April 22, 2013

Volunteers give more than their time

This week we honour a group of people who help The Ottawa Mission in so many ways. Those people are volunteers.

Each month, close to 250 people give the gift of their time – individuals, families and groups − not only in the kitchen, but in our clothing room, library, computer lab, medical and dental clinics, and in so many other ways.
Many volunteers come down by themselves but we also see groups coming together to share the experience of helping people in need. One such group is here this week to serve a special sit-down lunch.

For the past three years, TELUS Community Ambassadors have been coming to The Mission a few times a year to serve meals to people who are hungry and in need. They are back this week and then next month, TELUS employees will be at The Mission serving lunch for the company’s Annual Day of Giving on May 24th. TELUS also generously provides the funds to put towards food for these meals.

As TELUS Vice-President Michael Sangster says, “TELUS fosters a corporate culture that offers team members opportunities to make a positive difference in the communities where we live, work and serve.” Here at The Ottawa Mission we are thankful to be one of the beneficiaries of this wonderful philosophy.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit organization, and here at The Mission we know that we simply would not survive without them. We are privileged to have such caring, committed volunteers – we are blessed that our work and the lives of those we serve is important to so many in our community.

Thank you to TELUS – and to all of our volunteers – for all that you do.

Find out more about volunteering at The Ottawa Mission.