Read Right Society celebrates Hope’s volunteers

April 7 - 13 is Volunteer Appreciation Week

While the first day of April may be about fools, the second week of the month is about celebrating those who give to their community freely as volunteers: April 7-13, 2019 is National Volunteer Week.

To honour local volunteers, the Hope and Area Volunteer Program (HAVP) invites community volunteers to a Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 9 that will uplift spirits with a free workshop and activity that will be followed by delicious coffee and cake.

“We are hosting this event to show appreciation to Hope’s terrific volunteers, who spend countless hours lifting our community. It’s a chance for us to recognize and lift spirits of community volunteers who truly are the heartbeat of Hope,” said Lisa Sehn, community volunteer co-ordinator with the Read Right Society.

“The event is also a great way for volunteers from different organizations or groups to meet each other and build camaraderie.”

As we recognize collective efforts of volunteers, we reflect on the multitude of actions taken locally to help people, communities and neighbourhoods become better prepared to respond to the unexpected, and better positioned for a more sustainable future.

We see it everyday: volunteers leading neighbourhood activities, lifting collective confidence to solve common issues; volunteers tutoring people to read, lifting their self-esteem and increasing their success in school; volunteers visiting people, lifting their spirits and keeping them connected; volunteers coaching sports teams, lifting community pride and creating lifelong bonds.

If you are a volunteer or are interested in volunteering, join HAVP Tuesday, April 9, 2019 so they can celebrate you.

Workshop & Activity: Michelle Richardson, Life Coach -1 to 2 p.m.; Cake, coffee, tea and door prizes – 2 to 4 p.m.

Location: Read Right Society – Unit D, 895 3rd Ave.

Hope and Area Volunteer Program is a community program funded by Fraser Health. Its mandate is connecting individuals with local volunteer opportunities. For more information about the April 9 volunteer appreciation event, or volunteering, contact Lisa Sehn at 604-206-8013.


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