Volunteer Spotlight on Lorne Gretsinger
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 Lorne to tell us what his “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what he said:
“I was invited to participate in a Community Investment Panel on a year when we needed to cut funding. There were 4-5 panels each interviewing/reviewing 9-10 programs. Each agency was amazingly connected to the community and in need. It was one of the hardest decisions to make. So the only real decision was to commit to ensuring that our campaigns exceeded their goals each year. “
Many people who volunteer say that they get more than they give. Their acts of kindness, no matter how big or small can often change their perspective and outlook on life. According to Volunteer Canada, “Volunteering is 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.
We appreciate everything that you do Lorne (and Jane!), and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!