Volunteer Spotlight on Lisa Pepperall
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 Lisa to tell us what her “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what she said:
"I will never forget the first United Way Kick-Off Breakfast that I attended three years ago. I was brought to tears hearing an emotional story from a mother of three children, who was forever grateful for the support of the United Way. Through United Way funding, her children were given the opportunity to attend Summer Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – a United Way funded program. I was also moved by the number of community members that come together every year to make a difference and spread compassion throughout our community. At that moment, I knew this was something I had to be a part of. Since then, I have had the pleasure of co-leading Niagara Health’s workplace campaign and recently joined as a member of United Way’s Community Investment Panel. "
United Way is grateful to have more than 500 workplace and event volunteers who are eager to help throughout the year.
“In 2013, Canadian volunteers gave nearly two billion hours to their communities, fundraising, organizing events, sitting on committees and boards, teaching, coaching, counselling and more. Their efforts are the equivalent of nearly one million full-time jobs,” says Volunteer Canada.
We appreciate everything that you do Lisa, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!