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National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Join Volunteer Canada and Investors Group April 15-21, 2018 to recognize the contributions of volunteers in our communities. This year’s theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.



Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.


Past President Paulette Jagatic

President Sue MacTaggert

Vice-President Shauna Chiandussi

Treasurer Theresa Blondin

Marketing Coordinator Kathryn Hunt

Secretary Darlene Malcolm

Program Coordinator Jane Sylvester

Program Coordinator Dodie Wilson

Hôtel-DieuGrace Healthcare

The Hospice of Windsor/Essex


Canadian Cancer Society

Habitat for Humanity

WEskills Connection Manager, Workforce WindsorEssex

University of Windsor, Career & Employment Services

Volunteer Relations & Human Resources Coordinator, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre

The Windsor-Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA) is proud to recognize the wonderful work done in our community through the passion, commitment and love of our local volunteers. As an organization, WEAVA exists to promote the importance of volunteerism within our community and strengthen the connections of Volunteer Administration through competent and passionate leadership. The roles our volunteers play in the Windsor-Essex community cannot go

unnoticed or unappreciated. Volunteers help keep our neighborhoods, organizations, streets, parks, river, green spaces and water safe. They deliver critical services like firefighting and meals. They educate our community on health and safety. They coach, mentor, and support in ways that allow their passion to transcend to those lives they touch. It’s hard sometimes to completely understand the impacts of volunteerism on growth and prosperity of society. For this reason, publications like

this are important to not only recognize but educate the number of Windsor-Essex organizations who utilize the talents and passion of volunteers. In our 15th year of celebrating this important week through this Windsor Star insert you read today, we would like to thank each organization that has purchased the space to highlight how their committed group of volunteers has been critical to success. Thanks must also be given to the WEAVA executive team listed below who work very hard for our community and for the or-

ganization. As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 14-21, we thank the Windsor Star for their continued support in partnering with this insert. The stories you will read in the pages to follow are ones of dedication, inspiration, friendship, support, passion, and creativity. The power of volunteering has been documented for the last 2,500 years and we encourage you to read how in this year volunteers continue to make a difference in Windsor-Essex.


VOLUNTEERS: PASSION, ACTION, IMPACT I started volunteering at the AIDS Committee of Windsor because I wanted a way to give back to the community and at the same time working on skills that can be applied to the workforce. I wanted to be able to apply some of the skills that I have learned through my many years at school. I continue to work with ACW not only for learning skills, but you become invested in the people that you meet and you want to know how they are doing. The clients become just as invested in how you are. You make

friendships and learn about various aspects of life and opinions on how the city is being run, what problems are coming up and how changes have been able to help or

hinder them. Vou look forward to coming in and greeting the staff and clients who are always there offering a smile and laugh. The clients help you as much as you help

them. The staff are always around and full of information. If there is anything that you need or anything you are unsure of. They are more than happy to help you, inform you and bounce ideas off of. They inspire you to live up to how much they are helping out the community. The staff along with the volunteers are able to work together to create a safe environment that is nonjudgmental and knowing that they are safe and able to get the help that they need.

AIDS Committee Windsor Website: Contact Information: Windsor Office (main) 511 Pelissier Street Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 Phone: (519) 973 - 0222 Fax: (519) 973-7389 Chatham Outreach Office 67 Adelaide Street South Chatham ON N7M 4R1 Phone: (519) 352- 2121 Fax: (519) 351- 7067 Toll Free Number: 1-800 • 265-4858


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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM SHARE IN VOLUNTEERING Claudina DeLuca and Celina DeBiasio are a mother and daughter who have found volunteering in the Adult Day Program at the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County a rewarding experience. Celina shared, “I was looking for a volunteer experience where I could use my skills to make the biggest impact and this program was a perfect fit. Every week I look forward to seeing the familiar faces of clients and spending time with

them. I learn so much from the clients, and I know that as I work towards a career in the medical profession, this experience will shape the kind of practitioner I become.” Celina and Claudina are both fluent in Italian, allowing them to interact with a wider range of clients in the Day Program. Claudina also brings her experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist, adding another layer of understanding and compassion when it comes to

Volunteers Celina DeBiasio left and Claudina DeLuca are featured with Adult Day Away Clients at the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County.

communicating with people with dementia. “I was encouraged to volunteer by Celina, she knew it was something I would enjoy,” said Claudina, “and she was right. Spending time in the Day Program has been so re-

warding, both spiritually and emotionally. Reminiscing with clients, hearing their personal stories and sharing a laugh with them is a special experience.” Volunteers like Claudina and Celina are vital to providing qual-

ity programming to persons with dementia. The Society is grateful to all volunteers who make a difference by volunteering their time, skills, and abilities. Want to get involved? Call Angela 519-974-2220



I started volunteering for BANA in 2013 when I first started college. My initial thought to start volunteering was the same like most of my other young-adult peers: I need experience and resume building material. Little did I know, BANA became much more to me than that. I saw right off the bat, since my orientation, how much work and value BANA puts in to the Windsor/Essex area. The work they put in is unmatched, and it takes a special

Anna Millerman (left) with BANA executive director Luciana Rosu-Sieza.

group of people to make the difference that they do. I had ended up taking my passion for photography and matching it with my volunteer work with BANA, and I could not have more fun “working.” It is always heartwarming and gratifying working with BANA, attending their events and documenting them through photos to ensure that their efforts will be remembered. Their events and efforts are always enjoyable and I always look forward to them as they always put so much in to what they do.

I enjoy my time so much with BANA that I requested my internship at the end of my college diploma be placed here as well, giving me so much more insight in to how much effort truly goes in to what this wonderful non-profit organization does. Although life gets busy, and I don’t have as much time to volunteer as I used to, I know I will always have BANA in my life, even if it is just taking photos for them every now and then or just supporting their efforts myself and attending their fundraisers.

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to all Volunteers for their Dedicated Community Involvement

I enjoy my time so much with BANA that I requested my internship at the end of my college diploma be placed here as well. Gerry, Sharon & Ke evin Cooper CMHA Volunteers & Sole Focus Project Am mbassadors

CMHA-WECB wishes to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for taking a stand for mental health! • 519-255-7440 WIN00860347_1_1

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Nathan Doupnik has a passion for volunteering with Canadian Blood Services.

Being the naïve grade 10 student I was at the time, I didn’t realize that watching my mom donate blood at Zehrs supermarket in LaSalle was my first step in becoming a public health advocate. At Sandwich Secondary high school, I began volunteering with Canadian Blood Services (CBS). The fact that a student might walk into a clin-

ic, and save three lives in under one hour struck me how ordinary people could perform extraordinary acts of altruism. Shortly after I turned 17 I made my first blood donation with CBS. Becoming a member of this life-saving society was satisfying but not enough, I needed to share my passion with others. In the next few years I attended a plethora of events with CBS to recruit donors. In my home town

of LaSalle, the monthly clinics at Zehrs and Sacred Heart church. In Windsor, events at Devonshire Mall, the WFCU center, and the riverfront for Canada’s 150th celebration. My passion has even led me as far as Amherstburg and Leamington for Woof-a-Roo Pet Fest and Canco Employee Wellness fairs. Having witnessed patients at local hospitals receive blood trans-

fusions I understand the enormous demand upon the public health care system. The health and wellbeing of real patients are at stake. My current role as the Co-President of the University of Windsor Blood Club has given me a strong sense of social responsibility. My commitment to CBS speaks volumes about my character and has primed me with the right attitudes and values for a successful career in medicine.



Growing up, I witnessed several family members and friends battle cancer. With various types affecting people of all ages, I quickly realized how relentless cancer truly is. In grade 9, I joined the “Youth Troop” at Villanova in order to get involved with this familiar cause. In association with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Youth Troop is a group of students who plan fundraisers and educational events in our school community. After becoming involved, I was quickly empowered. The Canadian Can-

cer Society not only listened to my ideas, but granted me the responsibility, assistance, and resources necessary to make my ideas come to life. Through events such as Relay for Life Youth and a video game tournament, the staff both guided and encouraged us. I continue to volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society, and do so with great passion. With local support programs, healthy living promotion, and advances in research we work everyday to create a world where no one fears cancer. In the future, I will continue to be apart of the Canadian Cancer Society to do my part

in reaching this goal. Join the Youth Troop today! Students gain leadership skills, meet like-minded youth, boost their resumes, have a chance to win scholarships and truly make a difference in our community. Cancer changes everything. So can you. To get involved, please contact : Theresa Blondin, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society. 519-254-5116

Meaghan Frank volunteering during Breast Cancer Awareness Month



Ron and Jeannette have been volunteering together for the past 10 years.

Ron and Jeannette have been volunteering together for the past 10 years at our Food Pantry. Every other Monday they join a crew of volunteers that unpack, sort and stock shelves. They have trained and worked with many volunteers over the years. “Ron and I have been volunteering for many years with various groups and each charity has brought us personal rewards. Working at the Food Pantry in

Belle River is surely one of those rewards. We go home after each shift knowing we have made a difference and feel a sense of accomplishment. Our fellow volunteers are the greatest and hard workers who help us to achieve our tasks. We have two very special team members that are persons living with disabilities that complete our team and make us proud. Thanks to them and to the office staff at the Community Support Centre, we continue to enjoy our volunteer-

ing.” COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE OF ESSEX COUNTY / CENTRE DE SOUTIEN COMMUNAUTAIRE 499 Notre Dame St., PO .Box 885, Belle, River, ON, N0R 1A0 Tel: 519-728-1435 FAX: 519-728-4713 WEBSITE: EMAIL: CHARITABLE REGISTRATION # 10696 2608 RR 0001



We are a not for profit community health centre that provides primary care, health promotion, illness prevention and supportive services to the people in our community who need it most. WIN00860092_1_1




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Volunteer Profiles DOWNTOWN MISSION


Janelle Martineau found the best way to learn about community was through volunteering at the Downtown Mission.

Volunteering is the truest way to learn about the foundations of a community, including its strengths and challenges. Two years ago, I began volunteering with the Downtown Mission and learned just that. The Downtown Mission focuses on providing basic necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter and support to vulnerable men and women across Windsor. I started by taking on the role of a route marker for the Coldest Night of the Year walk. Prior to this event, I had known very little about the Downtown Mission, but soon learned they are one of the few organizations that host their events at their site. Through this approach, volunteers and event participants are able to engage with the individuals they are helping and witness the changes to the

programs and services that occur as a result of their support. After participating in numerous events, I began to lend my hand in daily work and outreach for the organization. These new facets allowed me to utilize my strengths in supporting the Downtown Mission and the vulnerable individuals it supports. I have been able to generate a better understanding of the influences that impact these individuals and the work that can be done within a community to support them. As a result of my time with the Downtown Mission, not only have I been able to develop a greater appreciation for the organization, but also a stronger understanding of challenging situations many individuals face. It also highlighted for me how we as a community can work together to provide understanding and hope. My experiences have given me a

Volunteering, for me, allows personal contribution to my community JANELLE MARTINEAU

sense of appreciation for my own circumstance and compassion towards those who face adversities. Volunteering, for me, allows personal contribution to my community, which draws people together and creates our caring community.



I started with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program in 1996, and in 2003 a brand new Extendicare opened in Halton Hills. My first greyhound and I were there to greet new residents, starting when there were only 6 people in the facility! In 2010 my family moved to Windsor, and as I had enjoyed my Halton Extendi-

care experience so much, it felt like a piece of home in my new city. My greyhound Bella and I have been privileged to be a weekly part of so many people’s lives at Extendicare Southwood Lakes. What better place to learn all the interesting tidbits of history than by chatting with the residents of this city who have seen it bloom and grow. For instance, did you know that where Devonshire Mall now sits was the

site of at least one racing greyhound track? Our Therapy Dogs are stringently tested and insured, the right combination of temperament, obedience, and aptitude is a requirement of each hound. The St. John Ambulance motto is “We are there to care” and at the Extendicare, St. Clair College, various schools, Woof-a-Roo, you are likely to see one of our volunteer teams: please be sure to greet us!

Therapy dogs can provide comfort and support to people in a range of settings, like hospitals, retirement homes, and schools.

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Thank You Alumni Association Volunteers!



“The value of volunteering digs deeper than the communities we live in.” P.J. Dupuis, Alumni Board Member since 2014

Pictured right are Alumni Board Members P.J. Dupuis, Jean Wright and John Renaud.

To find out more about volunteering with the Alumni Association, contact Rob Janisse at 519-253-3000 ext. 4055 or email to WIN00860217_1_1

We’re celebrating 40 years of helping children and youth with special needs in Windsor-Essex reach their full potential.We couldn’t do what we do without the help of wonderful volunteers.Thank you! Interested in volunteering? Visit and click on Volunteer located under the Support tab or email WIN00860308_1_1

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SOME TIME IS ALL YOU NEED! Some may say “why volunteer in a care facility, there are people taking care of them?” Well the truth of the matter is that people need socialization. The effects of social relationships and mortality have been studied by people like Julianne Holt-Lunstad. They have found that people with stronger social relationships had a 50 per cent increased likelihood of survival than those with weaker social relationships. Volunteering doesn’t have to take up all your time, whatever you can offer would make a world of difference. Samantha Ouellette shares her experience volunteering: I was introduced to Extendicare Tecumseh when I was placed there for my college placement. The minute I arrived and got into the groove of things, I knew it was a place I wanted to stay. A few

months later my placement ended but then I still volunteered during my free time. While volunteering, it opened my eyes to a new perspective of things. The thing I loved most was watching the resident’s eyes and faces light up while entertainment or other activities such as bingo was going on. Knowing you could make someone’s day with even a small drop in visit, made me feel fulfilled and as if I put my free time to good use. I don’t always make it in to volunteer as much with my current work schedules but I always like to participate when I can, even if it’s baking goodies for a bake sale. Volunteering will always have a place in my heart and I’m going to continue volunteering with any free time I may get.

Volunteering will always have a place in my heart SAMANTHA OULLETTE

Samantha Ouellette has a new perspective on life through volunteering.



Penny Craig is pleased to be an instrument in helping others.

For me, volunteering is really a vocational call to serve. Responding to that call is truly the gift that makes a difference. I have been a volunteer in various capacities since the early 1970’s. Scouts Canada, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County since the beginning years. If volunteering had a motto, I am sure it would be ‘in the service of others’. I have been volunteering with Hospice as a Therapeutic Touch volunteer since it began with Hospice in early 2003. The benefits, to the patients and families, the Hos-

pice and myself attests to the spirit of what hospice represents to this community. Volunteering helps us to realize that who we are is indeed a gift, and through volunteering, we come to know and understand that by sharing ourselves with others, we become more of who we are. As a Volunteer providing Therapeutic Touch sessions to our patients and families, they experience a sense of relaxation and restfulness that is so important for them along their illness journey. There is a sense of healing that takes place that I am so pleased I was able to be an instrument in helping them benefit from that experience. Most people who volunteer, act

I have been a volunteer in various capacities since the early 1970’s PENNY CRAIG

out of compassion and love for others and wanting to be of service. This is hospice, this is compassion, and, I daresay, it is the essence of what volunteering means….’an honour to serve’.


‘LOVE STARTS HERE’ AT HÔTEL-DIEU GRACE HEALTHCARE We just want these patients to know that they are thought of. Handing out flowers is an easy way to do that. FAT I M A NA D E E M

On two occasions, every patient at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) were hand delivered kindness and a little bit of joy in the form of a beautiful carnation flower and a note that read, “Love Starts Here”. These patient recognition events were organized and facilitated by HDGH volunteers and members of the University of Windsor’s ‘Demolishing Walls’ social service group. This group, which consists of 15-20 members, aims to break down the “walls” of ignorance and discrimination in our current society by

University of Windsor’s Demolishing Walls members Ifedayo, Sarya, Nadia, Fatima, Rawand and HDGH volunteer Deborah.

educating the public and bringing awareness and support for those most vulnerable in our community. “We just want these patients to know that they are thought of. Handing out flowers is an easy way to do that,” explains Fatima

Nadeem, President and Founder of Demolishing Walls, when asked why they chose to organize this special event. The patients throughout HDGH were pleasantly surprised when these volunteers stopped by their

room or visited them during therapy sessions to hand them the special gift. “This is so nice. I feel so special,” beamed one of our rehabilitation patients. Every day our volunteers remind

us that doing things for others to make them feel good, with no expectation of self-fulfillment or reciprocity, can have the largest impacts. Most importantly, they teach us that love, no matter how big or small, starts with each of us.


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Ken Moore is the kind of volunteer who is the first person on the site each morning and is often the last person to leave at the end of the day.

Ken Moore is the kind of volunteer who is the first person on the Habitat build site each morning and is often the last person to leave at the end of the day. He works hard, is generous with sharing his knowledge, and extremely patient with newcomers and novices. He is the first person we call to be a team leader when we have a large group coming to the build site. Ken has a wonderful sense of humour. He is always ready to adjust to any surprises during

the build day—be that inclement weather, running short of supplies, not enough help and too much help! “Seeing Ken on site always brings a smile to my face because I know it’s going to be a good day” says Board Chair Mary Margaret Parent. Ken has volunteered on over 20 builds—just in Windsor-Essex, and has no plans to stop. He accomplishes a great deal when he is on site and has fun while doing it. He willingly lends his exper-

tise and skill to the Habitat Build Program with humility and modesty. Ken is a gem in our community, offering his time, expertise and goodwill not only to Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, but as a coach, a Goodfellow and managing volunteer projects for other organizations as well. Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex is both humble and grateful for his dedication to our organization, our homeowners and our community.


MAKING A NOTICABLE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS I met Colin before he retired and it was already in his plans to join the Life After Fifty volunteer team as soon as his elementary school teaching career came to an end. Colin started out slowly, helping out at events here and there. It’s during these events that we realized how Colin could just make things happen. He soon became a big part of our Life After Fifty team. He helps us provide our services in so many ways. He

is a LAF member and outstanding volunteer at both our centres. Colin creates and provides programs to enrich our member’s lives, volunteers at one-time fundraising events as well as committing to several regular volunteer roles on a weekly basis. He is also a member representative on our Board of Directors. Colin has provided over 1000 volunteer hours in the few years he has been a member of LAF. He also volunteers for other

organizations in the Windsor community; Windsor’s Senior Games, Canada 150 celebrations and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Colin’s dedication and passion for Life After Fifty helps make our centres a wonderful place to be. Windsor’s senior community is growing, Life After Fifty plays a significant role in servicing the older adults of Windsor by providing unique programs and services

to this group of people. For Colin, volunteering at Life After Fifty is about connecting with his community. He recognizes that Seniors are one of our best commodities with their knowledge, wisdom and varied experiences and yet receive the least resources. We, at LAF, are privileged that Colin shares his time, resources and talents to help make a difference in the lives of our senior members.

Colin James makes things hapen as a volunteer at Life After Fifty.


BLESSED BY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Why volunteer? After working as a Registered Nurse for fortyfive years, I did not want to just be at home. I need to be active, interact with people, have good, stimulating conversations, and be able to use some of my talents in a constructive positive fashion, and most importantly to serve the Lord in my community. It is very important to me to give back to the community. I am fortunate that my husband has been volunteering for two years at Mission Thrift Store too, and volunteering has been very positive for him. Why volunteer at Mission Thrift Store? The values promoted are a very strong Christian based mores, values, and environment. It is a pleasure to be volunteering with men and women who actively demonstrate the Love of Christ in the many departments. There are so many different things to do! I am a cashier and I also work processing donated clothes. I must admit that shopping is a temptation but at these low, low prices, it

is also a blessing. I tell my husband that I am saving money shopping here………..and it’s true! The morning starts with devotions, prayer requests and praising the Lord. This promotes a respect for fellow volunteers and more importantly to everyone that enters the thrift store. We have potluck lunches, birthday cakes and sometimes homemade baked goods too! This demonstrates the heartfelt fellowship of volunteers and that we are truly a family. Something that I am most proud of is Mission Thrift Store’s incredible ministry. In 2017 alone, our financial contribution through our 50 stores across Canada to Bible League of Canada was $10,097,343.00!! 7,182,151 scrip-

tures were placed worldwide while assisting people in 40 countries with adult literacy, women and children’s ministry programs and so much more! Everyday, I have learned and truly been blessed, with watching the caring, compassion and respect shown to people in the community. If a person visits our thrift store, and is cold, perhaps in need of a coat, shoes, socks or sweater, these items have been quietly given and given without judgement. The person feels respected and leaves with a smile on their face. What a blessing to be involved in this community. Thank you, Joy Waud

Happy National Volunteer Week 2018 Thank you to all of our volunteers

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Volunteer Profiles RICHMOND TERRACE

THE GLORIOUS GIFT SHOP ANGELS: DEBBIE AND CHERYL I would like to submit our Gift Shop Angels to be recognized as special volunteers. These two ladies take such pride in what they do. They design beautiful windows to reflect the seasons or holidays and have a wonderful array of gifts to choose from. They also bring in fresh baked goods to sell as well. They are open every Monday, 9-1, Wednesday 12-4 and Friday 9-1. They never miss a shift and even come in for extra hours at Christmas time so the residents can do some shopping. That is dedication! Here’s what they had to say. We both had family members living at Richmond Terrace’ my father in-law and Cheryl’s Mom. We were very happy with the staff and felt we should give back someway since we are both retired. It has been fun opening the Gift Shop from the bottom up. Meeting the residents and their families has been a joy and extra bonus. The staff has been super supportive in this endeavor and we would like to thank each and every one of them.

Cheryl McLean and Debbie Bastien, our Gift Shop Angels.

It has been fun opening the Gift Shop from the bottom up. Meeting the residents and their families has been a joy and extra bonus. D E B B I E & C H E RY L


A DYNAMIC DUO GIVING BACK TO KEEP FAMILIES CLOSE! Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Windsor is truly something that matters to Phil and Marie Proulx! This husband and wife team have jumped in both feet donating their valuable time to benefit Windsor families. They have been dedicated since the first Ronald McDonald House within a Hospital in Canada opened its doors in May, 2016. They both are very passionate about the House and the need to provide a homeaway-from-home to help keep families close to their seriously ill or injured child. Volunteering weekly has now become a part of their

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regular routine. Phil is the House Grocery Shopper and ensures all items are bought and safely delivered to the House. He knows the families need nourishment so they can return to their sick child to provide much needed care. Marie volunteers in a different capacity and is much more “hands on” in the House. Marie supports the families by always making sure coffee is made, snacks are prepared to grab and go, fresh linens are available and with whatever else needs to be done around the House. Whether volunteering behind the scenes or in the House, the impact our volun-

Phil and Marie Proulx are passionate about volunteering for Ronald McDonald House.

teers have on families is tremendous. The smallest gesture goes such a long way. Our volunteers help reduce stress for families by

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

just being there. Over 200 hundred families have stayed in the House since we opened and over 1,200 families have benefitted from our

Day Pass Program. Phil and Marie are a great team and an asset to our Volunteer Program. We can’t thank them enough for their service!

Our volunteers provide help for today as we work towards finding a cure for tomorrow.

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Our volunteers are amazing! We are so grateful for each and every volunteer who gives their time and talents so generously. Your hearts serve our community and our ministry each and every day! You are a blessing.

THANK-YOU! Mission Thrift Store 375 Giles Blvd., Windsor, Ontario (519) 250-9628

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South Essex Community Council volunteer Marjolein (centre) and her students.

In September 2017, SECC changed the structure of its evening Language classes for newcomers. This new model incorporated more volunteer tutors to lead small group sessions. The time commitment for this new position at one evening per week for a four month time period was a deterrent to some volunteers. The first person to step forward

to assist was Marjolein, and she wanted to help all three nights. When asked why she chose to volunteer with SECC, Marjolein replied, “I chose to be a volunteer because I wanted to add a dimension to my life where I could be of service to others that I could identify with. I am of the opinion that everyone in retirement should take a course, teach or tutor. It’s

a time to pay it forward and put back into society a helping hand to those who need it.” The connection between Marjolein and her students was instant. The adult students from a variety of backgrounds appreciate the time and hard work that she puts into helping them learn English. Marjolein says, “It is so rewarding and energizing to see

the progress “my” students are making, not just in their language skills, but also the greater confidence they exude in their interactions as they develop. I so admire all of these students that after a day of work and family responsibilities they come to school 3 nights a week and try their best to improve their English language skills. All these people have a story to tell; the sacrifice and personal struggles they went through to come to Canada, to work here, to raise their families here and in some cases rebuild their lives. They all want to contribute to our society in a meaningful way. As an immigrant myself, I can relate to some of the daily challenges they face not just from the language perspective, but also in basic daily activities. What is easy and obvious to others can be a real struggle and source of anxiety for new

immigrants - ordering a coffee in a Tim Hortons, registering your kids in school, your child’s first school birthday party, applying for a job, mapping out a bus route or doing your taxes. I am humbled by the perseverance of their efforts. The appreciation and support I receive from the SECC staff are very motivating. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of something so important and meaningful.” The new class structure has flourished thanks to the volunteers. In January, Marjolein and the other tutors committed to another four months of teaching to see their students through their school year. The strength of the program lies in time and dedication that the tutors put in. As an organization we are lucky to have volunteers like Marjolein working with us to help people and improve lives in our community.


WOMEN DRIVE POWERFUL LOCAL MOVEMENT Lynda Pizzolitto is a volunteer who truly embodies the characteristics of the group she’s a pioneering member of—Women Leading the Way. She joined the women’s philanthropy circle in its inaugural year of 2014, and has been its volunteer Chair since 2017. Women Leading the Way, a program of United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, mobilizes a powerful network of caring and professional women to advance the common good in our community. The group brings together leaders

from various backgrounds to tackle social issues facing our region, particularly as it relates to women, youth and children. Pizzolitto is no stranger to volunteering for United Way. She has championed United Way’s fundraising campaign at her workplace—Reliance Home Comfort—for many years. She has also supported many special events, and fulfilled roles on United Way’s Campaign Cabinet and Impact Council. Volunteering with like-minded

women from across the region as part of Women Leading the Way has inspired Lynda to deepen that commitment to volunteerism and empower other women to make a difference too. “The work of Women Leading the Way and United Way to lift children out of poverty in our community has been extremely rewarding. I’m proud and honoured to be a part of the solution, and help young people fulfil their potential,” says Pizzolitto. Interested in joining the Women

Lynda Pizzolitto is a pioneering member of Women Leading the Way.

Leading the Way group? Contact United Way at 519-258-0000 ext. 1218 or visit www.weareunited. com/WomenLeadingtheWay to

learn more. Their next event—The Celebrating Women Who Inspire Us Luncheon —takes place May 9 at the Fogolar Furlan.



Kyle Cacilhas is involved with the University of Windsor’s Volunteer Internship Program.

Why we volunteer Canadians state that the primary reason they volunteer is to contribute to their communities. The next two major reasons are to use skills and experience and because they have been personally affected by the cause. The breakdown is as follows: • to make a contribution to community (93%); • to use skills and experience (78%); • personally affected by the organization’s cause (59%); • to explore one’s own strengths

(48%); • because their friends volunteer (48%); • to network with others (46%); • to improve job opportunities (22%); and • to fulfill religious obligations or beliefs (21%). Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain “to benefit another person, group or organization” Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for

Back in high school, I was always involved with volunteering. I decided to join the Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) at the University to get back into the volunteering spirit. On my first day at Accelerator, I was given a tour where I saw the “behind-the-scenes” work of Windsor`s start-ups, along with learning my responsibilities. Soon enough, I adapted to the role, and really enjoyed the challenges associated with it. Arthur Barbut (CEO) and Sid-

possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

Benefits of community volunteer work There are many proven personal benefits of community volunteerism. Working together with a group of people who have different ethnicity, backgrounds, and views reduces stereotypes. Community volunteerism has also been proven to improve student’s academic success.According to Where’s the

dique Sheik (High School Outreach Programme Coordinator), are incredibly knowledgeable about the start-up scene in Windsor. It was a pleasure to learn from them, along with other small business owners, while making an impact in the entrepreneurial community. VIP also allowed me to reflect on my experiences while developing the essential skills needed to confidently excel in my future career. I significantly improved my resume and cover letter writing skills, and I received great feedback on my presentation skills! Now this might be the business

student within me speaking, but the biggest lesson I learned was that time really is money. Making the time to volunteer in my community over the years opened doors to paid opportunities. Volunteering at the Capitol Theatre and the Accelerator provided me the respective skills to now work at SilverCity and as an assistant for VIP. Ultimately, volunteering your time is a valuable investment, and now, I get to help other students develop their own career paths through the impacts of volunteering.

Learning in Service Learning? by Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles, immersing oneself into service learning and serving others has many positive effects both academic and personal. Not only does surrounding oneself with new people and learning how to work together as a group help one improve teamwork and relational skills, it reduces stereotypes, increases appreciation of other cultures, and works to allow young people to find others that they relate to. Eyler and Giles noted that at the beginning and end of a college semester that included three hours of community service a week, students reported a much higher regard for cultural differences. At the end of the semester those who had participated in service-learning were noted as saying

that the most important things that they had learned were not to judge others, and to appreciate every type of person because everyone shares some similar key characteristics. Community volunteer work has proven to be a powerful predictor in students’ academic lives and college experience as a whole. Studies have shown that students who participate in community service as a part of their college course of study have a much higher correlation of completing their degree (Astin, 1992; Pascarella and Terenzini, 1991). In addition, college students who participate in community volunteer projects as a part of their college experience report finding a much greater relevance in their academic studies after completing community volunteer projects.

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LENDING AN APPRECIATED HAND IN A SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT Meet James Benvenuto… James Benvenuto is 22 years old and has been volunteering at VON just shy of two years now. He comes consistently once a week, on every Tuesday morning. James performs tasks like folding letters, sanitizing binders, and inserting important documents into them. Prior to volunteering with VON, James would occupy his time by cleaning at home, playing floor hockey, and listening to his favourite music band; U2. James says that volunteering at VON has given him the opportunity to socialize with the VON staff, something of which we all need on a daily basis.

The tasks given to him keeps his mind engaged and allows him the opportunity to be independent and productive. His personal strengths include lifting heavy items, the ability to concentrate on the task in front of him, and of course his incredible work ethic. In particular, James knows how to own the job. He is very meticulous about his work and looks forward to coming to VON each week. When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering at VON, he replied “the people”. Everyone is hardworking and pleasant. He really feels appreciated while he is here. James rel-

ishes in the conversations he has with the staff at VON and undeniably gets the job done. VON is the first volunteer opportunity for James, and he would love to stay here for as long as he can. James was asked for one word to describe volunteering at VON, he instead replied with two words… FUN and FANTASTIC! VON Contact Information: VON Windsor-Essex 400-4520 Rhodes Drive Windsor, ON N8W 5C2 519-254-4866 x6297

James Benvenuto has been volunteering at VON just shy of two years.


THE EFFORTS OF ONE HAS INSPIRED MANY Anne Horan has been a Volun- Club of St. Michaels has provided teer with CAS for over 20 years. funding as well, and fabric shops She began as a volunteer driver but in Windsor/Essex assist with fabsoon her caring heart wanted to ric donations. Three community do more. At that time things were women also knit sweaters, bonnets needed for newborns coming into and booties for the babies. They foster care and from that moment may not all know each other but this idea grew into a whole com- Anne is a vital connection to them munity of people coming together all. Anne and friends under Anne’s passion and leader- Each year, over recently held a day of friendship and ship. 125 newborn sewing at the HarAnne was sucrow Colchester cessful in growlayettes are Agricultural Hall. ing a network of provided to Many groups and support which from first included the babies leaving individuals all over the region Catholic Women’s gathered for a day League of Leamthe hospital sewing to conington. Together or through the of tribute to the prothey decided they would make baby Society’s High ject. Each year, over bags with receivRisk Infant 125 newborn laying blankets, infant ettes are provided sleepers, newborn Program. to babies leaving diapers, and a the hospital or quilt. This became known as ‘newborn layettes’ for through the Society’s High Risk Infant Program. our babies in need. Thanks to one extraordinary volAnne continued to inspire everyone she knew to help with this pro- unteer, a legacy of giving back was ject including members of the Erie created and collectively they have Shores Quilters Guild and Windsor all made a profound difference for Quilters Guild along with Helping our smallest and most vulnerable Hands of Windsor. The Friendship children.

Anne Horan has been a Volunteer with CAS for over 20 years.






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APPRECIATING THE DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY Creative Drop In is a weekly program offered in Leamington, by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, geared toward the Low German Community. Parenting and health information is provided and the participants use their skills to make blankets and clothes for others in the community and beyond. Volunteers are an important part of this program since they provide support to the children while the parents are engaged in planned activities. Margie is one of our child care volunteers. A natural leader, Margie prepares the crafts and brings several books, from the local library, each week. Margie recently moved to the

town and was searching for a way to make connections. Having volunteered previously, she knew there were benefits to both the community and the volunteer by getting involved in a meaningful way. For many years, Margie taught in Montessori education which supports a method of teaching that gives appreciation for the uniqueness of each child and how they learn. When Margie is asked what the rewards are for her in volunteering? “I feel like I am making a difference. I am using my skills and learning about a specific segment of the population. It gives me an appreciation of the diversity in

A natural leader, Margie prepares crafts and brings several books from the local library each week.

our community.” Margie encourages others to volunteer for various reasons including: you can meet the needs of specific populations, you can

use your skills in a productive, meaningful manner and meet new people. Without child care, many individuals would be deterred from

attending this program. Volunteers make a big impact and are the reason for the success of programs, like ours, all across our communities.


ANIMAL-LOVING VOLUNTEERS REAP REWARDS I started volunteering at the WindsorEssex County Humane Society just over two years ago after my friend Terri, a volunteer of over 5 years, told me about what she does. I’ve always loved animals and was missing something in my life. I am a Meet Your Match volunteer, which helps prospective adopters find the right animal for their family and individual environment. It wasn’t long before I heard about fostering program and signed up for that experience as well. I started taking litters of kit-

tens and sometimes their mom, and raising them until they’re big enough to go up for adoption. It can be challenging but it’s always very rewarding. I love watching them grow and see each one of their little personalities start to develop. The hardest part is always saying goodbye but I know that they now

have the best start in life that they possibly can. Volunteering at the WECHS has been a great choice for me, and will continue to fulfill my desire to help my community and animals in need. Thank you! Heather

Volunteers Needed Registration for the 2018 Heart Breaker Challenge is now open! The 6th Annual Event will be the weekend after Victoria Day on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. As always, you must be a minimum of 16yrs old on Event Day and you can register as an Individual or a Team of 4. If you have 5 or more Teams (4 participants per team) or 20 or more Individual participants..... Please email and we can simplify the registration process (Group Registration information must be received in full by April 27, 2018 to be eligible.)

This is a Fundraising Event organized by Volunteers. While we do understand that unforseen circumstances such as an injury or other obligations may prevent you from participating after you register, we do have a “NO REFUND” policy. Transfers are subject to applicable charges. Want to help out with Heart Breaker? Volunteers can send a message to our Heart Breaker Volunteer Lead


The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. is grateful to our volunteers for a thirty-nine year legacy of compassion, care, hope and smiles. From our Hospice family to yours - thank you! 499 Notre Dame St. Belle River, ON 519-728-1435

For information about volunteering please contact us: |519.974.7100 · SUPPORT · EDUCATE · EMPOWER · SUPPORT · EDUCATE · EMPOWER · SUPPORT · EDUCATE · EMPOWER ·

We would like to express a deep and sincere THANK YOU to our devoted volunteers! In the past year our 499 volunteers provided 21,838 visits and 21,921 hours of service!


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Free Computer Classes Income Tax Preparation Backpack Program Service Canada on site twice per month

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More than 2,100 volunteers gave over 38,500 hours in 2017 to bring comfort to families staying close at Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario. We couldn’t help families without you! WIN00860191_1_1

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

Can you help us help others? We are always grateful for your support. For information call 519-946-3115 or email Visit us at Charitable Registration No. 11885 0130 RR0001 WIN00860162_1_1

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HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERING: AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK IN RETIREMENT When Patricia Reid Crichton retired from her job three years ago, she looked forward to the free time it meant for her life. However, she also knew that making the transition to retirement meant she wanted to fill much of that time with community volunteering. In Patricia’s case, it meant that after a 40-year employee in Windsor’s hospital system, she could return to what she loved—volunteering at Windsor Regional Hospital, allowing her to give back while to the community the hospital serves and at the same time continue to connect with staff and friends. “Reuniting with staff, who are also volunteering is so much fun!” says Patricia, who has volunteered her time to the new hospital project, the WRH Diversity Committee and other important endeavours. “We can all talk, go for coffee, while we complete the volunteer time of our choice. We have all the common knowledge from being employed by the hospital, and now we can still be there, see each other, but on our schedule.”

Patricia also volunteers in the community as president of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County’s board of directors, as well as being costume coordinator at the Film Camp for Kids & Youth. At the hospital, Patricia says she has really enjoyed visiting with patients, helping them complete patient satisfaction surveys at both campuses. Often she has been able to visit loved ones who are patients in the hospital and spend some time with them. “The best part of being a volunteer is, I can take my time, talking and reminiscing ... there is no pressure,” she says. “I know that had I not been volunteering at WRH, my life path would not have given me these opportunities of meeting up with past friends, teachers or classmates.” For more information on volunteering opportunities at WRH, please visit our website at www. and click on “Volunteer Services and Student Registration” under our Programs and Services directory.

A long-time employee of the Windsor hospital system, Patricia Reid Crichton returned to what she loved in retirement—volunteering at Windsor Regional Hospital.



Workforce WindsorEssex sees the value of volunteering and how it can help individuals better prepare for their future career.

Volunteering is not only a wonderful way to give back to the community, it is also a way to develop skills, meet other dedicated community members, and explore potential career opportunities. Workforce WindsorEssex sees the value of volunteering and how it can help individuals better prepare for their future career. Volunteering can also be considered as a form of experiential learning. Workforce WindsorEssex recently released a toolkit and a pair of guides for parents and employers to encourage support for experiential learning opportunities for young people and job seekers. Lauryn participated in experiential learning and learned so much. These resources expand on volunteering as a means of experiential learning. Volunteering gives individuals the opportunity to develop a portfolio of experiences that they can draw from in an

interview. Many employers are now recognizing volunteering as valid work experiences, which is useful as employers seek candidates who already have seen what the working world looks like. Additionally, many employers are seeking individuals who have a vast array of soft skills, such as communication and reliability. Volunteering is a great way to develop these skills. Through volunteering you have the opportunity to explore different working environments. If you have a dream job in mind, why not look into volunteer opportunities in that sector? This will help you get a taste for the industry to see if it further aligns with your career goals. To learn more about Experiential Learning Guides and how volunteering can be part of your career exploration, visit: https:// experiential-learning-hub/


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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY AIDS COMMITTEE OF WINDSOR 511 Pelissier Street Windsor, ON, N9A 4L2 519-973-0222 Interested volunteers can visit our website at to find out more about our agency and view available volunteer positions.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY 2135 Richmond St, Windsor, ON, N8Y 0A1 (519) 974-2220 Providing local services to individuals with dementia and their partners in care. Volunteer and make a difference in their lives today.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY PO Box #22070 11500 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON, N8N 5G6 519-981-1329 Monthly support groups for survivors of acquired brain injury and caregivers, province wide peer support mentoring, support group for parents with Children with ABI, goal setting support group, offers information to families, friends and caregivers, social programs, advocacy.

BULIMIA ANOREXIA NERVOSA ASSOCIATION 1500 Ouellette Ave, Suite 100 Windsor ON, N8W 1K7 519-969-5112

2017/2018 Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Workshop Guest Presenter—REVA COOPER Trends Impacting Volunteerism & Creative Recruitment Strategies Meeting Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 MEETING AGENDA

Interested volunteers can visit to fill out an application and find out more about volunteer opportunities.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 8:30 - 9:00 Registration 9:00 - 10:00 Business Meeting & Networking 10:00 - 3:30 Presentation

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES 3909 Grand Marais Rd E, Windsor, Ontario N8W 1W9 519-945-7486 extension 4917 Volunteers interested in supporting our local blood clinic can visit www. to complete an online application and view volunteer positions.

LOCATION Ambassador Golf Club

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY #2-3201 Marentette Ave, Windsor ON, N8X 4G3 519-254-5116

1025 Sprucewood Ave., Windsor, ON


The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Learn more at

CAREER DEVELOPMENT & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING University of Windsor 519-253-3000 Ext. 3893 Every semester community service learning students are matched with local non-profit organizations to give back to our community, apply disciplinary knowledge, and gain work experience. vip@uwindsor. ca |

WEAVA members free Non-member fee $55.00 As a consultant, researcher, writer and trainer, Reva draws from over thirty years’ experience in facilitating quality volunteer engagement. She believes strongly in the power of volunteerism, and the necessity of qualified leaders of volunteers to meet organizational goals. Her background includes impact roles as the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area and Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Conestoga College. In her consulting practice she assists a wide variety of “social profit”, public and charitable clients to mobilize volunteers, and to be innovative and proactive in addressing trends impacting volunteerism. Reva has trained and published in association with Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada, the Ontario Community Support Association, the Mennonite Central Committee and many others. Reva is an active volunteer in Kitchener, and was honoured to receive the first ever Award of Merit at the Volunteer Action Centre Community Impact Awards.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE OF ESSEX COUNTY 499 Notre Dame St. Belle River, ON, N0R 1A0 519-728-1435 We offer many volunteer opportunities, come join our team Visit web site: Email:

DOWNTOWN MISSION 664 Victoria, Windsor, ON, N9A 4N2 519-973-5573 Your energy and passion through service to others can make a positive difference in people’s lives. Together we build a community of respect and care for the most vulnerable. Explore volunteering at the DTM

LIFE AFTER FIFTY 635 McEwan Avenue, Windsor ON N8S 0A1 519-254-1108 Providing People 50+ with opportunities to be social, active and well. Join our volunteer team and make a difference. Visit our website at for more info.

MISSION THRIFT STORE 375 Giles Blvd. E., Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4C5 519-250-9628

EXTENDICARE SOUTHWOOD LAKES 1285 North Talbot Rd. Windsor ON, N9G 3A4 519-945-7249

Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. Your time and talents help provide lifesaving services, adult literacy programs, women and children’s programs and bibles to 47 countries worldwide.

Extendicare Southwood Lakes encourages those interested in volunteering to contact us to learn about the variety of volunteer experiences we offer.

RICHMOND TERRACE LONG TERM CARE 89 Rankin Ave. Amherstburg ON 519-736-5571 ext. 266

EXTENDICARE TECUMSEH 2574 St. Alphonse Tecumseh ON, N8N 2X2 519-739-2998 ext. 224

Come on out and join our team of incredible volunteers!

Extendicare Tecumseh offers rewarding opportunities to interact with seniors. We are committed to helping people live better and we cannot do it without you.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WINDSOR ESSEX 3064 Devon Drive Windsor ON, N8W 4L2 519-969-3762 ext. 222 Volunteers Welcome. Apply Online.

HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION WINDSOR ESSEX 4570 Rhodes Dr. Unit 350 Windsor, ON, N8W 5C2 519-254-4345 Volunteers are welcome to call the office to learn how they can join our dynamic team and help create more survivors in support of this cause.

HERON TERRACE LONG TERM CARE COMMUNITY 11550 McNorton, Windsor Ontario, N8P 1T9 519-979-6730 Please contact Chanda Lalonde to discuss any volunteer opportunities.

HÔTEL-DIEU GRACE HEALTHCARE 1453 Prince Rd., Windsor ON, N9C 3Z4 519-257-5111 Ext. 73345

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE WINDSOR Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus, 3rd Floor 1995 Lens Ave., Windsor, Ontario, N8W 1L9 519-985-2620 Helping give sick children what they need most……their families. Interested volunteers can inquire about attending a volunteer information session at 519-254-5577 #52286.

SOUTH ESSEX COMMUNITY COUNCIL 215 Talbot St. East, Leamington. N8H 3X5 519-326-8629 ext. 381 Various opportunities helping youth, seniors, newcomers & with special events. Time commitments are flexible to your schedule. Helping people. Improving lives.

THE HOSPICE OF WINDSOR ESSEX COUNTY 6038 Empress St. Windsor ON, N8T 1B5 519-974-7100 Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice. Opportunities to give back in volunteer visiting and driving.

UNEMPLOYED HELP CENTRE OF WINDSOR INC 6955 Cantelon Dr, Windsor, ON, N8T 3J9 519-944-4900

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.

We serve a diverse population, offering a variety of programs and services at both our Windsor and Belle River locations. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the unemployed in Windsor & Essex County. Please visit

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION WINDSOR ESSEX 647 Ouellette Ave., Windsor Ontario, N9A 4J4 519-252-7899

UNIED WAY⁄CENTRAIDE WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY 300 Giles Blvd. E., Unit A1, Windsor, ON, N9E 4C4 (519) 258-0000

The right to learn, the power to achieve. Come make a difference! Complete a volunteer form at

Improving lives today and tomorrow by mobilizing people, resources, and the caring power of our community.

Like us on Facebook “Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration”

VICTORIAN ORDER OF NURSES (VON) 400-4520 Rhodes Dr., Windsor ON, N8W 5C2 519-254-4866 ext 6297 Volunteers are needed for our Adult Day Program, SMART Program and Meals on Wheels. Please call to learn more.

WINDSOR ESSEX CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY 1671 Riverside Drive East, Windsor ON, N8Y 5B5 519-252-1171 ext.1262 Wide variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities to share your skills and support the mandate of the organization. Call to find out Information Session dates or visit

WINDSOR ESSEX COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE 101-1361 Ouellette Ave, Windsor ON, N8X 1J6 519-253-8481 Interested volunteers can visit our website at to find out more about our agency and to complete the Volunteer Application Form.

WINDSOR ESSEX COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY 1375 Provincial Rd, Windsor, ON, N8W 5V8 519-966-5751 The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is a safe refuge offering rescue and relief for animals in need – providing compassionate care, treatment, and rehabilitation.

WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL Metropolitan Campus – 1995 Lens Ave., Windsor, ON, N8W 1L9 519-254-5577, ext. 52343 Ouellette Campus – 1030 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, ON, N9A 1E1 519-254-5577, ext. 33184 Visit us at to learn about our volunteer program and support your community hospital.

WINDSOR YOUTH CENTRE 1247 Wyandotte St. E. Windsor, ON, N9A 3K6 226-674-0006 Interested volunteers can visit our website at to find out more about our agency and view available volunteer positions.

WORKFORCE WINDSOR ESSEX 880 North Service Road, Unit 201, Windsor Ontario, N8X 3J5 226-674-3220 A trusted partner in workforce and community development. To learn more please visit our website

Weava 2018  

Annual recognition publication of Windsor-Essex Association for Volunteer Administration

Weava 2018  

Annual recognition publication of Windsor-Essex Association for Volunteer Administration