National Volunteer Week

The Value of One, The Power of Many

April 18-24, 2021

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose. This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.  We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together.  

#VolunteersBringChange in many ways so what does the “The Value of One, The Power of Many” mean to you?”

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate, recognize and thank volunteers, and to create awareness for the important work millions do 
across Canada!

VOLUNTEER MARKHAM’S FIRST EVER

Goodbye Winter Online Auction Has Ended and was a Huge Success!

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS AND BIDDERS!

Volunteer Markham’s Goodbye Winter Auction is now over.  Warm wishes and great appreciation to everyone who supported us in this event.  With your support we successfully surpassed our goal and made many new friends. 

Reach out, stay connected and let’s continue to build our communities together.

 

Services

    • Interior design consultation
    • Arts courses for kids and adults
    • Income tax personal return preparation
    • Technology/computer networking/telecom related consultations
    • LinkedIn tips and advice
    • Financial Plan / Estate Plan Review
    • Graphic design consultation

Education and Career Planning

    • Resume and cover letter preparation
    • Tutoring
    • Career and Education Planning
  • Art
    •  Photographs
    • Artwork
    • Cartoon style computer caricature
  • Sports

    • Kayaking experience
    • Paddling Experience (SUP, OC1, OC2)
    • Gym membership
    • Tennis membership
    • Yoga classes on Zoom
    • Personal Trainer

Clothing

    • Heated gloves
    • Lap quilt
    • Hair accessories
    • Hand knit baby blankets 
  • Food and spirits
    • Wine
    • Pet food
    • Dental basket
    • Hemp superfoods
    • Beer

Dental

    • Orthodontic procedures ($2,500 off)
    • Dental whitening
    • Electric toothbrush
    • Dental care pack
  • Gift cards
    • Canadian Tire
    • Apple iTunes
    • Keg Restaurants
    • Amazon
    • TLC Pet Food
    • Walmart

Other

    • Lego sets
    • Jewellery
    • Crystal Wine Glasses

PINK CARS -Volunteers needed to ensure seniors get vaccinated!

PinkCars

Volunteer Markham and PinkCars.ca are working together to  provide seniors with assistance booking their vaccination appointments and transportation.  Through the passion of volunteers and a desire to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are protected quickly, PinkCars was launched.  Together we will ensure that we are able to provide as much assistance as possible to seniors that are in need of support. 

We need YOU!  For more information or to sign up as a driver visit:

Pinkcars.ca or sign up as a Volunteer Driver here

Read our story here in the Markham Review

Volunteer Centres – An Untapped Resource OPEN LETTER

On Labour Day, September 7th, Volunteer Markham joined Volunteer Centres across Canada in publishing a co-authored open letter to advocate for the essential and critical role of volunteers and the systems that enable them.

It is a critical time now to to be aware of the services and supports your Volunteer Centre provides. Every single Canadian benefits from the contribution of volunteers. Together we will recover.

Click here to read the letter.

COVID 19 – HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN HELP!

In today’s unprecedented environment, with the world in a State of Emergency, there are always communities and individuals ready and willing to help. In a pandemic, this becomes even more challenging when we cannot physically get together. Communities, organizations and individuals are all responsible to be diligent at Social Distancing. This is taking ACTION! This is making a difference!

There are new and emerging ways that individuals can contribute and an increasing need for support now, and in the near future, to ensure the health of our communities, charities and non-profits. As many organizations work through how to protect their communities safely and responsibly, we all need to remain patient and understanding. There are numerous resources available at Volunteer Canada https://volunteer.ca for both organizations and volunteers.

Volunteer Markham is here to help connect you to needed support! Please review the following list of ways to make a difference locally!

SCOUTS CANADA is still scouting and currently recruiting for Group Leaders! Please review their website at https://www.scouts.ca/volunteer/overview.html and/or email daisy.gao@scouts.ca for more information on how to volunteer.

Markham Cares Food Drive: Donate food items at any Markham Fire Station or at Longos, No Frills, Fresh Co, Whole Food Market. For more information click on https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home

Canada Sews – York Region:  This wonderful community initiative in Markham has grown to support all of York Region.  On April 21, 2020 8,000 ladies and gents across Canada have sewn more than 20,000 face masks, headbands, scrub caps and scrub bags for frontline workers, shelters, seniors and First Nations communities.  Volunteers are sewing, delivering, donating materials and helping to administer to help our community stay as safe as possible.  If you would like to help or are a frontline worker in need of any of these items please email canadasews.markham@gmail.com .  For more information click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadasewsmarkham/

CHATS: We know seniors are experiencing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but CHATS is here to help. CHATS have adapted some of their existing supports and have come up with some new ways to help. Urgently needs Personal Protective Equipment. Call 905-713-6596 to learn more about Telephone Socials, Telephone Security Checks and Visits, Meals on Wheels, Supports for Caregivers and how you can help. Please consider donating to CHATS. CHATS is in urgent need for Personal Protection Equipment for their front line workers. http://www.chats.on.ca

KIDS Help Phone needs you!  You can practice social distancing and still ensure that you are helping kids when kids need someone.  For three decades, young people have been reaching out to Kids Help Phone for the support they need.  In 2018, in partnership with Crisis Text Line, Kids Help Phone launched the first ever 24/7, free, nationwide texting service. Through Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, young people can chat confidentially with trained, volunteer Crisis Responders.  Learn how to volunteer and/or support Kids Help Phone now at https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-involved/participate/call-volunteers-crisis-text-line/ 

Markham Stouffville Hospital: Urgently needs Personal Protective Equipment . Click https://www.helpmsh.ca/ for more information (including how to create or support an online fundraiser).

Mon Sheong Foundation: Urgently needs Personal Protective Equipment (Level 2 Masks, masks with face shields, washable gowns, disposable gowns). Visit http://www.monsheong.org for various ways of giving or email samanthaho@monsheong.org.

Nanny Angel Network: Volunteers Needed. Volunteer support has been moved to a virtual opportunity to help mothers with cancer and their children. Email:
volunteer@nannyangelnetwork.com to learn more or to help.

Participation House “Making life better for people with disabilities”: Volunteers are needed to do grocery shopping for essential items. They have 4 locations in Markham for drop off  https://participationhouse.net/   Please email prerna.mehta@participationhouse.net

Yellow Brick House: Emergency Shelter is remaining operational as an essential service. Please visit https://www.yellowbrickhouse.org/ and review their “Wish List”. All donated items must be new.

Please remember, there are many ways to give!

You can donate financially to a charity of choice at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/

You can donate blood. Learn more at http://www.blood.ca

You can write letters or draw pictures for seniors or health care workers! Once completed you could snap a picture and email it to mirja.raita@volunteermarkham.ca

Currently, there is an emerging request for sewers to create “at home” face masks (not to be substituted for the PPE requirements for front line workers) for individual use. For more information on how to make these masks or where you can donate them please contact mirja.raita@volunteermarkham.ca

You NEED to stay safe, stay informed and stay connected!

Together we will get through this!

Volunteer Markham -COVID-19 Prevention Measures

Due to recent outbreak of COVID-19, Volunteer Markham is encouraging all our volunteers, staff and community to take the necessary steps to stay safe during these unpredictable times. Similar to the many organizations in Markham, we are weighing our options on a day-to-day basis. At this time, Volunteer Markham is here to help you virtually, so please do continue to connect with us!

To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and our community, we ask that you please take the following steps based on Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines;

  1. Practise social distancing and stay home! If you need to go out please limit the time and frequency and ensure to stay safe. Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. If you are required to leave home please maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others.

2. Ensure hand washing stations are available and accessible. Encourage staff, volunteers and visitors to thoroughly and regularly wash their hands and keep hands away from their face. Wipe, clean, disinfect as many surfaces that you come into contact with as possible (including door knobs, gas pumps, shopping carts, handles, etc.)

3. We ask our volunteer organizations that you remind volunteers  of the most effective ways to stay healthy. talking to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible. We all have an individual responsibility to keep ourselves and our families safe.

4. We ask that you post signage and advise volunteers who are ill to stay home and/or postpone their volunteer tasks/shifts. Encourage and support individuals in making their own personal choices and stay connected.

5. Please post signage and advise volunteers who have travelled to affected areas or those that have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days to postpone their activities and self-quarantine and/or attend an “Assessment Centre”.

Thank-you to our volunteers and our community for your cooperation and patience during these times. Should you have any further questions, please contact us. Stay informed and stay connected. We will make it through together.

Resources



Volunteers Needed: What’s New!

Are you looking to make a difference, an impact, a positive change in your community? Support local organizations by volunteering your time and skills. Simply look at all the volunteer opportunities available currently on our database or click on “What’s New” for recent opportunities. To learn about the following new volunteer opportunities listed just click on the links. Don’t forget to create a profile and we will update you directly!

https://infomarkham.cioc.ca/volunteer/record/V-MKM0800?Number=2

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for a Ceremonies Lead for their Relay For Life. There is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful event in your community that celebrates those who have lived, are living, and moving past cancer. The experience of cheering on survivors, walking the track, and joining in a range of trackside activities at Relay For Life (RFL) creates an unforgettable evening! 
As a Ceremonies Lead, you are creative, innovative, and comfortable with public speaking. You will design and deliver significant messaging for the four ceremonies that will take place during the RFL event. Your experience with event management and your attention to detail will have a significant impact on the tone of the night and be critical in creating a sense of community. 
You will be part of a committee that meets regularly over the year, with increasing commitments as the event approaches. Each committee member will have their own portfolio but will share a passion for the mission: to provide the opportunity for those affected by cancer to come together and draw support while raising funds for critical, life-saving cancer research and programs.


https://infomarkham.cioc.ca/volunteer/record/V-MKM0653?Number=3

The Cyrus Foundation and Community Centre is looking for a Social Media and Web Manager. Do you have experience and skills in Website Management and E-commerce? The Social Media and Web Manager will be responsible to develop, maintain, and update the organization website and social media avenues, including production of web content, in a manner that is appealing to targeted audience, developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic and encouraging product adoption.  

Giving Tuesday (and every day)

GIVING TUESDAY IS TOMORROW! Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday to celebrate the season of GIVING!

Join the many Canadians and turn Tuesday into one that could mean so much for another! Donate your time, items you no longer need, money and/or your experience to someone who would really appreciate that you did.

Let Volunteer Markham help you or donate to us to help us help others!

To find a volunteer opportunity just click here:

To donate now just click

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/information-markham/#donate-now-pane


If you are a non profit organization in Markham and need volunteers please click here and let us help you!