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AIDS Committee of Windsor

Volunteering helped turned life around My first experiences with the AIDS Committee of Windsor began as a client of Harm Reduction for about six months to a year. I was heavily addicted to drugs and using needles. I received a lot of help from the staff in the Harm Reduction program at the AIDS Committee of Windsor. They would come into the house that I was living in to distribute safe drug use supplies and food for all of those in the house. I really wanted to turn my life around and volunteering here helped me to do that. I began informally working with Harm Reduction staff to help distribute soup to other people in the community who were struggling with addiction issues. When I was asked to become a volunteer in a more formal role, I was so happy to help. Volunteering helped keep me out of trouble, off the streets and out of the crack houses. It was rough at first, but with time it got easier. I am now seven years clean and sober, thanks to the AIDS Committee of Windsor. That’s also the number of years I have volunteered for the agency. I love volunteering here because I have met some very wonderful people who have become my lifelong friends. This volunteer with the AIDS Committee of Windsor wishes to remain anonymous.

Bibles for Missions Thrift Store

Doing a world of good

My name is Carol Dureno and I am 70 years old. My journey into becoming a volunteer may be somewhat different than others. After retiring from a career at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital I wanted to continue to contribute in a way that was rewarding yet allowed me the freedom and flexibility to do the things that I enjoy with my retirement. There are many reasons why people decide to volunteer. I started because I was recovering from a back injury and thought it would help increase my strength. Another volunteer invited me to go with her. I had time to fill and I thought Bibles for Missions Thrift Store did good work for people around the world. I found this job to be fulfilling beyond my expectations. Searching through the donated boxes always brings surprises! What treasures will I find today? I have the opportunity to assess a variety of art work, jewelry, china, clothing and antiques -- some needing research on the Internet. Carol Dureno Working with the more than 100 other volunteers is FUN. The volunteers are all interesting and come from different backgrounds and experiences. The customers are fantastic and a pleasure to assist as I enjoy working with people. We have many faithful customers in the community. Volunteers take donated goods, assess and prepare them for sale in the store. This provides a valuable community outreach to low-income families. The donated goods are converted to cash and then these funds go to The Bible League of Canada which has a four-pronged ministry worldwide. One area of particular interest to me is the Bible-based Literacy Program for Women and Children in Third World Countries. Bibles for Missions Thrift Stores, with locations across Canada, have collectively raised $7.4 million dollars in 2014. These funds were used to plant 4,242 churches and to donate nine million bibles worldwide. In turn, 688,692 people began a new relationship with Jesus Christ. It is exciting to see God transform lives in 43 countries! Being a part of the Windsor Bibles for Missions family, we work together to help others with very important basic needs such as clothing and affordable furniture and household items. This ministry is such a heartfelt contribution to the greater good. I am honoured to be a small part of it. - Carol Dureno

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Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex

Challenge accepted! Noor Akkary and Mariam Shaban, fourth-year students from the Disabilities Studies program at University of Windsor, are completing their volunteer placements with the Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex County. Theirs hasn’t been an ordinary “stuffing envelopes” kind of work; they were put to task to create the “Dementia Challenge” for the society’s Healthy Mind Expo in January. Their goal was simple – to provide participants with a glimpse of what it is like to have dementia. Dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough Noor Akkary and Mariam Sha- to reduce a person’s ability to ban test out their ‘Dementia perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for Challenge’ project. 60 to 80 per cent of cases. Both volunteers took to learning the different symptoms involved with dementia and quickly realized how much it affects daily living. Armed with this knowledge, they developed three stations for participants to try. Each participant would put in ear plugs, put on distortion glasses, and gloves then try to complete tasks such as folding laundry or filling out a form. “This was very eye opening to see and feel first-hand what someone with dementia goes through on a regular basis,” says Shaban of doing a test run of their challenge. “It made me more understanding” of their work, adds Akkary. At their Dementia Challenge, more than 100 people were tested as well as local celebrities like Janice Kaffer, CEO of Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare,and Jim Crichton from CTV. “This was a great opportunity and learning experience. We need more public awareness on dementia,” says Akkary. The Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex County couldn’t agree more. They thank Mariam, Noor and all their volunteers for making a difference in the lives of those with dementia. For more details on this and other great volunteer opportunities visit www.alzheimerwindsor.com or call 519-974-2220 ext. 237.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF WINDSOR & ESSEX

‘I want to give back’

After sustaining a brain injury in 2002, Beverly Fortier was feeling alone and needed someone to talk to who understood what she was going through. “Everyone around me, from family and friends, were supportive but they didn’t understand what I was going through,” she says. Fortier found that support in the Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County’s Peer Support Mentoring Program. “My partner Sue was wonderful. Talking to her helped me realize that I wasn’t alone and that what I was feeling was normal.” Soon Fortier was participating in other programs including the monthly support group meeting. The group was steadily growing over the years and when the support group facilitators needed help with making reminder calls Beverly Fortier to all of the members, she jumped right in to help. “I want to give back to the organization that helped me. I want to help others,” Fortier says. “I feel pretty lucky to be where I am at. I keep focussing on what I can do and that keeps me going.” She has been making monthly reminder calls to some 50 members of the support group for the last five years. “People with brain injuries have trouble with remembering appointments, so it’s great that I can help them out this way.” Fortier volunteers at the Brain Injury Association in many other ways including helping with fundraisers like the yearly golf tournament and representing the organization at Community Outreach Events.

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Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association

‘I wanted to help any way I could’ I became familiar with the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) through a former staff member but I only had a vague understanding of the organization; I did not know exactly what BANA did or how they did it. Before I joined BANA’s volunteer staff, eating disorders were conditions that I had heard and read about but they were distant with no personal connections. I started meeting people who struggled with eating disorders and saw the negative effects of the disorders firsthand. This left me in a place where I wanted to help any way I could but I still lacked the knowledge and resources to do so. Through conversations with the former staff member, who I respect greatly for her knowledge, dedication and compassion, I learned more about BANA and what they did. I wanted to Chris Iliou help them deliver their services and applied to become one of their volunteers. The BANA staff members have been friendly and welcoming from my first day in the office to the present. They are always willing to answer any questions and bring an amazing amount of passion to their work. From treatment to information sessions to preventive measures, their tireless efforts have touched many lives throughout the Windsor-Essex area. I have enjoyed every activity and event that I have taken part in and look forward to joining the BANA team for future events. - Chris Iliou

BRENTWOOD RECOVERY HOME

What volunteering means to me My volunteering began over 25 years ago while employed at Ford Motor Company where I canvassed for the United Way, Easter Seals, Unemployed Help Centre and local fundraisers. The feeling of fulfillment, making a difference in lives without ulterior motives, arrogance or not having to put a face or name to the recipients gave me a feeling of purpose in my life. Years later, a traumatic event occurred in my life which lead me to severe depression and addictions. My life spiraled out of control, with many failed attempts at sobriety. One day a volunteer approached me, took me under their wing, nurtured me and helped me find my voice again through a committee where I shared my story. Today I am approaching three years of sobriety and it was a volunteer who helped save my life! You see, I was now a recipient of volunteering as opposed to being the volunteer. The labour of love and divine fruits we receive through volunteers and services in Windsor-Essex County are next to none and absolutely angelic. Volunteering means to me pulling people out of a pit to offer love, empathy, self-worth, dignity. In some cases, it saves lives. Today I continue to pay it forward, mostly at Brentwood Recovery Home, with nothing less than the kindness and unselfishness God intended. Mostly my commitment is to put a face to the name of my brothers and sisters I cross paths with on my journey today. This volunteer with Brentwood Recovery Home wishes to remain anonymous.


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Canadian Cancer Society

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Canadian Mental Health Association

Volunteering was both ‘motivating and satisfying’

Why I volunteer at CMHA

This past fall I was honoured to receive the Helen Budimir-Hussey Memorial award for outstanding leadership, passion and dedication in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) vision. As cliché as it may sound, this award belongs not only to me but to the hundreds of teachers and support staff who have sold daffodils or pins for the past 38 years in the schools and various stores throughout Essex County. My start as a volunteer began in the late 1970s. I began as a member of The Joint Affiliate Public Relations Committee. Teachers from the elementary and secondary panel, from both the public and separate board, joined together with the goal of increasing our community involvement. We chose to work with the Canadian Cancer Society and have continued that relationship to the present day. Over time we became the number one fundraiser Ian McMullan is shown with his wife Susan for the annual daffodil campaign and this has motivated me to try and maintain that position. I have in New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound. become involved in other aspects of the Canadian Cancer Society and this involvement is an important part of my life. My contribution has grown from a fundraiser to an advocate, currently acting as a member of the Community Ambassador Team to promote the initiatives and programs of the society. Whether it be advocating against tanning booths, making people aware of funds available for families of kids fighting cancer or letting people know that they can talk to someone who has gone through the experience that they are about to face, the work that I do with the CCS is both motivating and satisfying. I will continue in this role until a cure is discovered or I can no longer contribute. - Ian McMullan

Twelve years ago I was tragically struck with the pain of losing my younger sister, Stephanie, to suicide. Without having direction of how I would ever come through this loss, I choose to attend counselling at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). I believe the bereavement counselling I received at this facility helped guide me along my path of healing and I am forever grateful. Since my sister’s death, I changed. I became an individual who realized the importance of talking about mental wellness. After many years of silence since she passed, I came to understand the stigmas that can be associated with tragic circumstances. I realize it isn’t easy to talk about anxiety, suicide or depression; however, it is something that has affected either us or someone we know and love. Through all of this, I am now a passionate individual who knows it is important to educate, prevent and advocate for mental health services. THIS is why I volunteer. I want others to benefit not only from the programs I received but from any program that will help them become “mentally healthy people in a healthy society,” as stated in the CMHA vision. I volunteer because I believe in the importance of mental wellness and want to assist in ensuring these vital services are delivered to the residents of Windsor/ Essex County. - Melissa Kinghorn

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CNIB

Position helped physical, mental well-being I have been a client of CNIB since 1998 when I participated in the New Horizons New Dreams (NHND) Peer Support group for people who are blind or partially sighted. At that time my confidence and self-esteem was at an all-time low. Accompanied by depres- Jeanie Krigel sion I was in a sad state but by meeting others with vision loss I started to feel that life was worth living after all. I decided to take the training to become a Peer Support facilitator so I could help others with the process of vision loss. Being a facilitator gives me great satisfaction because I see how clients learn from others’ experiences and they share coping skills of their own. The participants learn about assertiveness and listening skills which help them with personal and professional relationships. Due to the Windsor Essex Community Foundation grant CNIB received for 2015 we are looking forward to another successful group this spring and facilitator refresher training. Soon my confidence soared so I returned to all my sport activities with the exception of downhill skiing and skating which I substituted with lawn bowling, one of the few sports that people with vision loss can compete against the sighted. The groups have been so successful that many CNIB clients did not want to stop meeting so along with two other facilitators, Christine and Robert, we started the Low Vision Social and Support group which concentrates on social outings and activities. With the help of CNIB specialists I learned how to function in my kitchen again, travel alone with my white cane, learned to use technology like accessible computer programs, closed circuit TVs to enhance print and I now listen to the latest bestsellers by downloading digital books to my portable digital playback machine. By being a CNIB client and volunteer I now have a feeling of physical and mental well-being.  -Jeanie Krigel

Community Support Centre

With retirement came responsibility ‘to do my part’ After watching my wife volunteer for years at the Meals-on-Wheels program of our Community Support Centre I knew once retirement came I wanted to be able to do my part. I was assigned to the Food Bank crew every second Monday. Here I quickly came to realize how important this service is to our Don Gibson area as a lot of good people rely on us for assistance. Sometimes, particularly in the summer months, our food shelves are pretty low but folks need to eat all year long. I personally feel this program should be a responsibility of senior governments but we all know that if something is to be done we had better be prepared to do it ourselves. Not only do we help out neighbours and friends in need, we also get to meet and work with a lot of great people. The feeling you get inside knowing you are doing some good is hard to describe. I encourage everyone with some time on their hands to consider volunteering and if not, please be generous with donations of non perishable food or cash. The cash is of equal importance as it allows us to purchase necessary food items in lean donation times. You too may experience this special feeling.  -Don Gibson

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Country Village Health Care Centre: Woodslee

Seize the chance to give back

Volunteering is rewarding in many ways, especially when it involves older adults. Having the opportunity to make a difference in a resident’s life visiting, assisting in an activity, making someone smile or improving their day is one of the best feelings. Katelin Paxton To some people time may not mean very much, but to the residents time means everything. By simply donating some of your time, you can make such an impact on the lives of residents, a feeling that does not compare to many others. That being said, my time at Country Village Woodslee has been a wonderful experience. Volunteering is such a fulfilling opportunity. Given the chance I would definitely recommend that others seize the chance to give back to their community.  -Katelin Paxton

Downtown Mission

What Volunteering Means to Me I feel we sometimes take for granted the community we live. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s well-being. As a volunteer, I try to return to society some of the benefits that have been given to me. Volunteering provides a meaningful, positive impact on my personal well Lorna Mailloux being. You can easily forget that the simplest thing of helping others can bring you such a feeling of joy. Volunteering is about giving of one’s own time, energy and skills freely. To see the smiles and continuous thanks brings me happiness. Volunteering, in the clothing room, at the Downtown Mission, I’m exposed to a wide range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. You can never know who you will meet or what new things you will learn and what impact this could have on your life. I am very fortunate; I have a fulfilled life, great family and friends. It means a few hours a week of my time, but to those who are struggling, it can mean absolutely everything. It’s an opportunity to provide to those who may be in need, and also make them feel like an important part of our community. Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, I, for one, know I have made lifelong friends with the people I volunteer with. For that reason, among others, I keep coming back, week after week. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive impact on all those around you. Volunteer, it makes you feel good.

Extendicare Southwood Lakes

Extendicare Southwood Lakes

Lorraine Harway has been a volunteer at Extendicare Southwood Lakes for more than 13 years. Every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. you can find her at the residence praying the rosary with residents. The group that she attends to call Lorraine Harway themselves the “Legion of Mary” but the facility calls them “ Our Rosary Ladies.” Harway says she enjoys giving the residents a chance to pray the rosary. According to Harway, once you learn to pray the rosary it is truly something you never forget. Praying the rosary at Extendicare Southwood Lakes was also important to Harway because her sister lived here and they were able to pray together. Extendicare Southwood Lakes expresses its thanks to Lorraine for all her years of dedicated volunteer service.

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Extendicare Tecumseh

Your time is valuable Many of the elderly are alone, or may feel alone, in this world. They are often placed in long-term care facilities for a variety of reasons, and at times don’t have the time or availability to visit due to their work schedule. Some, unfortunately, are abandoned. My heart ached seeing the elderly in their struggles and suffering! I felt that this was not a time to ignore them in this last season of their lives, but to honour them! I could not afford to think, “Who cares!” or, “Someone else Claudette Schiller often will do it!” visits the elderly with If I had not reached out to the elderly, I her dog. would have been losing out! It’s twosided. I give and I receive too! I was/am amazed how good a listening ear, sharing a talent (playing the piano), visiting accompanied by my dog or giving a foot massage, makes me feel! You may think you have nothing to give, that your imperfect talents are of little value. However, the elderly are all too often craving for someone to spend time with them. Your presence or what you may think is an insignificant talent may mean the world to them! They will be so appreciative and you will be too! Claudette Schiller is a volunteer at Extendicare Tecumseh.   — Claudette Schiller

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Windsor

Health promotion, risk reduction key On December 23, 2011, I suffered a stroke. I was in hospital at the time being treated for an arterial clot, and pulmonary embolisms when the stroke happened. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect which was repaired with minimally invasive heart surgery. I have been volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Windsor for just over two years now. I am a strong supporter of their beliefs in educating the public on health promotion and reducing the risks of heart disease and stroke. Without the cutting-edge research the foundation has done and continues to do, I wouldn’t be here today. I believe strongly in “paying it forward” and the Heart and Stroke Foundation has not only become my passion, it has become my second family. I volunteer by doing presentations, attending special events, doing blood pressure checks, Susan Holmes campaigning, helping during the “big bike” and wherever else I can be of assistance. I love what I am able to do as it is mainly a volunteer-driven organization. I believe it is so important that the public recognizes the importance of what Heart and Stroke does as far as research to help save countless numbers of lives and bring home as many people to their families just like they helped me. Susan Holmes is a registered nurse and volunteer at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Windsor.   — Susan Holmes


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Hospice of Windsor & Essex County

Opportunity a blessing

Fun is the best part

“Being a volunteer brings me more pleasure than working for a living, yet it all started in my family home as a child,” says Mary Lou Hogan, who volunteers at Heron Terrace. “My parents were all about giving back because we were so blessed,” she adds. “I have a brother who has C.P. and my parents always worried about his welfare after they were gone. All nine of us are so involved in Jack’s life. “I am so grateful for the opportunity and blessed to have met so many wonderful people by volunteering. “ 

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Volunteering for me is giving back to the community that we live in. It allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. By keeping active during my retirement I have found that my health is better and that I have so much more energy. It is the volunteers that make each organizations work and I am very proud to be a part of it. I volunteer in many community organizations and currently I am very active with Hospice of Windsor & Essex County and Crime Stoppers. At Hospice I started my journey by taking a 10-week course in Palliative Care Volunteer Training. I completed it in September 2003. I provided Respite/Visiting in homes and at the hospital. In 2005 I learned Therapeutic Touch and in 2008 Radiant Touch. These are energy modalities that trained Hospice volunteers offer to patients and caregivers to help with anxiety, stress and pain relief. Michelina Busico Hospice has a wide variety of other areas that you can get involved in also. I participate in Information Booths, fundraising, the reception desk and even prepare food for clients in the residential home! I drive clients to Wellness Programs at the Hospice and help file in the Clinical Department. But most of all I have fun! I enjoy each and every part of my volunteering. I am always learning and growing through the seminars and workshops Hospice provides for volunteers and community partners. I have learned that being a volunteer is not only about giving but receiving. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and learn new skills. I have been very blessed to be part of this great organization. — Michelina Busico

The power of purpose driven by Volunteers Thank you to our many volunteers who have dedicated their time to our organization day in and day out. The compassion and dignity you show to our customers each and every day hasn’t gone unnoticed. Proud to belong to such a wonderful and caring group of people. Thank you for all you do… we really couldn’t do it without you!

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Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor Essex County

Many of us volunteer to get a sense of fulfillment and as a way to “give back” the best parts of ourselves to others who need the extra help from their fellow community members. What a treasure it is to not only help out the community through volunteerism, but to do so daily through your career. Kimberly J. Kirt I am a mental health counselor from Minnesota and volunteer at various mental health agencies in Windsor. After moving to Windsor from the United States three years ago, seeking employment in the field proved to be difficult with limited degree equivalencies; however, I was given the invaluable opportunity to volunteer at two hospitals, the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as other non-profit organizations that promote mental health awareness and the quest to end stigma. Of these volunteer experiences, perhaps the most rewarding and enlightening volunteer position I hold has been at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in the Dual-Diagnosis Mental Health unit. For this position, I volunteer with the weekly ‘Walk N’ Talk’ group that is designed for clients with both developmental disabilities and a mental illness. The group participates in activities such as crafts, cooking, music therapy and taking a leisurely stroll through the hospital’s tunnel, or to a nearby park on summer days. My role as a volunteer for this group has primarily been to support, engage and provide sensitive and understanding encouragement to each of the group members, while getting to know each of their likes, dislikes, challenges, and triumphs. It has been truly rewarding to watch each of the group members develop and grow in their personal life journey, and it is humbling to witness their positive energy, strength and forgiveness despite all the challenges they face on a daily basis. Each member of the group contributes his or her own individual piece to what makes up the beauty in our community and, as a volunteer, it is inspiring to be a part of this puzzle. Being an aspiring counselor, I have intentionally chosen a career that best fits my desire to help others to help themselves. Being a volunteer, I have dedicated my heart to reaching out to help others living with mental illness. There can be no monetary value placed on the joy that is experienced from both the giver and the receiver of kindness and love. — Kimberly J. Kirt

In high school, I started my journey with the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor Essex County (LDAWE) as a Focus on Youth summer student with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board in 2011. Afterwords, I was asked to become a volunteer for the BEST (Better Emotions/ Social Time) Program, which is a social skills training program. Even after being offered and holding multiple paid positions with LDAWE, I still continue to volunteer for the BEST program. As a result of my experience with LDAWE, I decided to change my career goals. Once I graduated from high school I decided to take the Child & Youth Worker (CYW) program at St. Clair College. I will be graduating from the program this spring and I hope to attend university in the fall. Originally, volunteering was simply a way to gain more experience for my future career, but it soon became much more. I love to see the students’ progress. Kayla Belanger I have the opportunity to see students form social relationships with their peers that they often do not have the ability to do in the regular classroom. As a student, volunteering helps me to gain, and connect, academic learning with real life experiences. The staff members at the LDAWE are compassionate and understanding; they take the time to listen and clarify any concerns I may have. The experiences I have gained at LDAWE are like no other. I can honestly say I hope to be a volunteer for LDAWE for a very long time.  — Kayla Belanger

Kindness, love benefits giver and receiver

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From our Hospice family to yours, The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. would like to thank our volunteers for a thirty-six year legacy of compassion, care, hope and smiles. Thank you!

For information about volunteering please visit our website at www.thehospice.ca or call 519.974.7100.

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Thank you Without you, there would be no CNIB.

Celebrating Volunteers

Recognizing the commitment and contributions of Canadian Cancer Society volunteers, who are at the centre of it all in communities across Canada.

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Together, we’re strong in the fight against cancer.

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You truly make a difference!

Extendicare Southwood Lakes appreciates the time and efforts of our volunteers. Your time and commitment to our residents is valued

Extendicare Tecumseh commends all volunteers for their spirit and dedication.

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Many thanks to all our volunteers who believe in the Windsor Public Library and who selflessly give of their time to serve on the WPL Board and committees, help with fundraising, assist with reading, writing and numeracy programs for children and adults and provide the homebound with much needed library service.

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Life After Fifty

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Ready Set Go

Sweet music of volunteering

Chance to contribute to community

As a volunteer, I willingly share my talents and provide services to others with no incentive for personal gain. I became the Choir Director of the Filipino Community Choir after I retired from work. In 2005, I joined the Centres for Seniors, Windsor, now Life After Fifty to be the Sing-A-Long Program Leader. Through patience, perseverance, and desire we have learned 360 songs in nine years. We learned Broadway musicals, pop music, gospel songs, themes from movies, and have learned songs in Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, songs from the Philippines, and of course English. By singing at Life After Fifty, I meet people and feel that the experience of singing with the group contributes to personal development, self-confidence, self-fulfillment, and self-esteem to the members, especially the older and more challenged members. We have become a closely knit group and the positive impact we have on one another is an emotionally uplifting experience that Marina Acoba can never be matched by money or fame, it is priceless. Our Annual Fundraising Concert, since 2006, has always sold out. In addition, we sing in different nursing homes, retirement homes, and for functions with various organizations. Some include United Way, VON, Council on Aging, Knights of Columbus, and many more. Being a Volunteer Choir Director has made me a stronger and more caring person. I sincerely believe that by giving hope, joy, and happiness to people who really need it leads to spiritual and personal growth and makes a tremendous difference. 

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— Marina Acoba

My name is Haiying Huang and I am currently working with “Ready Set Go” program as a volunteer. It is so great to be involved with this program, which gives me more opportunities to serve the community, learn new skills, gain experience and meet people. I have been living in Windsor for 10 years since I immigrated to Canada. I love our community and seeking a great volunteer chance to contribute myself to community is my desire. “Ready Set Go” does provide this excellent chance for me. Secondly, learning new skills is another wonderful valuable benefit. Helping kids develop social skills and communicating with them are a fantastical job. This kind of special experience will benefit all my life. Furthermore, I have a chance to meet people from different countries. We learn for different culture, share ideas and opinions, help each other when needed. Finally, I would say “enrich my experience”. This is a new environment in my life. I haven’t had a chance to work directly with early childhood education program before this volunteer. This program does provide lots of efforts for kids developing skills and knowledge for parents. Most stuff is new and fresh for me. I am educated with all kinds of early childhood knowledge, which will benefit all my life. I am so glad to have this very excited opportunity to work with “Ready Set Go”. Volunteering leads me to find the joy of servicing local community and add new experience to my working life. Once again, I appreciate “Ready Set Go” offer me volunteer chance. 

— Haiying Huang

At Windsor Regional Hospital, please

Thank You

To our 250 volunteers who give every day, in every way & make a tremendous impact on the children and the families we serve.

For information on Volunteer opportunities, please call:

Volunteer Drivers • Homework Program Tutors One to One Mentors • Kids on the Block Puppeteers Program Volunteers • Event Volunteers

MET CAMPUS

519-254-5577 Ext. 52563

OUELLETTE CAMPUS

We honour you for your partnership & commitment to the Society & Foundation

519-973-4411 Ext. 33345

To learn more about our programs or attend a volunteer Information Session, please contact the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society’s Volunteer Department at :

(519)252-1171 ext 1 or visit: www.wecas.on.ca.

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Richmond Terrace

Southwestern Ontario Gleaners Org

As Volunteer Coordinator at Richmond Terrace I have been tasked with writing this letter to nominate for your consideration the contributions of three volunteers who work as a team that is invaluable. These ladies have a combined service record of over 18 years of service with Richmond Terrace and are involved in several programs. Known affectionately as the “Tea Cart Ladies”, their names are Anne Deslippe, Mary Charbonneau, and Margaret Bondy. This group of women work tirelessly in support of our residents; they run our weekly tea program providing homemade baked goods, beverages, smiles, and always brighten the conversation. They make up the Family Council, selling raffle tickets, working yard sales, and barbecues, and still find the time to volunteer for special events — The Tea Cart ladies. all to benefit the residents of Richmond Terrace. Their dedication to our residents has met many challenges in the past year. Our facility has been under construction, causing many obstacles such as many changes to locations, timings, parking, accessing supplies, and creating a “wee bit” a.k.a. “tremendous” amount of chaos. That doesn’t even touch upon any struggles they had to overcome in their own lives. Throughout all these upheavals and challenges, these volunteers remained an integral part of the team, sometimes even providing knowledge and expertise the staff would not have been capable of without them. The success of our programs is dependent on the contributions of all our volunteers. On behalf of the staff at Richmond Terrace I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. If you are interested in volunteering at Richmond Terrace please contact me at 519.736.4295.  — Sharon Repaye

Andre Lalonde worked at Heinz in Leamington for just over 31 years. When the Leamington plant closed back in the spring of 2014, Andre decided it was time to retire. Because Andre’s role at Heinz required that he worked a variety of shifts, committing to volunteer activities with any kind of regularity was just not an option. It was not long before Andre discovered what he would do with the “new found time on his hands”. When a representative from the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners visited Andre’s church in an attempt to spread awareness and recruit volunteers, Andre knew this is where he wanted to donate his time. The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners is a nonfor-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to convert non marketable produce fruit and vegetables into dehydrated vegetable soup mix to feed hungry people locally, nationally and internationally. Andre devotes an average of 30 hours/week with the growing operation and finds comfort in the fact that he is helping to feed the less fortunate near and far. “Andre is one of our most valued volunteers and serves as our Co-Assistant Production Manager” says Gleaners’ Board Chair Vern Toews.” “We rely heavily on Andre and he always come through”. Andre knows first-hand that the Gleaners is a volunteer driven organization and continues to encourage his friends and former Heinz employees to join him.

The Family Council makes a difference Spreading the word, recruiting others

Andre Lalonde

Thank You!

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTRE

In recognition of the extraordinary contribution to the community that volunteers in Essex County make each and every day, the Council of the Corporation of the County of Essex would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your efforts.

Thank you to our volunteers for contributing more than 15,000 hours during the 2014/2015 academic year! If you are a UWindsor student thinking about volunteering, visit uwindsor.ca/volunteer or uwindsor.ca/vip

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Our volunteers are doing something about dementia.

www.alzheimerwindsor.com 2135 Richmond St. Windsor, ON N8Y 0A1 Volunteer Info: 519-974-2220 ext. 237

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The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association appreciates the efforts of the volunteers who have supported our organization over the past 32 years. As we continue to provide services to individuals and families with eating disorders, your time is priceless. We would not be who we are without our volunteers.

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Unemployed Help Centre

University of Windsor

Ten years ago, I moved with the Coats for Kids program to its new home at the Unemployed Help Centre. It was a perfect match and I was welcomed with open arms. There I continued as Chairman of the program, and saw additional growth thanks to the connections and volunteer base that the UHC had. They have been a tremendous help to the Coats for Kids program, which over the years has reached more than 100,000 people in the Windsor-Essex County area. The program and UHC’s success is in no small part thanks to the generosity of our local community. Every year I have more than a few heartfelt experiences while working at the centre. The Centre’s ideals align with my own, which is why we mesh well and can work so closely together to better the community. I have received help by variRuss Anderson — Coats For Kids Windsor-Essex ous staff and programs offered there time and time again. If I were to pursue full time employment again, I would not hesitate to work with such a passionate and caring organization.

Lead@UWindsor is a volunteer program that provides University of Windsor students with the opportunity to make a difference on campus, provide support to peers, and gain valuable experience. Ashley Mariano has been a dedicated Lead@UWindsor volunteer for two years and has held numerous volunteer positions within the Student Success Centre including Peer Career Educator, Orientation Leader, Team Leader, Volunteer Selection Board Member, and most recently, Lead@UWindsor Assistant Coordinator. These positions have allowed her to enhance her communication, leadership, time management, and teamwork skills; valuable skill that will help in her pursuit of medical school and future career aspirations. “Being a part of Lead@UWindsor has allowed me to choose volunteer experiences based on my interests…and in return, I have tried my absolute best to get involved with various types of events. It has been very exciting to have a lot of responsibility while gaining valuable skills throughout my volunteer experience,” says Ashley. When asked to reflect on advice she would give to new volunteers, she advised, “to commit fully to each volunteer position you accept and make the best of your university experience by getting involved and helping students transition smoothly into university while educating them on our many campus services.” If you are a University of Windsor student and would like to get involved on campus, please visit the Lead@UWindsor website www.uwindsor.ca/lead for a detailed description of all the positions available within each facet of Lead@UWindsor. For more information, please email the Lead@UWindsor Student Coordinator via email lead@uwindsor.ca

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Ashley Mariano has shown great dedication to multiple areas within the Lead@UWindsor program and values the responsibility and skills she has gained throughout her involvement.

CAESARS WINDSOR CELEBRATES HEROES Caesars Windsor’s Corporate Giving program is proud to support the selfless work of volunteers who generously give their time and dedication to assist local non-profit organizations and charities. Thank you to all hardworking volunteers, including our Caesars Windsor HEROES, for all that you do to make the Windsor-Essex area a vibrant, healthy and connected community

Know Your Limit, Play Within It! 1-888-230-3505 Ontario Problem Gambling HelpLine. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter the casino and all other outlets. Those who have been trespassed from Caesars Windsor and/or self-excluded from any OLG or Caesars property are not eligible to participate in a promotion and/or redeem offers. The Caesars brand and related trademarks are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Used with permission.

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VON

Welcome Centre Shelter for Women

I started with VON several years ago. I was a new retiree who wanted to stay active and give back to the community, and joining the Meals on Wheels program seemed like a perfect opportunity to fulfil both needs. My mother had been a volunteer in our hometown of Chelmsford, just outside of Sudbury, and she set a great example for me, and my siblings, to follow. I knew people involved with VON and appreciated that Meals on Wheels had a long history of service to the community. I also knew many people who Art Lesny signed up for the program were living alone, and they would benefit from having a nourishing meal brought to them by a volunteer who could spend some time chatting with them. Little did I know how much I’d come to enjoy and admire these clients, and how much they would brighten my day. Within months of signing up I knew this had been the right path for me to take. I became so passionate about this program and other services offered through VON that I asked to join the board, which I did in 2013. At this point in my life, I can’t imagine not being involved. That’s how important my small role within VON and Meals on Wheels has become to me.  - Art Lesny

We are a group of four volunteers at the Food Bank located at the Welcome Centre Shelter on Bridge Ave in Windsor. The food bank operates each Monday and Wednesday from noon until 3:00pm. Photo Left to Right: Rima Hanna, Wendy Ross, Zachara Beemer, Star O’Connor Our mission is to provide those in need with a three day emergency supply of provisions. We have all been drawn to volunteer for different reasons but our vision is shared. We are all passionate in our desire to be of service to the women, and their families, in the community. What could be more disheartening than having difficulty providing for your loved ones? The experience of coming to a food bank can be perceived as humiliating. Each volunteer strives to make our clients visits as positive as possible. We let them know they are valued and respected. We want them to feel much better upon leaving us than when they arrived. We are dependent upon the generosity of our neighbours for donations. We have a wonderful, devoted staff that continually tries to ensure that the flow does not stop. We have gone through periods where our stocks run low and that is not the position we want to be in. Not having fully stocked shelves means families not getting the food that they so desperately need. Being able to connect with women from all walks of life, living under all kinds of circumstances and facing innumerable challenges, is truly a rewarding experience. Our team has bonded in our mission to help those in need. We have become a family. Our days spent at the Food Bank are ones we treasure and we hope to continue for many years to come.

Meals on Wheels

W-E Children’s Aid Society

Advocate for Children and Youth I volunteer for CAS’s Youth Advisory Committee where children and youth in care have the opportunity to lend their voice to aid those who are in the same position as them. Through our work we’ve made great strides in supporting kids. We also send advocates from our YAC to the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth as representatives of the Sebastien Martin-Schultz Windsor Essex County area. I try my best to promote the cause as much as possible as it is something I truly believe in. My passion for the cause is due to my experiences in foster care. Because I am a youth growing up in care, I feel that I am in the unique position of helping people really understand what it’s like. I believe that the rights of the often forgotten children should be defended, and living conditions of foster homes and group homes can always be improved. We are one of the volunteer groups that vigorously defend these kids because there is few who will. Although we are making a great amount of progress by lending our voice to those who can make change, there is still much work to be done, and we will continue to fight for the rights of children like us.  - Sebastien Martin-Schultz

Food Bank volunteers

Windsor Public Library

Why I Volunteer

The Windsor Star • windsorstar.com

Windor Regional Hospital

Rolling out WELL-Come Mat An overnight or prolonged stay in hospital Lori Del Duca can create anxiety for patients. That’s why introducing them to the many ways we can make the experience more comfortable is the driving force behind a volunteer-led hospital program that continues to put patients at ease. The WELL-Come Mat program was introduced to Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met campus in 2013. The program sees volunteers orientate new patients to hospital services such as ordering food for themselves and their guests, ordering TV service and identifying any special needs patients may have. “As a volunteer with the WELL-Come Mat program I can help lessen some of the anxiety a patient and their family experiences with hospitalization,” said volunteer Lori Del Duca. “They’re always happy to hear about the services WRH provides to make their stay more comfortable. This is what we strive for – to reduce their anxiety and to make them feel welcome.” Volunteers come directly to the patient in their room to provide an introduction to services available to them. Where a patient may have difficulty or cognitive impairment, a volunteer can work with loved ones to assist in making sure the patient has the supports they need during their stay. The volunteers also have an “orientation checklist” they use to make sure patients are made aware of the right service offerings, and can assist patients in completing customer satisfaction surveys that help the hospital address potential gaps in our services. “We want to support our patients emotionally and offer them the support they need,” said WRH President and CEO David Musyj. “It’s all part of ensuring our guests have the most comfortable stay possible, and working towards our goal of providing Oustanding Care – No Exceptions!” The program has been so successful at Met campus that plans are in the works to roll out the WELL-Come Mat program to the Ouellette campus, which became part of Windsor Regional Hospital following the 2013 realignment of hospital services in Windsor.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Toastmasters.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training

Public Speaking My first town library was located on Main Street between Banhoff’s Deli and Maria’s Bakery. It differed from these stores in one very important way. Inside, on its shelves, there were possibilities contained within books that held the promise of becoming reality if I could learn to read. With some struggle I did learn to read and my life changed. This is why I volunteer for the Adult Literacy Program at the Windsor Public Library. Through this local program I work with adults who want to advance their knowledge and experiences in the world by improving their literacy skills. None of the people with whom I have worked are there because it is mandatory. They may not be working toward a degree or a certification although that is a possible objective. They have voluntarily requested assistance in learning how to navigate the written word while improving their skills. Understanding books, maps, adoption requests, and marriage and birth registration forms have all personally brought me an inordinate amount of pleasure. It is with delight that I share my skills so that someone else’s face can light up when they have reached their individual goals. Adult literacy is achievable and priceless. I remember standing in my small library inspired by the choices that faced me. I am now in the enviable position of working with others as they are inspired. It is a powerful experience to witness someone overcome their fears and instead face their aspirations. Best volunteer job ever!

The big mission of Toastmasters is to change the world by empowering people to become more effective communicators and leaders. WEST is Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, a group that exists to empower immigrant women to be successful in Canada. When Dolor Torres from WEST contacted our Odette School of Business Toastmasters group looking for a volunteer to teach public speaking it felt like an obvious way to meet both of our goals. What I didn’t know at the time is how much fun I would have and how the participant’s personal stories would inspire me. I’ve heard stories of escape from war-torn oppression, learned about various ceremonies, celebrations and food from all over the world as well as encountered an overall love for Canada and our culture. My true joy came from seeing the change in the women themselves. For example, when one of the participants, Cherry Chang, came to thank me for what the Toastmasters volunteers had done she had tears of joy in her eyes. The program gave her the skills and confidence she needed to get a good job and believe in herself again. My most fulfilling moment came in early January when WEST of Windsor Toastmasters became an official club. As I visit the club I see women who have learned the fundamentals of Toastmasters teaching and empowering their fellow women. This next level of success means that the women are not just leaning communication skills to survive they are developing leadership skills to thrive in Canada. 

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Volunteers needed for Heartbreaker Challenge Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is looking for volunteers to help people “get fit, get dirty” at the 5-7K ‘Heartbreaker Challenge’ May 23 at Malden Park. The event promises more than 15 obstacles and “lots of mud.” Volunteers to help run the event can register for the fundraiser and 100 per cent of proceeds will stay local to support the cardiac wellness and pulmonary rehab programs in Windsor-Essex. Volunteers can participate in the event as well. To register, visit www.heartbreakerchallenge.com or check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/heartbreakerchallenge.

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Participants trudge through the mud at a previous year’s ‘Heartbreaker Challenge’ held at Malden Park.

TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Thank You

WINDSOR ESSEX COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

to our volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication to mental health services.

Services and Programs include:

Primary Care, Counselling, Hep C, Health Promotion, Falls Prevention, Active Aging/Chronic Disease Management, Master Your Health and Community Programs

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Celebrating g 49 years y off Addiction Recoveryy

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Street Help wishes our donors and volunteers the greatest blessings. Without your help we would not be able to continue the task commissioned of us in Matthew 25: 35 - 36 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I wa was in prison and you came to me.’

“Where People Need People”

Brentwood is a Recovery Home committed to providing compassionate care and abstinence based treatment in a residential setting for persons whose primary problem is alcohol and drug abuse while providing non-residential support for their families. We recognize and respect the fact that recovery is a lifelong process that requires ongoing support and care so that each person has the opportunity to continually enhance his/her confidence, self worth and personal growth.

Need help? Call 519-253-2441

Street Help Homeless Centre Of Windsor 964 Wyandotte St. E. • 519-977-9200 Mailing address: P.O. Box 773, Station A Windsor, ON N9A 6N8

www.streethelp.ca

Can you help us help others? We are always grateful for your support. For information call 519-946-3115 or email mlennox@brentwoodrecovery.com Visit us at www.brentwoodrecovery.com Charitable Registration No. 11885 0130 RR0001

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Membership Directory Join us at our 12th Annual General Meeting focusing on “Giving Back: Create a Positive Workspace and Life” Welcoming Linda Marshall, President, Marshall Connects Inc. Member, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. registration: 9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Location:The Other Place Catering, 1395 Walker Road,Windsor, ON GUESTS WELCOME! WEAVA members free. Non member fee $55 We would like to recognize and thank The Windsor Star for partnering with us again in the development and distribution of this insert. We wish to thank everyone who purchased ad space, submitted articles, photos and advertisements that contributed to our eleventh edition of the Volunteer Week Insert. Some stories or articles may have been edited by The Windsor Star.

Special thanks to WEAVA Volunteer Week insert committee: Paulette Jagatic, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare;Tina Gatt,Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, AIDS Committee of Windsor, JennYates

AIDS COMMITTEE OF WINDSOR 511 Pelissier St.Windsor, ON N9A 4L2

519-973-2222

We invite any interested volunteers to visit our website at www.aidswindsor.org and fill out our volunteer application as the first step in supporting a great cause!

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF WINDSOR/ESSEX COUNTY

2135 Richmond St.,Windsor, ON N8Y 0A1 Phone: 519-974-2220 ext. 237 Call today to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

BIBLES FOR MISSIONSTHRIFT STORE

375 Giles Blvd. E.,Windsor,ON N9E 4C5

519-250-9628

We distribute bibles and fund literary programs while serving our local community with dignity and respect by demonstrating the love of Christ through our devoted Christian volunteers’ time and talents.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY

201-200 West Grand Blvd.,Windsor, ON N9E 3W7

519-981-1329

To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact us.

BRENTWOOD RECOVERY HOME

2335 Dougall Ave.,Windsor,ON N8X 1S9 Office: 519-946-3115 Brentwood is a Recovery Home committed to providing lifelong compassionate care and abstinence based treatment in a residential setting for person whose primary problem is alcohol and drug abuse while providing non-residential support for their families.

BULIMIA ANOREXIA NERVOSAASSOCIATION

1500 Ouellette Ave., Suite 100,Windsor,ON N8W 1K7 519-969-2112 www.bana.ca BANA is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are eager to help in the areas of health promotion,community awareness, fundraising and staff support.Visit www.bana.ca

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY (ESSEX-COUNTY UNIT)

3201 Marentette Ave., Unit 2,Windsor ON N8X 4G3 519-254-5116 www.cancer.ca The Canadian Cancer Society is making the most impact against the most cancers in the most communities across the country.We fight for life locally, provincially and nationally. Join the fight today!

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY BRANCH

1400 Windsor Ave.,Windsor ON N8X 3L9 519-255-7440 www.cmha-wecb.on.ca Volunteers are involved in many areas at CMHA-WECB.To learn more about our exciting volunteer opportunities, please visit www.cmha-wecb.on.ca or phone 519-2557440 ext. 197.

CNIB

245 Janette Ave.,Windsor,ON N9A 4Z2

519-253-1900, ext. 5183

Volunteers provide sighted assistance to people who are blind or partially sighted. Training provided. Flexible hours and rewarding opportunities!

COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE OF ESSEX COUNTY 499 Notre Dame St., Belle River,ON N0R 1A0 519-728-1435 Email: infor@communitysupportcentre.ca Join our team of volunteers, so many things to do! Give us a call today.

COUNTRYVILLAGE HOMES WOODSLEE 440 County Rd. # 8,Woodslee, ON N0R 1V0

519-839-4812 ext. 206

You can make a difference! For volunteer opportunities please contact Shelley Alewick, Program Manager.

EXTENDICARE SOUTHWOOD LAKES

1255 North Talbot,Windsor ON N9G 3A4 519-967-3207 www.extendicare.com For more information regarding our many volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact us.

EXTENDICARE TECUMSEH

2475 St.Alphonse St.,Tecumseh,ON N8N 2X2 519-739-2998 www.extendicare.com ExtendicareTecumseh LongTerm Care Centre values volunteers and strives to offer volunteers joining our team life-enrichment opportunities.

HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION

4570 Rhodes Dr, Unit 350,Windsor,ON N8W 5C2

519-254-4345

We are always looking for new volunteers to help support the local not for profit organization. Please contact Kristen for current opportunities.

HERON TERRACE LONG TERM CARE 11550 McNorton Street,Windsor, ON N9P 1T9

519-979-6730 ext 248

Interested volunteers can email or call Chanda: chanda_lalonde@srgroup.ca to learn about our ongoing opportunities. Contact us for an application today!

THE HOSPICE OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY INC. 6038 Empress Street,Windsor, ON N8T 1B5

519-974-7100

You can make a difference, volunteer in patient care, events or administration.

HÔTEL-DIEU GRACE HEALTHCARE

1453 Prince Rd.,Windsor,ON N9C 3Z4

519-257-5111 ext. 73345

Help bring the spirit of care and compassion to others.Our volunteers are valuable members of the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare community, respected and appreciated by staff and patients alike.

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY

647 Ouellette Ave., Suite 101,Windsor,ON N9A 4J4 519-252-7889 www.LDAWE.ca We assist children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities, and those who support them, through information sharing, support and relevant programs.

LIFE AFTER FIFTY

635 McEwan Ave,Windsor, ON N9B 2E9 8787 McHugh St.,Windsor, ON N8S 0A1 Enriching the lives of older adults in our community… join our team and make a difference!

READY-SET GO!

647 Ouellette Avenue Suite 106,Windsor, ON

519-977-9407

Please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with our volunteer opportunities.

RICHMOND TERRACE – LTC

89 Rankin Street,Amherstburg, ON N9V 1E7

519-736-4295

FromTuck Shop to Hairdressing, visiting, bingo and much more! Please call to inquire about volunteer opportunities suited for all ages and walks of life.

SOUTH ESSEX COMMUNITY COUNCIL

SUN PARLOR HOME

175 Talbot St. E., Leamington, ON N8H 1L9

519-326-5731, ext. 296

Contact the Coordinator ofVolunteer Services, at ext. 296 to learn more about the wide variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities that are tailored to your individual needs, ability and schedule.

UNEMPLOYED HELP CENTRE OF WINDSOR INC 6955 Cantelon,Windsor ON N8T 3J9

519-944-4900

Dedicated to meeting the needs of the unemployed and economically challenged in Windsor & Essex County.We offer a variety of programs and services to those in need. Please visit www.uhc.ca

UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR STUDENT SUCCESS CENTRE 401 Sunset Ave.,Windsor, ON

519-253-3000 ext. 1414 Organizations looking for UWindosr volunteers or UWindsor students looking for opportunities should visit www.uwindsor.ca/vip and www.uwindsor.ca/volunteer

VICTORIAN ORDER OF NURSES

400-4520 Rhodes Dr., Suite 400,Windsor,ON N8W 5C2

519-254-4866 ext. 6303

Volunteer with VON and make a difference in your neighbourhood. Contact us for more information on the numerous volunteer opportunities at www.vonwindsoressex.ca

WELCOME CENTRE SHELTER FOR WOMEN

263 Bridge St.,Windsor, ON N9B 2M1

519-971-7595

Interested volunteers can call or email Andrea Spagnuolo-Saeid at volunteer@ welcomecentreshelter.com and request an application

WINDSOR DOWNTOWN MISSION 664 Victoria,Windsor,ON N9A 4N2

519-973-5573 www.downtownmission.com

You can make a positive difference!Your energy and commitment can be engaged at the DTM to respond to the effect of poverty in our community.

WINDSOR-ESSEX CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY

1671 Riverside Drive East,Windsor ON N8Y 5B5

519-252-1171 ext. 1

Our volunteers make a tremendous impact on the lives of children.We need your support! Call us today!

WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

850 Ouellette Ave.,Windsor ON N9A 4M9

519-255-6770

Foster the love of reading by volunteering at the library! We use volunteers for both children’s and adult programming.

WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Metropolitan Campus – 1995 Lens Ave.,Windsor ON N8W 1L9

519-326-8629 ext. 381

519-254-5577 ext. 52343 www.wrh.on.ca Ouellette Campus 1030 Ouellette Ave.,Windsor,ON N9A 1E1 519-973-4411 ext. 33184 Visit us at www.wrh.on.ca to learn about our volunteer program.

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO GLEANERS

WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE SKILLS TRAINING OF WINDSOR INC.(WEST)

215 Talbot St. E., Leamington,ON N8H 3X5

Volunteers are invited to participate in tutoring,friendly visitation,Meals onWheels delivery and more. Visit www.secc.on.ca.Helping People.Improving Lives. 40 Industrial Rd., Leamington, ON N8H 4W4

519-326-SOUP (7687) Southwestern Ontario Gleaners is an interdenominational non-profit organization that rescues unmarketable produce and converts to be distributed FREE of charge to local community partners and reputable relief agencies around the world.There are many ways to help!To donate funds, produce or to volunteer, please contact Amy Pinsonneault at 519-326-SOUP (7687) or swogleaners@gmail.com.

647 Ouellette Ave., Suite 201,Windsor,ON N9A 4J4

519-256-6621

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