V is for how valuable you are to us
O is for the optimism you share
L is for the lives you change
U is for the unconditional love you have
N is for the nurturing you give
T is for the time you share
E is for the enthusiasm you bring
E is for the energy you have
R is for the reason you're a volunteer
S is for star cause that is what you are to us
Thank you VOLUNTEERS we couldn’t do it without you!
Sharing two letters of thanks from our young people:
1. A thank you to our volunteers from a youth.
2. Sister Nancy Brown arrived at work the other day and found this lovely note taped to her door.
To all Friends and Staff of Covenant House,
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the volunteers at Covenant House. Our volunteers demonstrate what it means to have compassion, humanity, strength, and kindness every day. Their countless hours of dedication make our community brighter for those in need. Their actions foster a spirit of inclusion for those youth that feel alienated from their families, their friends, and their neighbors. Our volunteers are not just volunteering; they are repairing a social fabric that has been pulled apart. They understand the power of their collective actions, and remind us of the endless possibilities that come from working together. From coaching recreational activities to preparing meals for youth to collecting donations, they make Covenant House possible. Without them, we couldn’t provide the services we do. They are an integral part of our team and a cherished resource, and so we thank them for all their hard work.
Thank you, volunteers, for everything!
The Program Management Team
Josephine is a quiet girl, anxious and introverted. On this particular day in the Crisis Program we had a volunteer hairdresser coming in to cut youth's hair - a rare treat for many of the youth. When I asked Josephine if she was interested in getting her hair cut her eyes lit up and she smiled at me. She didn't say anything right away, but I could tell she was very excited about this opportunity.
A few seconds later Josephine said "that's great, it's been a while". Then the girly youth worker in me came out and I asked what type of haircut she had in mind. Josephine said she always dreamed of having a short bob. I encouraged her to go for it and try it out. Josephine and I then went on the computer and looked for hairstyles she liked. Together we printed out a small stack of ideas she had for her new haircut. She became more alive and more engaged than I'd ever seen her. She was giggling and searching through dozens of possible options. She finally settled on a picture and lined up for the hairdresser. Twenty minutes later she came out looking completely different. I could tell from her face that she was so excited.
It's amazing the effect one volunteer and one haircut can have on the life of a youth!