Community warriors of all ages flocked to the New Sudbury Centre this past Saturday, eager to see the opportunities awaiting them at Volunteer Sudbury's third annual Volunteer Fair.
The fair featured 18 booths from non-profit and for-profit businesses, as well as community organizations looking to add fresh faces to their existing team of volunteers. In addition to growing awareness for these invaluable community services, the hosts of these services had the rare opportunity to engage with potential applicants.
With New Year’s resolutions still freshly written on the fridge and high school students looking to complete their volunteer hours prior to graduation, February seemed the perfect time for Volunteer Sudbury to host their annual event. “Especially in that February, winter has been going on for so long,” said Volunteer Sudbury’s Program Manager, Alanna LaHay, adding this is an opportunity to fight the "winter blues" with community engagement.
Volunteer Sudbury is a local non-profit volunteer resource centre committed to facilitating safe, positive and impactful volunteer opportunities. In addition to the resource services offered to the general public, Volunteer Sudbury hosts the Valuable Volunteer program for individuals with a disability or mental illness who may feel isolated in their community.
The importance of services such as the Valuable Volunteer program is known all too well to LaHay, who lost her own father to suicide only a few years prior to joining Volunteer Sudbury. LaHay dedicated her career to ensuring people had access to the services they needed, whether that be for their mental, physical or social well-being.
Volunteer Sudbury is always finding new and exciting opportunities for Canada newcomers, high school students, seniors and anyone else looking to bring change to their community. A full list of services can be found online, at Volunteersudbury.com.