United Way Winnipeg celebrates volunteers for #NVW2018

United Way Winnipeg recognizes volunteers during National Volunteer Week with a new display in our atrium.

To mark National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, we have unveiled a new display of 12 double-sided hanging images of some of our wonderful volunteers.

Ira Lester has volunteered at a variety of non-profit organizations for 20 years.

Ira Lester has volunteered at a variety of non-profit organizations for 20 years.

“We are all part of our community, and it’s just right to be involved,” said Ira Lester, one of the volunteers pictured.

United Way—along with the almost 100 United Way agency partners your donations support—couldn’t function without volunteers. They lend critical people-power, community-based ideas to tackle tough social issues, and professional expertise.

Marilyn Robinson, left, and Jane Helbrecht both volunteer for United Way Winnipeg.

Marilyn Robinson, left, and Jane Helbrecht both volunteer for United Way Winnipeg.

Volunteers are essential to non-profit organizations like United Way Winnipeg to enable us to efficiently and effectively steward the gifts from generous donors supporting their community.

United Way Winnipeg is lucky to have so many people willing to give their time and talents. These people are not just performing invaluable acts of volunteerism at our agency partners, they also serve on our volunteer Board of Trustees, our Campaign Cabinet, and numerous committees that are critical to ensure United Way is always functioning in the best interest of our community.

Volunteer oversight not only guides our financial transparency, it directs the investments we make in the community. Volunteers help build the capacity of our agency partners to do better work in the community. And volunteers allow us to achieve very cost-effective fundraising.

La-Toya Gibbons, left, and Debra Akister. La-Toya speaks of volunteering making a difference not only in the lives of others, but discovering that we are also changed by it.

La-Toya Gibbons, left, and Debra Akister. La-Toya speaks of volunteering making a difference not only in the lives of others, but discovering that we are also changed by it.

During National Volunteer Week use the hashtag #NVW2018 to share your stories about your volunteerism of the value of volunteers to your agency or community!

The Knifty Knitters knitting group volunteers to make warm mitts, hats and scarves for United Way Winnipeg's Koats for Kids program.

The Knifty Knitters knitting group volunteers to make warm mitts, hats and scarves for United Way Winnipeg’s Koats for Kids program.

The #NVW2018 website pays tribute to the local love of 1.2 million volunteers throughout Canada! This year’s theme of “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community” is indeed something to celebrate!

Dee Buchwald, left, volunteers on United Way Winnipeg's Community Leaders Committee. United Way Winnipeg's Community Investment Committee, right, stewards United Way donor dollars to ensure the greatest impact in our community.

Dee Buchwald, left, volunteers on United Way Winnipeg’s Community Leaders Committee. United Way Winnipeg’s Community Investment Committee, right, stewards United Way donor dollars to ensure the greatest impact in our community.

Everyone is invited to United Way Winnipeg’s building, 580 Main Street, to view the new atrium display during regular business hours, Monday to Friday.

And for more information about volunteer opportunities, check out United Way Winnipeg’s donor-supported agency partners, most of which seek volunteers, or visit Volunteer Manitoba.

Volunteers from Cambrian Credit Union, left, and Great-West Life performing a United Way Winnipeg Day of Caring volunteer opportunity.

Volunteers from Cambrian Credit Union, left, and Great-West Life performing a United Way Winnipeg Day of Caring volunteer opportunity.

Groups of workplace employees can also make a difference in our community by taking part in meaningful, hands-on volunteer projects with local community organizations through a United Way Winnipeg Day of Caring.

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