Each year, Canada celebrates Volunteer Week in April to highlight the contributions of volunteers in organizations like non-profits, charities, and community-owned small businesses. This year, April 24-30 has been designated as National Volunteer Week under the theme “Volunteering Is Empathy In Action.”
In this blog, our focus is on Starlyn B. and the organization she volunteers with, the Abbotsford Food Bank.
Abbotsford Food Bank was formally established in 1983 and has been feeding hundreds of mouths each month since its inception. As an organization that only receives 2% in government funding, the Abbotsford Food Bank relies on its volunteers to drive change and fulfill its mission of nurturing families and cultivating the community by providing access to healthy, supplemental food and other supportive programs.
The Abbotsford Food Bank is more than just a food distribution centre. A variety of other services are offered there, including:
Volunteers play an integral part in making these and other programs a success.
Starlyn B. is one of the volunteers who have been contributing to the success of the Abbotsford Food Bank and its programs over the years.
Starlyn is an admissions coordinator at Vancouver Career College’s Abbotsford campus and has been volunteering with the local food bank for many years now. Her passion for the cause is shared by her daughter, and the duo often spend their free time helping the organization. Every month, they go and sort food for those coming to pick up packages from the Food Bank.
Starlyn also recruits friends and families from her dance studio to come and help.
Do Starlyn and her daughter inspire you to become a volunteer? They are a part of a big community at Vancouver Career College that believes in community empowerment through volunteering. Many organizations across Canada could use your help and skills to contribute to a good cause. It is never too late to start volunteering! Get involved today.