Recognizing National Volunteer Week

This year National Volunteer Week is taking place from April 21 to 27, 2013 and provides us with the opportunity to recognize the efforts of those who give up their time to help others.

Volunteer weekIn an age where schedules are busy and time seems to pass faster than ever, it can be hard to find a spare moment even for ourselves. This is why celebrating the efforts of volunteers is so important. Volunteers who donate their time in Halton help to provide programs and services that support our communities and residents.

Did you know there are an estimated 13.3 million volunteers offering up their time across Canada? This adds up to 2.1 billion hours of gifted time.

When attending an event or seeking assistance, volunteers are often the first faces we see when we arrive and the last ones we see when we leave. Their tireless efforts serve as an invaluable resource to the initiatives they are a part of and I am proud of the attention they bring to the non-profit sector.

In Halton, volunteers are everywhere: assisting with Services for Seniors, working with the Halton Breastfeeding Connection and helping out at the Halton Regional Museum. To find out more about volunteer opportunities in Halton, please visit www.volunteerhalton.ca to find an initiative that speaks to you.

Halton Region appreciates the efforts of all volunteers and the support they provide within our communities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers across Halton, the province and our country for their community involvement and passion for helping others. Your efforts ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”