National Volunteer Week Countdown!

National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2011)
Celebrating Our Community’s Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism that our country has.  Each year Volunteer Victoria is proud to lead local celebrations of our community’s more than 138,000 volunteers (that’s one in three Victorian’s) who are the lifeblood of our community year-round.

Volunteers Grow Community and contribute their time and skills to many valuable programs and services that we all rely upon. Whether teaming up to build housing for the homeless, or individually helping a new Canadian make Victoria their home, locally volunteers contribute more than 23 million hours a year to our community.

These incredible individuals build community and make Victoria a much better place in which to live. Getting you involved in building community is the work of Volunteer Victoria. Volunteer Victoria currently works with nearly 300 non-profit organizations, and refers more than 16,500 volunteers to them each year.

You can find volunteers doing everything from managing a blog to developing on-line training. Volunteers also share the wonder of science, provide leadership on boards, teach art to kids, do financial planning, hold frail hands, support families in crisis, bring joy through music, build nature trails, make history come alive, and so very much more.

Once a year we honour them, but they’re there for us every day of the year. During this National Volunteer Week, we give our heartfelt thanks to each of you who give so willingly of your time and expertise.

Volunteer Week Calendar of Events:

  • Wednesday, April 13th Cooperative Ad in Black Press
    Watch for our “Thank You Volunteers!” cooperative ad in today’s Black Press papers.

  • Thursday, April 14th Volunteer Fair and Celebration:
    The Bay Centre, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Noon to 1:00 p.m. Volunteer Recognition and Celebration event
    2:00 p.m. Final draw for prizes
    Everyone welcome! Join us!
    Enjoy refreshments, prizes and great music as we recognize and celebrate the impact of our community’s volunteers.

  • Friday, April 15 Volunteering with Benefits: Marriott Inner Habour Hotel, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    You won’t want to miss UnitedNOW’s Volunteering with Benefits time raising event!
    Come out and bid (with volunteer hours) on great prizes, enjoy appies and the company of other amazing community-minded people!
    Tickets only $10. Act fast!   

  • Saturday, April 16th Cooperative Ad in Times Colonist
    Watch for our “Thank You Volunteers!” cooperative ad in today’s Times Colonist newspaper.

Thank you to our National Volunteer Week Partners!
Volunteer Victoria would like to sincerely thank the following National Volunteer Week partners for helping to make our celebrations possible.

We could not do what we do without the support of wonderful community-minded organizations like:

Our Media Partners:
/A Vancouver Island, Black Press, C-FAX 1070, 107.3 KOOL FM, Times Colonist

Our Volunteer Fair and Celebration Event Partners:
The Bay Centre, Fairway Markets, Starbucks (Bay Centre), Nite and Day musicians, FastSigns, and Ambrosia Conference and Event centre.


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