April is National Volunteer Month and across Canada we celebrate the dedication and contributions of volunteers. Each day, countless people make the decision to volunteer in their community. People volunteer for many different reasons and there are certainly lots of ways you can volunteer. Volunteering helps you build connections within your community. It also improves your health and wellbeing. Volunteering builds your skill-base and it can fulfill your life.
MentorAction is supported by many dedicated volunteers. Our steering committee members are all volunteers. They meet regularly and also volunteer on many initiatives. They bring their skills, knowledge and energy to every table. All of our presenters are also volunteers. Professional athletes and coaches donate their time to meet with youth and raise awareness. This past year, our volunteers stayed active and committed. COVID-19 did not stop our volunteers or our work to end gender-based violence. Though we could not meet face-to-face, our volunteers donated their time to meet virtually.
“In 2018, almost 12.7 million people volunteered for charities, non-profits and community organizations – accounting for 41% of Canadians aged 15 and older.” – StatCan. COVID-19 restrictions certainly created challenges, but volunteers found new ways to support. Some volunteers delivered groceries to seniors, while others sewed facemasks. Volunteers are incredibly creative and determined people who continually rise to the challenge. Through the month of April, we acknowledge and thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time and energy.
On behalf of Interval House of Hamilton and MentorAction, we would like to thank the many volunteers who have supported our work.