The Comox Valley is seeking 1475 more volunteer(s).
National Volunteer Week Wrap Up
Written by: Tabitha Shaw
Once again, National Volunteer Week has wrapped up and served as a reminder to thank all of the wonderful individuals who contribute so much to the Comox Valley. To celebrate the occasion, Volunteer Comox Valley hosted its second Impact Awards - an appreciation event at Zocalo Cafe in recognition of the outstanding volunteers in our community. The event included laughter, tears, hugs, great food, a musical performance by Schiehallion – and the representing winner of each category took home a framed award print. The Volunteer Impact Awards serves to inspire others to contribute to our community.
Tyler Voigt, Executive Director of Volunteer Comox Valley explains that, “We work as volunteers, sometimes invisible to each other every day; quietly, compassionately, and sometimes secretly. There is no badge of honor to distinguish what you contribute to our beautiful community each day, but I hope that this serves as a simple reminder that we need you.”
According to Statistics Canada, 10% of volunteers accounted for 53% of all volunteer hours given to non-profit and charitable organizations in 2010. In the Comox Valley most of these exceptional volunteers that contribute a substantial amount of hours are retired, and will not be able to continue providing this capacity of service during the next decade. Volunteer Comox Valley actively encourages current volunteers to inspire others, assists local organizations in finding new volunteers, assists individuals with finding volunteer placement, and empowers the next generation of volunteers to step forward.
There are currently One Thousand Six Hundred open volunteer positions on www.volunteercomoxvalley.ca – this number will likely increase during the summer. National Volunteer Week serves as a reminder of the valuable work that volunteers do to build and support our community, and in the years to come these volunteers will inspire others to pick up the torch and become engaged participants in the betterment of this wonderful place that we all call home.