Volunteer Spotlight on Eric Lamothe

Volunteer Spotlight on Eric Lamothe

National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15-21, is a time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all that they do. This year’s theme is to celebrate the value of volunteering- building confidence, competence, connections and community.

We asked Eric to tell us what his "aha" moment about United Way was, this is what he said:

“As an employee at United Way, one of my first tours was of a Niagara Nutrition Partners program at Ferndale Elementary School.  I went to Ferndale from JK to grade 8 and I had no idea that this type of program was being offered at the school or that there were so many kids going hungry right where I grew up.  That day was transformative for me because the need in our community was no longer just words on paper;  these were kids who could have been my classmates and I wanted to do all I could to help them.”

We miss Eric at United Way but we are lucky to still get him as a volunteer in his new workplace campaign!  

“In 2013, Canadian volunteers gave nearly two billion hours to their communities, fundraising, organizing events, sitting on committees and boards, teaching, coaching, counseling and more. Their efforts are the equivalent of nearly one million full-time jobs,” says Volunteer Canada.

We appreciate everything that you do Eric, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!