During National Volunteer Week we celebrate FST volunteers and the millions of volunteers across Canada who share their time and skills to build more vibrant and inclusive communities. This year’s theme, “Volunteering is Empathy in Action,” reflects the compassion and generosity people bring to their volunteer positions, and the empathy they develop from connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
FST volunteers exemplify “Empathy in Action.”
This year FST volunteers made weekly calls to isolated clients, did outreach to members of their communities, provided administrative support, counselled clients, provided governance, delivered workshops, provided peer support and did research. All activities were conducted virtually and were enhanced by our volunteers’ strong desire to make a difference.
Our volunteers told us that although they were supporting others, they also benefited from volunteering; they gained a better understanding of the challenges our clients and communities face and were grateful for the opportunity to do so. Many volunteers gained confidence in their skills and were able to obtain employment or advancement in their companies.
This year we are implementing a National Volunteer Week social media campaign, so check our Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook for posts.
We are humbled and inspired by our volunteers who put empathy into action!