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A volunteer + a haircut = a dramatic effect on a young person’s life!

 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!

Hair cutting image

Our youth thank our volunteers with art!

Young people in our Crisis Program created wonderful pictures of art as a thank you for the volunteers in that program. Volunteers mean the world not only to our staff but to our young people as well. Knowing someone cares enough about them to spend time with them  is incredibly impactful and helps make our youth feel loved unconditionally.

Check out some of the artwork below:

Youth thank our volunteers with art

Our youth thank our volunteers with art

Thanking our Thank-a-Thon volunteers for reaching over 11,000 supporters!

We had an outpouring of support this year for our Thank-a-Thon program, our dedicated volunteers have helped us reach over 11,000 donors to say “thank you” for their support. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives. Our Thank-a-Thon program is so important to us and we are extremely grateful, to all the individuals who helped us with this wonderful program.

Congratulations on a wonderful year of Thank-a-Thons and a big thank you for your support!

To be a volunteer, it takes...

Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better
Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

You've shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do.

Volunteers have the heart

A poem honouring our incredible volunteers

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!

Volunteer Wordle

Thanking our volunteer groups for the outstanding impact they provide!

Big “thank you” to all our community & corporate volunteers groups who have helped us over the past year. We appreciated all your time and effort in support of the youth we serve. Your dedication has made a big impact in the lives of our youth and for that we are extremely grateful. Volunteer groups help us get through mountains of GIK, clean up our space, thank thousands of supporters and help us give our young people a Christmas they deserve.

Speaking of Christmas we had another amazing backpack season! We had over 165 volunteers both groups and individuals support our Christmas Backpack Program. Volunteers helped us sort and organize thousands of items for over 275 backpacks. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Christmas a little bit brighter for youth in need.

Because of you...

Someone will have enough to eat tonight.
Someone will have decent clothes to wear.
Someone will have shelter.
Someone will receive medical care.
Someone will learn the skills they need to survive and succeed.
Someone knows there's at least one person in this world who cares.

This world is a better place because you volunteered, and we thank you for it.

 Helen Keller Quote

 

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