“We chose these programs because these are the individuals
who will be working directly with volunteers as part of their careers. It’s
important they see the value and benefits of volunteering and keep the giving
A single mom, Jago explains that volunteering has always
been an integral part of her family’s life.
“I wasn’t in a position to give money, as I could never
afford it, but I always had extra time, so volunteering was my way of starting
to give back,” says Jago. ”It also allowed me to spend time with my daughter.
It was a win-win situation, she learned some skills, got to work with adults
and she became very passionate about various causes.”
Jago also encourages other organizations to donate to the Volunteer Centre Fund.
This fund has been started at the college, to increase the amount of
scholarships that can be given to students in these programs.
“This is one way in which we can reward the students for a job well-done and
hopefully encourage others to share their time, ideas, energy and passion with
organizations that require assistance,” says Jago. “Volunteering is not only
huge for a community but as well local businesses. The more people are involved
and connected to these organizations the better their skills as well as desire
to stay and work here.”
Although the Medicine Hat Volunteer Centre is no longer able to facilitate the
match-making process between volunteers and non-profit organizations, Jago
encourage individuals interested in volunteering to consider what their passion
is and directly approach an organization that aligns with their values. That
synergy will prove beneficial for both the volunteer and the organization.
If you are interested in donating to the Volunteer Centre Fund
contact the Foundation Office. Tracy Stroud can be reached at 403.502.8997 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Jennifer Kerslake at
403.529.3897 or email@example.com.
For more information on the Foundation Office and their
ongoing projects visit www.mhc.ab.ca.
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