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National Volunteer Week | April 7-13, 2019
Kitchener Public Library is thrilled to celebrate National Volunteer Week in April! As we recognize the collective efforts of volunteers, we reflect on the multitude of actions taken locally to help people, communities and neighbourhoods become better prepared to respond to the unexpected, and better positioned for a more sustainable future.
We see it every day! Volunteers helping young students to read, lifting their self-esteem and increasing their success in school. Volunteers visiting people, lifting their spirits and keeping them connected to the library. Volunteers tutoring adults on how use technology, helping others improve their digital literacy skills and promoting life-long learning. What is behind this? It's the Volunteer Factor.
Volunteering can also give volunteers a lift. When we volunteer, our spirits are lifted when we have the opportunity to work with others. Our sense of purpose is lifted when we see how our efforts have helped someone else. Our confidence lifts when we gain skills and experience through volunteering, helping us get into a competitive school program or successfully find a job. What lifts your chances to achieve your goals? It's the Volunteer Factor.
The beautiful image of the hot air balloons of different sizes, shapes and colours reflects the diversity of community volunteers. It illustrates that when people volunteer together, the sky is the limit, in terms of what they can achieve.
From all of us at Kitchener Public Library, we wish you a happy National Volunteer Week!