by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support
National Volunteer Week is next week, April 15-21. Volunteer Canada has declared this year’s theme as, “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.
Community is definitely built on the efforts of countless Volunteers. The one quality that stands out about Volunteers is that they are giving of their time, talents, and energy to something that they believe is important. Right here at KDHSI, we have 128 active Volunteers helping out in such a variety of ways.
KDHSI volunteers are such an integral part of everything that goes on here – from the behind the scenes work the Board of Directors is involved in, to committee work, to the office volunteers answering the phone and arranging drives, ensuring Meals on Wheels are ready and delivered on time, visiting with seniors in their homes, planning and shopping for the weekly Diners’ Club. The list goes on and on… and each area our volunteers are involved in is equally important to ensuring the programs and services offered continue at the same level and quality. KDHSI volunteers are also very involved in so many aspects of our Big Band Dance fundraiser this Saturday April 14. If you are planning on coming, don’t forget to reserve your spot!
Working with so many phenomenal volunteers, who give of their time so freely to help out and build connections and community, I truly feel blessed to be able to come to work with this great TEAM!
All of our Volunteers are invited to stop by the during Volunteer Week, April 15-21, for some refreshments at the “Appreciation Station” and to give Bev, Carol, Jennifer and myself an opportunity to say thank you in person!
Abraham Joshua Heschel writes that, “Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation.”
Here’s to Celebrating our Volunteers and our Community.
Until next time, Susan.