Volunteers a key part of making Haldimand County a vibrant, caring community

April 24-30 is National Volunteer Week and an ideal time to celebrate Haldimand County’s dedicated volunteers for their substantial contributions to the quality of life of its communities. It’s also a great time for anyone who is looking to give back to their community to get involved close to home.

“Haldimand County has always benefitted from a strong volunteer base with residents, service clubs and other community organizations giving their time and talents to taking care of community assets as well as organizing programming, sports, festivals and events and more,” says Katrina Schmitz, Manager – Community Development & Partnerships.

“During the pandemic, many of these facilities, activities and programs had to be suspended and volunteers were lost to other commitments and life changes. We’d like to do what we can to support volunteers—both former and new ones—to re-engage with those opportunities.”

To help connect prospective volunteers and organizations, Haldimand County will soon be introducing a volunteer portal where community-minded individuals can reach out to be partnered with volunteer groups that needs their skills and time. Interested participants can email cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca for more information.

“Residents and users may not realize how many volunteers and groups work together throughout the county to operate everything from community halls, parks and sports fields as well as beautifying our communities and building recreational and cultural amenities,” adds Senior Community Partnership Liaison Sheryl Sawyer. “Many of these groups have seen a decline in their volunteer base and are eager to recruit new members. Any commitment of time can help and there are a wide variety of ways to get involved.”

To find out more about volunteer opportunities in Haldimand County, contact cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-318-5932 x 6320.

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