‘Volunteers are the key to YMCA success’

‘We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give’. Winston Churchill

April 15-21, 2012 is National Volunteer Week in Canada.  As we begin the week,  YMCA Calgary’s Vice President of Human Resources, Joan Fanstone, explains how volunteering is key to the success of YMCA Calgary.

Joan explained: “We recognise that YMCA Calgary volunteers give willingly of their time and talents and that without their support, we would struggle to provide the programs that we do. Our volunteers work alongside staff members and we see them just as committed to the Y. It is important to recognise and thank them for their work. YMCA Calgary has 989 volunteers, aged 14 and up, and at any one time, the same amount of paid staff members. Volunteers are valued just as much as our staff.”

As National Volunteer Week recognises the work of countless Canadian volunteers across the country, YMCA Calgary will be giving their volunteers a small token of their thanks in the shape of an appreciation gift. And with over 900 volunteers putting in a minimum of an hour and half each week, that’s a lot of hours to appreciate!

The Y welcomes volunteers as individuals who channel their talents as well as families who want to give their time together and corporate organizations who want to make an impact on the community they serve.  Joan added corporate and family volunteering are opportunities the Y is hoping to grow in the coming months.

If you are interested in volunteering for YMCA Calgary, click here to find out the current opportunities.

If you want to find out more about volunteering in Calgary, click here to go to the Volunteer Calgary website.