FCSS Lloydminster will celebrate National Volunteer Week and recognize community volunteers
Lloydminster, AB/Sask. – National Volunteer Week 2022 runs from April 24-30 and the City’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) department would like to recognize the many contributions of local volunteers by providing them with a gift and breakfast of appreciation.
To help recognize those who give their time and effort to the community, FCSS Lloydminster encourages residents to nominate someone they know who volunteers. If individual volunteers once a week or once a year, FCSS Lloydminster wants to know. Nominees will receive a Tim Hortons gift card and personalized thank you card while supplies last. To nominate a community volunteer, visit Lloydminster.ca/volunteer.
To commemorate the power of community volunteers, FCSS Lloydminster is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast at the Legacy Center (5101 46 Street) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Space is limited and pre-registration for the entry is required. Volunteers can apply for a free ticket through their Lloydminster registered organization or business. Organizations are asked to email [email protected] or call 780-875-6184
Ext. 2919 to order tickets.
Each year, the third or fourth week of April is dedicated to recognizing and thanking volunteers from across Canada for the time and energy they devote to their respective communities. Learn more about National Volunteer Week.
“Lloydminster is full of skilled workers and professionals who look forward to their next opportunity to support large and small community events or lend a helping hand to those in need. Many also spend multi-year terms on the boards of many organizations and social groups in our community that they are passionate about. This kind of generosity is something our community should be proud of, as volunteerism is woven into the fabric of Lloydminster’s identity.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers, City of Lloydminster
“Volunteers contribute thousands of hours to the workforce every year, and some organizations depend on volunteers. Whether it’s raising money for a local arts program or serving food and drink to those who deserve a hot, fresh meal, volunteers play an important and impactful role in the community and the community. Lloydminster area. If you know someone who gives even a few minutes to help others, be sure to express your gratitude throughout and beyond National Volunteer Week.
Patrick Lancaster, Manager, Social Programs and Services, City of Lloydminster
- Totaling 6,460 volunteer hours, 339 Lloydminster residents volunteered for Lloydminster’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) programs in 2021.
- In 2018, more than 24 million people volunteered, representing 79% of Canadians aged 15 and over. Volunteers devoted approximately 5 billion hours to their volunteer activities, a number of hours equivalent to more than 2.5 million full-time, full-year jobs. (Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, Giving, volunteering and participating, 2018)
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Sign up today for a Volunteer Connector account at Lloydminster.ca/Volunteering. Organizations looking for volunteers can also create an account and access free features, including recruiting and managing volunteers.
Additional information about FCSS Lloydminster and department offerings can be found at Lloydminster.ca/FCSS.
The Government of Canada (Department of War Services) first proclaimed National Volunteer Week in 1948 to recognize women’s contribution to the war effort on the home front. That year, Women’s Voluntary Services organized special events in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. In the following years, little was done to recognize National Volunteer Week until the late 1960s, when the idea of a designated week to honor volunteers was revived. With local volunteer centers in the lead, the week grew in importance during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, the third week of April was proclaimed National Volunteer Week in communities across the country. .