Volunteer Spotlight on Kristina Gottli

Volunteer Spotlight on Kristina Gottli

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 Kristina to tell us what her “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what she said:

"My 'aha' moment was when we (Form & Affect) were working on the Share the Way digital campaign. Specifically, finding out that 78% of Niagara’s residents who live under the poverty line are working full-time.  I remember it being a stat that nobody in the office could forget about. 

It propelled us to work harder to get the word out about the campaign, and personally sparked my interest in everything United Way related.  After that campaign ended, everything just clicked. I was asked to be on the Community Investment Panel - a position I’ve now held for 3 years!

According to Volunteer Canada, “Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience and passion to help others without expecting anything in return.” And that’s just what our volunteers do to help those in need.

Volunteering creates a social and economic value for all. Statistics Canada says that volunteering brings people together and contributes to “social cohesion” or “social capital.”  We appreciate everything that you do Kristina, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!