New year brings in new opportunities

This is a time when we tend to reflect on the year past and make plans for the new year. Looking at our successes and challenges and figuring out how to do things differently and setting goals to work on is a common theme as the year ends. I encourage you to consider volunteering as a source of reaching your goals. Sure, volunteering is a good thing to do and a great way to give back; but it is also an effective tool to help you reach goals. For job seekers it can help you develop employable skills, build your resume and gain references. Or, if you’re wanting to explore career interests, you can volunteer in the sector you are interested in and learn more about that job and rub shoulders with people who are working in that field. Or perhaps you have a talent or skill that you would like to use or develop, you can share that talent or teach our next generation. It is statistically proven the right volunteer positions can decrease stress and improve your mental health and self-esteem. Because you are focusing on others and doing something you enjoy and are good at. We have numerous positions available and you only need to commit to as little as one to four hours a month.
Some options to choose from this week include:
• Several retirement and long-term care homes throughout Hasting and Prince Edward counties are looking for volunteers to assist with a number of programs. You can share your musical talents, plan or assist with arts and crafts, fitness programs and games. Or you can be a friendly visitor or go on outings.
• Community Livings throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties are seeking friendly visitors who can build relationships and share skills with people they support. You can go on outings, enjoy a shared hobby or just visit.
• The Quinte Humane Society is looking for volunteers who can socialize animals by playing, petting and walking them, no dirty work required. Children and youth are welcome if they are accompanied an adult.
• The Salvation Army Warm Room is seeking volunteers to assist in preparation, serving and clean-up of an evening meal for up to approximately 70 people. Hours of operation are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily until mid-March.
• Inn from the Cold requires volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks starting January 18 through to February 28. Tasks include food prep, cooking, dish washing, door greeter, security, server, clean up, chief cook and supervisors. Inn from the Cold provides a warm place to come in for a meal.
• BCT requires volunteer drivers to transport individuals in the Quinte area to medical appointments, locally and long distances. These drives may also include stops for necessities such as drug store, groceries, bank or post office. Mileage will be reimbursed.
• Gateway Community Health Centre is looking for play group volunteers in Tweed, Marmora and Madoc to assist with crafts, activities and interact with young children as they play and to help with room set-up and take-down.
• The Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is seeking thrift shop volunteers to work three hour shifts a week to provide customer service, sorting, pricing, doing pick ups and small repair work.

Volunteer & Information Quinte refers volunteers to over 260 agencies throughout Hastings & Prince Edward Counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to fulfill the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at www.viq.ca for more information volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others”. VIQ is a United Way Member Agency.

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