As we all clap out National Volunteer Week 2020, let’s have a round of applause for this country’s volunteers and those who support volunteering, as they walk down our virtual red carpet…

Cheers to volunteers who are:

delivering groceries to people self-isolating…

staying home from helping at homework clubs…

answering the phone line listening to our distress…

staying home from teaching newcomers English…

driving people to appointments…

staying home from leading activities in seniors’ homes…

sewing masks…

staying home from teaching chess at drop-in centres…

moderating online meetings…

staying home from leading tours at museums…

hosting live stream singalongs…

staying home from sorting donations at thrift shops…

tutoring online…

staying home from coaching soccer in the fields…

mentoring youth online…

staying home from teaching ballroom dancing at community centres…

picking up medications…

staying home from libraries…

chairing online board meetings…

staying home from reading to pre-schoolers at the day care centre…

recording mini-concerts…

and checking in with family, neighbours, and friends!

Let’s applaud all those who support volunteering.  Cheers to…

Volunteer centres for connecting volunteers to community needs!

Volunteer resource managers for warmly and safely involving volunteers!

Corporate Community Engagement Professionals for supporting employee volunteers and non-profit partners!

Cities, regions, provinces, territories, and federal departments for supporting volunteer mobilization!

Special cheers to those who made National Volunteer Week so special this year…including the Volunteer Canada team and wonderfully creative folks at McGill Buckley!