Celebrating the community’s volunteers


In 1985 the United Nations introduced the International Day of Volunteers.
Each year this day is set aside to recognize the gift of time given by volunteers. Volunteers make our world a better place. On Thursday, Dec. 1 more than 130 volunteers joined VIQ at Amica Quinte Gardens for our International Day of the Volunteer celebration sponsored by Via Rail Canada. The evening was filled with Christmas carols by Rob Green, dignitaries’ congratulations, door prizes and a lot of conversation, singing and laughter.
We would like to congratulate Sharon Gerow of Belleville as this year’s winner of our grand door prize: a trip for two to Quebec City compliments of Via Rail Canada including two night’s accommodations from Williams Hotels and a $200 meal allowance from the City of Belleville. Gerow volunteers her time with the Belleville Hospital Auxiliary. A special thank you to our keynote speaker Sandy Watson, you were truly an inspiration to all volunteers in attendance.
A special thank you to Via Rail Canada, Amica Quinte Gardens, local businesses, Williams Hotels, City of Belleville, our local dignitaries, Rob Green, our community volunteers and the agencies and groups that supported our event. Congratulations to all.
Our Christmas tree program is well underway, we currently are overflowing with beautiful trees and decorations in our office. Now it is time to make a family smile. This is a self identified program that assists families in the community to make the holiday season a little less stressful, together we can make Christmas morning special. Individuals or families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties that require an artificial tree and decorations are encouraged to contact our office at 613-969-8862.
Volunteer opportunities to choose from this week include:
• H.J McFarland Memorial Home in Picton is seeking friendly visitors who can visit, read, go on outings or assist residents with programs of interest. They also require activity volunteers help set-up, clean-up and assist residents to and from the activity and to help with the facilitation of activities.
• Kerry’s Place Autism Services requires office volunteers to provide clerical, planning and organization support.
• Pathways to Independence is seeking volunteers to provide socialization and friendship to group home residents who have acquired brain injuries and some degrees of physical limitations. Friendly visitors who can talk about sports, current events, play a game of cards, read and share a cup of coffee.
• Deseronto Helping Hands Food Bank requires volunteers to stock shelves, re-distribute large amounts of food into smaller containers, help prepare bags and boxes of food appropriate for size of family and some cleaning.
• Quinte West Youth Centre is looking for volunteers who wouldn’t mind coming in and cleaning the floors and bathroom. This is a moderate intensity cleaning of four large rooms and three small bathrooms.

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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