This week is National Volunteer Week. The theme ‘The Value of One. The Power of Many’ reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common good.
Prior to purchasing the paper, I worked for 15ish years in resource development for non-profit and charity organizations. Part of my role involved volunteer recruitment and training. I was always in awe of the talent and dedication that would brighten my world.
The first year I owned the paper my heart swelled. The level of volunteerism in our communities was unsurpassed. It’s often said that volunteers are the backbone of a community. It is how people stay connected, live their values, and make a difference. COVID lead the mobilization of neighbours looking out for each other, spontaneous informal volunteering had flourished. Broadly focused around providing essentials like food and tackling loneliness, the public’s creativity has been allowed out to play in this space.