Become a Volunteer
Volunteer Appreciation Week - April 18 - 24, 2010
Organizations across Canada are taking a moment this week to thank the volunteers that help make their work possible and our communities better.
"Canada is a compassionate nation. There are 12.5 million Canadians volunteering in some form in this country", says Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada. "The work of volunteering is essential to our communities as well as to our social fabric..." Canada boasts over 161,000 registered charitable organizations within which volunteers play a key role. According to the 2007 Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the largest survey ever completed that examines how Canadians support each other and their communities, volunteers contribute two billion hours each year, the equivalent of one million full-time jobs.
The CAS of Brant is so proud of the accomplishments and contributions made by our volunteers as an enhancement and support to agency services. Volunteers are involved in roles as Tutors, Special Friends, Volunteer Drivers, and are directly connected to community After School and Homework Help programs, Teen Parenting Group, Breakfast programs and assist with special events and projects such as bicycle rodeos, Christmas donations and the Santa Shop, Home Depot Days, gift wrapping at Christmas, Foster Parent Picnic (providing crafts for the children in attendance), assisting with activities at "George", etc. etc.
We have a strong relationship with Laurier Brant, Mohawk College and Nipissing University, one that provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience, reinforcing the academic portion of their studies. Their involvement provides many of our agency programs with the "extra pairs of ears, eyes and hands" assisting our staff to offer programs for our children, youth & families.
Many of you, our staff, are volunteers in your own community as well. Perhaps you coach a soccer or basketball team, volunteer as a Big Brother/Sister, are involved in community services group activities, or volunteer to participate in events that raise funds that organizations are so desperate for. Thank you for sharing of your time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
Please take time to say THANK YOU to volunteers in our community, whose efforts and hard work help shape our country 365 days a year.
Coordinator of Volunteer Services
|Drivers||Our drivers provide more than just skillful driving. They provide children of varied backgrounds the opportunity to attend appointments, camp experiences, and visits which are vital to their development and growth. They also provide support and encouragement to adults who are in need of transportation to medical appointments, family visits, summer camp, etc.||Various Times and Hours|
|Special Friends||Special Friends develop a personal relationship with a child in order to build his or her self-esteem, get him or her involved in the community and provide a positive role model.||Various Times and Hours|
|Clerical Support||Volunteers assist with preparing mailings, resource materials, photocopying, etc.||Various Times and Hours|
|Special Event Volunteers||Provide assistance for occasional/short term family focused events which are offered in the community, e.g. organizing a craft area for children and their families, mall displays, etc.||Various Times and Hours|
|Board Members||Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who are concerned about the safety of children and the support of families where children are at risk.||Please contact the Volunteer Coorfinator for information about Board Members|