Dec. 5 is International Volunteer Day and the Hope and Area Volunteer Program is mobilizing the community to spread joy.
The day was founded by the United Nations in 1985, and was dedicated as a day to celebrate volunteers and their impact around the world.
On Dec. 5 all residents of Hope are invited to volunteer for the day and learn to make Christmas cards and snowflakes to give away to senior’s homes, non-profit organizations, businesses and neighbors.
“The idea is to get people out, socializing and doing something fun together that encourages others. Many people don’t have time to volunteer regularly, but can make it out for one day to make a difference and brighten someone else’s day” said Alex Dagnino, one of the event organizers.
“Making and giving cards away is a beautiful way to reach home-bound individuals or others who may be alone during the holiday season.”
She said that International Volunteer Day is a fun way to build community and reduce isolation by making connections and cultivating friendships.
The event kicks off with a rejuvenating workshop for Hope’s volunteers, and community groups are encouraged to invite their volunteers to attend.
The Workshop takes place at the Grace Baptist Church Gym (949 3rd Ave.) between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and is presented by Momentum Works Life Coach, Michelle Richardson.
The card/snowflake making follows between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers from the Art Machine’s paper card making class will guide card making stations, sharing their gifts by teaching participants to make a variety of cards.
Card stations and a three-dimensional snowflake station are varied for all skill levels, including children.
Once cards and snowflakes are made, participants can select from a list of community locations to which to deliver their creations. Participants unable to deliver cards can leave them at a designated station for others to deliver.
The Hope and Area Volunteer Program is funded by Fraser Health and is a new initiative in the Fraser Cascade Region. The program seeks to reduce isolation, and increase health outcomes by coordinating, supporting and promoting volunteerism.
Local volunteer opportunities are found online at Volinspire.com, or by contacting Read Right Society.