Newsletter #139



Issue #139

Meals on wheels week in Quebec   March 15th to March 22nd 2020

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program that provides hot nutritious meals to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. The Meals on Wheels program in the West Island began in a church kitchen in Lachine in 1969. Now, more than 850 volunteer shoppers, cooks, and drivers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island. Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired workers, business professionals, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and many others. Their combined efforts allow over 400 people, who have been referred through hospitals, CLSCs and rehabilitation centers, to receive hot lunches at minimal cost. These fresh, home-cooked meals include a balanced main dish and a dessert prepared by volunteers, and delivered directly to the door by volunteers – 47,000 meals per annum!                                                                            

For more information please call (514) 457-5445.

Two IQVIA Volunteer Teams and Volunteer West Island Make a Difference at Sun Youth at Christmas!

“Very humbling to provide a small amount of help to what is a well-oiled group of volunteers at Sun Youth! Keep up the great work!” said a member of one of the IQVIA teams of volunteers helping out at Sun Youth the week before Christmas. Organized at the company level by Client Service Manager Maria Rafeletos and Shannon Cloutier, Technology Solutions Consultant, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment program, the pre-Christmas activity allowed volunteers to contribute the crucial work Sun Youth does in the community.  Lisa Perrault, Sun Youth’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services, warmly welcomed the IQVIA teams. Ms Rafeletos shared other comments from her team:
  • “Very humbling experience to be able to help the less fortunate, especially around the holidays.”
  • “Great time…thank you for the very memorable afternoon 😊”
  • “Great eye-opening experience, thank you for all your hard work and dedication!”
Sun Youth, one of Volunteer West Island’s (VWI) community partners, works actively to alleviate poverty and prevent exclusion. The non-profit organization provides individuals and families with a wide range of emergency services such as food, clothing, medical and financial assistance and promotes physical, educational, and intellectual development. Ms Cloutier summed up her team’s comments about their volunteer experience, saying the initiative was very well organized and ran smoothly, that it was a humbling experience, how happy they were to help others less fortunate.  Both Ms Cloutier and Ms Rafelatos said how much they and they colleagues T IQVIA were looking forward to working with VWI again to help out at Sun Youth.                                              

SharkNinja and Volunteer West Island Collaborate to Make a Difference in the Community!

Each year Animatch, Omega Community Resources, and Moisson Montréal look forward eagerly to the celebration of SharkNinja’s annual Impact Day. Organized again at the company level by HR Manager Rose D’Aiuto, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program, these non-profit organizations benefit from the energy, enthusiasm and hard work of the employees-volunteers from SharkNinja who reach out to the community and lend many much-needed hands! Moisson Montréal is the largest food bank in Canada, offering services to other food banks and community groups, as well as helping families, and individuals. Omega Community Resources is an important West Island resource for clients dealing with mental health challenges. Animatch has relocated to new premises and provides rescue/socialization/adoption opportunities for dogs.   Volunteer activities included classifying donations, packaging, transporting, and organizing stores and inventory at Moisson; cooking, baking, preparing, and serving meals at Omega Day Centre; sorting and arranging building materials and assembling structures at the new Animatch site – and of course, playing with the Animatch Refuge dogs! February 2020

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