Volunteers are an essential part of MOSAIC’s work with immigrants and refugees – and National Volunteer Week 2022 (April 23 – 30) is the perfect time to celebrate these amazing individuals.
This year’s theme is “volunteering is empathy in action” to affirm the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy, and the impact that both empathy and volunteerism can have on building happier, more connected communities.
“MOSAIC volunteers give of themselves selflessly in so many ways year-round,” said Holly Jones, Volunteer Coordinator at MOSAIC. “Their hopes and dreams for the future of the communities they live in are made realities through their direct actions and efforts. The past two years have provided many obstacles to overcome and our volunteers have grown, stretched and adapted to answer the call.”
Thanks to more than 300 active volunteers, MOSAIC is able to offer services from friendly caller programs helping seniors overcome social isolation, to teaching digital literacy, to mentors providing one-on-one expertise and coaching from afar.
“This week, and every week, I say thank you to our volunteers for your time and efforts. And to the family members of our volunteers, I thank you for sharing your loved ones with us,” said Jones.
Misha, a volunteer with MOSAIC’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes and the Culture Connections Social Mentoring Program, adds: “It gives me a personal satisfaction when I empower someone and support them in their journey as a newcomer in Canada. Once upon a time, I was one of them!”
Find out more about volunteer opportunities at MOSAIC.