As National Volunteer Week creeps towards us (April 19-25), it's important to take the time to reflect on the integral role that volunteers play in the nonprofit sector.
This year's theme is: It's time to applaud this country's volunteers.
I can think of no better theme given the global crisis that we find ourselves grappling with. While the way we celebrate our volunteers this year will no doubt differ from previous years, it's important that we remember to take the time to find creative ways to acknowledge those who have, and continue to, support program delivery in our communities. Volunteer Canada has created a list of 10 virtual ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week. You can find that list here: https://blog.volunteer.ca/how-to-celebrate-national-volunteer-week-virtually/
During these challenging times, it's also important to empower our volunteers, oncoming and ongoing, and learn and grow with them as we transition to more virtual ways of volunteering and as we learn how to continue to support our nonprofits in a time of physical distancing. Volunteer Lethbridge is working with our local nonprofits to do just this. We have created a list of volunteer opportunities that are still needed during the time of Covid. You can find that here: https://volunteerlethbridge.com/Listings.php?ListType=Membership_featureDetail&ID=188&MenuItemID=68
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Finally, while we're all establishing our new "normal", please remember that you are not alone during these times. The only way we can get through this is together.