Volunteer Canada asks us all to celebrate, and recognize our 13 million volunteers
National Volunteer Week is here, and it’s a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 13 million volunteers.
The year’s theme is: “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers.” And especially during this public health crisis, Volunteer Canada would like to shine the spotlight on those volunteering in
essential services and saluting those who help by staying home to protect themselves and their communities.
The spirit of volunteerism infuses and energizes communities of every size in our vast country. From April 19-25, we encourage all Canadians to loudly and proudly cheer for Canada’s volunteers.
Without volunteers and their more than 166 million hours of volunteer time each month, so much of what must get done, would go undone. Meals would have no wheels. Seniors would
miss medical appointments. Cats and dogs would have no foster homes. Walkways and driveways of elderly neighbours would pile up with snow. Groceries at food banks wouldn’t make it to those in need. Children’s sports teams would all be benched.
From coast-to-coast-to-coast, Canada’s volunteers work tirelessly to achieve progress in their community, city and country. They give time in support of causes and programs they believe in
and ask for nothing in return. Their time contributes billions of dollars to the Canadian economy every month, at last count over $55 billion per year. Their smiles bring happiness and hope.
And for that and so much more, we owe them our thanks and heartfelt cheers.
So, we ask all Canadians to participate by printing out, personalizing and decorating your windows with Volunteer Canada’s clapping hands image with the message – Cheers to Volunteers!, or make
your own. Also, post Volunteer Canada’s supplied images/gifs on social media with the hashtags #CheersToVolunteers #NVW2020.
At Volunteer Canada, it is our honour to reach out to our partners and friends across Canada to encourage them to help make National Volunteer Week 2020 a cross-country celebration of volunteers of all ages. From April 19-25, let’s join together and make sure Canada’s volunteers receive the applause, thanks and recognition they so richly deserve.
The Prime Minister on National Volunteer Week
OTTAWA, ON–The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on National Volunteer Week:
“Today is the first day of National Volunteer Week, when we recognize the Canadians who devote their time and skills to making our country a better place.
“This year’s theme, ‘It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers’, underscores how volunteers work tirelessly and often behind the scenes. It highlights how our charities and non-profit organizations depend on their support to provide services to Canadians who need them most.
“Across Canada, countless volunteers look beyond their circumstances to be there for others. And that hasn’t changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these difficult times, Canadians are still taking care of each other.
“People are training as crisis responders for the Kids Help Phone, writing letters to isolated seniors, and spending hours in food banks to pack hampers with essential items for families in need. Let’s continue these acts of service because Canadians need to stick together during these tough times. We thank and continue to encourage Canadians to sign up for the National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, and other organizations – because large or small, each act makes a difference as we work together to fight this pandemic.
“To our volunteers, know that your fellow Canadians see you and appreciate your dedication to your communities and our country. We know how much you do, and we are grateful. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank all volunteers for showing us that we truly are stronger together.”