play!

Thank you to all the volunteers who make a difference in the West Island Community!

What Can I Do to Make a Difference in My Community?
Consider Becoming a Volunteer!

Volunteer work can show you how to use and hone skills you already have, enable you to develop new ones and discover abilities you didn’t know you possessed. Skills you acquire through volunteer work are transferable to the workplace and can increase your level of employability in today’s competitive job market. Increasingly employers demand that potential new hires be well-rounded, community-minded workers with ample volunteer experience.
Volunteer work provides much-needed assistance to local non-profit community organizations offering crucial services to residents and can also result in positive outcomes for volunteers: references from supervisors, helpful contacts, pertinent work experience, and sometimes even offers of employment.
Volunteer work builds skills sets, increases confidence, and provides a sense of satisfaction.
Here are some ways to start your search for meaningful volunteer opportunities. Begin with where you are now. Compile lists.

Some questions to consider are:

  •  What do you like to do?
    o Brainstorm a list of things you enjoy.
    o List your current interests.
    o Is there something new you would like to participate in?
  • What are your skills?
    o What abilities do you already have?
    o What did you learn in school or in the workplace that would be useful in helping others?
    o Do you have specific training or experience?
    o Are you interested in expanding your skill set?
    o What would you like to learn?
  • How much time do you have to offer?
    o Are you available weekdays, weekends, after work/after school?
  • What transportation options are available to you?

Examine your lists to see if they have areas in common, or lead you in a particular direction. Check the Volunteer Opportunities to look at some of the volunteer positions available.
Whether you have a particular volunteer opportunity in mind, or are open to a variety of options, please complete the online volunteer application form. A Volunteer Coordinator will contact you shortly to discuss possibilities to help you find a match between your interests and schedule and the needs of community groups looking for volunteers.



Please contact (514) 457-5445 for information or to volunteer.

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