Volunteer Society thanks the community on International Volunteer Day



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December 5th is International Volunteer Day and another opportunity the Volunteer Airdrie Society takes to thank its volunteer base and contributors for the work they do across the community.

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Volunteer Airdrie takes the time to commemorate Airdrie’s volunteers each year during National Volunteer Week in April, and while the group isn’t planning anything for December 5, Dave Maffitt, Chairman of the Board, said there are many heartwarming stories of how local volunteers have made a difference in the lives of others.

Using software called Better Impact, volunteers register on Volunteerairdrie.ca to be connected to opportunities. Through this database, the organization has connected countless generous Airdrians to various initiatives and causes.

Volunteers even offer their services on an individual level, Maffitt said.

“This allowed us to send an email if we have an urgent help request. We have so many stories about situations, ”Maffitt said.

A severe snowstorm on December 23, 2020 left many physically limited people stranded, until Airdrians volunteered to save the day.

“There were so many disabled and elderly people who had no family support and didn’t know their neighbors. They have no one to turn to, ”Maffitt said.

“We got calls from a few saying they were trapped… and they needed to be able to get their cars out of the garage to make their medical appointments. All I had to do was email the people in our Better Impact database, and literally within 10 minutes, I had several volunteers come forward to volunteer, ”he said. declared.

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“In less than two hours, we had people there who had actually finished shoveling the snow. It’s really satisfying to see how much the Airdrie community has grown stronger when we put out these appeals for help.

The company was recognized this year for its Youth Volunteer Corps program. The program is based in Kansas City, United States, and Airdrie is one of three Canadian organizations participating in it.

“We have over 100 young people registered and, in our first year, we received the New Affiliate of the Year award from the Kansas City head office,” Maffitt said.

“This year, we received the Project in Person of the Year award. We partnered with the Airdrie Food Bank and Crossfield Baptist Church in what they called the “Garden of Hope”.

The initiative resulted in about a ton of veg for the food bank in 2021. Kansas City also awarded Volunteer Airdrie Gold Tier status, which is only awarded to organizations that pass a rigorous assessment.

“We were able to reach the gold level in just two years. We have an amazing staff… who support our youth in the planning and execution of these community projects, ”said Maffitt.

In the spirit of International Volunteer Day, Maffitt thanked everyone who volunteered to help others in the community.

“Over the past year, I have been amazed at how volunteers in the Airdrie community have stepped up in times of need. Their compassion for other people… who are more disadvantaged has been incredible, and it’s so heartwarming to see how they impacted the quality of life of others, ”he said.

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“I am very grateful and hope to be able to thank each of them in person one day. “

He thanked the board of directors of the Volunteer Society.

“It’s an amazing group of 11 people, and we have working committees that have volunteers from the community who help us move our strategic plan forward,” Maffitt said.

“We couldn’t do it without them. We don’t have a lot of funding so we have had great success over the past 7 years with the hands-on work done by our board and committees.

The Volunteer Airdrie Society is always on the lookout for people who are willing to lend a hand. Information on the various volunteer programs and opportunities is available online at Volunteerairdrie.ca.

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