Every year, LDAWE likes to take a moment to thank our volunteers. What better time to do that, than National Volunteer Week?
LDAWE is fortunate to have amazing volunteers. We typically have between 50-60 volunteers on an annual basis who dedicate their time to improving the lives of people living with learning disabilities or ADHD. The people who volunteer for us include parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD, youth or adults with disabilities, our current staff members, post-secondary students entering the fields of psychology or special education, and professionals such as educators, registered psychologists, etc…
The types of activities are volunteers participate in include:
- being a member of our Board and various Committees (including the Special Education Advisory Committees for the local school boards and the Pay Attention and Learn Task Force);
- providing administrative support;
- developing program content or assisting with the facilitation of programs;
- conducting low cost psychological assessments for our clients;
- providing general maintenance services;
- assisting at our various fundraising events, public awareness events, workshops, and conferences; and
- sharing their thoughts and expertise on this blog!
Our volunteers often share with our staff members how rewarding it is to volunteer for LDAWE. One of our volunteers, Kayla Belanger, was recently featured in a special insert to the Windsor Star about her volunteer experience. In part, Kayla states:
“Originally, volunteering was simply a way to gain more experience for my future career, but it soon became much more. I love to see the students’ progress. I have the opportunity to see students form social relationships with their peers that they often do not have the ability to do in the regular classroom.”
This year, in order to recognize the contribution our volunteers make to the organization, we are hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Each of our volunteers are offered a complimentary ticket to the event as our way of saying thank you. The general public is also welcome to attend this event. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child (10 years of age and younger). There are still a limited number of seats available, please click here for details.
If you are interested in volunteering for LDAWE, please go to our website and complete the Volunteer Application Form.
This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada. LDAWE would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for all of the wonderful work they do for people with learning disabilities and ADHD in the Windsor – Essex community throughout the year.
During 2013, LDAWE had 74 volunteers who contributed over 1400 hours of volunteer time to the Association. This doesn’t even include the students who complete their internships and placements with us throughout the year. Volunteers completed a wide variety of tasks, such as:
- Being a member of our Board of Directors, the Pay Attention & Learn Task Force, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and other committees;
- Administrative duties (such as faxing, filing, photocopying, typing, etc…);
- Assisting with programs (such as being a program assistant or tutor, developing program curriculum, etc…);
- Overseeing students who are completing psychological assessments;
- Assisting with events (such as workshops, conferences, and fundraising events);
- Performing general maintenance and repairs around the office; and
- Writing a blog post for LDAWE’s blog.
Last week, LDAWE held its annual Spring Fundraising Dinner & Volunteer Recognition event. Even though the event is hosted to thank our volunteers, this event could not occur without the support of some special volunteers. A special thank you to:
- Elaine Richardson and her family for coordinating the venue and meal;
- Chef McNiece and her Century Secondary School students for preparing and cooking the tasty meal;
- Howard, Jackie, Jen, Merissa, Patti, Sarah, and Taylor for serving the meal;
- Nick (our marketing intern) for coordinating the door prizes and raffle items, marketing the event, and calling our volunteers to offer complimentary tickets,
- Donny and Shelley for presenting cheques to this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipients;
- Jonathan for his opening address;
- Matt and Shelley for selling raffle tickets;
- Deb for being the “official” event photographer; and
- To the countless others who helped with setup and takedown of the event.
In anticipation of National Volunteer Week, the Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA), put a special insert into the Windsor Star to promote volunteerism in Windsor – Essex. One of our volunteers, Ron Paré, was featured in the insert. Please read his story in the picture below.
So once again, on behalf of the clients of LDAWE, we would like to thank all of our countless volunteers. We certainly appreciate everything you do for the Association and we would not be able to offer all of the programs and services we currently provide without your support.