It is National Volunteer Week and we are writing to say that, at the Junction Literacy Centre, volunteers are indispensable.
The time, talents and caring that our volunteers share with others each week have a lasting impact in our community.
We know that more than 350 elementary school children are reading with more confidence this year thanks to the small army of trained volunteers in our One to One Children’s Literacy and Skills Boost programs.
As well, in our seniors computer support program, more than 40 seniors have met with encouraging and patient volunteers who help them deal with their computer questions and fears. They tell us that their tutors demystify the computer to help them engage in this age of technology.
At the literacy centre, we would be lost without the energetic volunteers who manage our Give and Take bookshelves as well as those who help with various projects and fundraisers.
Our volunteers often tell us that the personal benefits they gain by volunteering outweigh what they give. We agree that everyone wins, but it all begins with one person offering to help another.
Our sincere thanks to all volunteers for the difference you make, this week and every week of the year.
Debbie Schiller, Amy Doylend, Lana Schuster, Lynda Kerr, Kathy Wylie
Junction Literacy Centre