Dec. 5 is International Volunteer Day and the Hope and Area Volunteer Program (HAVP) is mobilizing the community to spread joy. International Volunteer Day, founded by United Nations in 1985, is a day to shine light on volunteer impact across the world.
The program is hosting its third annual Card Making event, Dec. 5, where community members will learn to make Christmas cards and bring joy to isolated community members by delivering cards to senior’s homes, non-profits, businesses, and neighbors.
“This year is a bit different because we’re allowing more time for card making and socializing. In past years we’ve had a Momentum Works workshop before the card making, and this year the workshop will be on a separate date,” said Lisa Sehn, Community Volunteer Coordinator. “We recognize the value of community members coming together to have fun, socialize and give back to isolated community members, so we are making more time for card making.”
International Volunteer Day is a fun way to build community and reduce isolation by making connections and cultivating friendships. All are welcome to participate and community groups are encouraged to invite their volunteers and members to attend.
The card making will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists will guide card making stations, sharing their gifts by teaching participants to make a variety of Christmas cards. Card stations are varied for all skill levels, including children.
Delivery will take place throughout the day. Once cards are made, participants select from a list of community locations to deliver their creations to. Participants unable to deliver cards can leave them at a designated station for others to deliver.
There are other ways to get involved. You can donate card making supplies, help with setting up and taking down, delivering cards, and by spreading the word among friends.
The event is being held in the gym of the Grace Baptist Church, at 949 3rd Ave.
Hope and Area Volunteer Program, funded by Fraser Health, is new in Fraser Cascade Region and seeks to reduce isolation, and increase health outcomes by coordinating, supporting, and promoting volunteerism. For more information about volunteering, contact HAVP’s Community Volunteer Coordinator at 604-206-8013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.