Like so many of our selfless volunteers, Linda is inclined to highlight others as opposed to herself. We spoke to Linda about Lloyd, who was a remarkable volunteer for the Ottawa Mission.
This year, Linda and a team of our volunteers participated in The Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk in memory of Lloyd. The walk raised money for local charities that support people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Lloyd’s team raised an exceptional $18,770!
Of Lloyd, Linda remembers “He had a way of making you feel special when he spoke to you. He was a warm, humble man.”
A dedicated volunteer herself, Linda has helped prepare and serve meals alongside fellow volunteers for the better part of 15 years. Over that time, those fellow volunteers became close friends. She’s also helped out at our special community events, such as bingo night.
Linda is passionate about breaking down the stereotypes faced by those who use our services. She remarks that many of those that come through our dining hall doors have jobs but simply cannot afford to always purchase and cook their own meals at home.
She knows just how much the vulnerable in our community appreciate a helping hand. When asked about her favourite part of volunteering, she replies “The gratitude of the people we’re serving”.
Thanks to caring people like Lloyd and Linda, we’re able to be more than a shelter.
Learn more about how to volunteer at The Ottawa Mission & watch our volunteer appreciation video below!