Welcome Volunteer Week!

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Too often we under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

 –Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia

Volunteers working together to pack a food hamper

Each year organizations across Canada shine a spotlight on the people who are making a lasting difference in the lives of many.  Who might these extraordinary people be?  Volunteers!  Today marks the beginning of a weeklong national celebration of volunteerism.

According to the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 13.3 million Canadians volunteered their time through a group or organization, giving about 2.1 billion hours in 2010 alone.  The volunteers at House of Friendship’s Emergency Food Hamper program are certainly doing their part.

In 2011, about 200 volunteers gave over 12,500 hours to this program!  2012 will certainly be no exception with over 100 people volunteering in the past four months alone, accounting for 3600 hours.

Over the next few days we will be highlighting the people who work behind the scenes to make a program like ours possible.  While all of our volunteers have different reasons for volunteering at the EFHP, each and every one of them share the common goal of wanting to provide food assistance to those in need of food in our community.

We recognize not only the gift of time that volunteers give programs like ours, but we also acknowledge those extra touches that a volunteer can provide.  Sometimes when the lobby is packed with people waiting, it can be easy to forget about the individuals and families behind the numbers.  The volunteers here seem to be ever in tune with the fact that, while we may be quite busy, it can be those personal touches that can put a patron at ease or provide them with some comfort in what may be one of the most difficult seasons of their life.  So for this, and the many other things that volunteers bring to a program like ours, we salute the great works of volunteers here and beyond the walls of 807 Guelph Street.

From all of us at House of Friendship, we say ‘thank you’.

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