National Volunteer Week this year is April 15-21. It is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.
In Orillia, like so many cities, volunteers are the backbone of the organizations and agencies that make this place a community.
Many of us, unintentionally, take volunteers for granted. But, imagine for a minute, if we didn’t have volunteers to support the many causes and activities that they give to.
Without volunteers, most sports groups and teams would not exist. If there weren’t people willing to give freely of their time and expertise, there would be virtually no arts and theatre programming.
If volunteers opted not to volunteer, many of our vital community agencies – the hospital, blood donor clinics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Canadian Cancer Society and myriad other critically important entities – would cease to exist.
We know volunteers matter deeply to Orillia. With that in mind, OrilliaMatters wants to recognize and honour local volunteers. We encourage you to send in a photo and/or a short story about a volunteer that has made a difference. It could be as simple as a photo and caption of a volunteer at work or it could be a personal story about how a volunteer touched the community or it could be an account describing how volunteers are vital to a particular group or organization.
Every day, volunteers in Orillia answer the call. We ask you to answer this call to honour them. Email your photos/stories do firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13.
And look forward to seeing local volunteers recognized in OrilliaMatters during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21.