Volunteers Make a Difference
during National Volunteer Week, we have a golden opportunity to show our
appreciation to volunteers for their commitment and service. Thousands of
dedicated individuals across Ontario give freely of their time and energy
to community organizations.
Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada's leading
grantmaking foundations, I feel strongly about the importance of
volunteers. The Foundation's Board of Directors and our 16 Grant Review
Teams - more than 330 people in total - show remarkable dedication to
serving their communities across the province.
Whether we realize it or not, we all benefit from the important
work they do in a wide range of organizations. Their involvement in their
communities helps to change lives.
time is unpaid time, and that makes it especially valuable. I wish to
recognize the OTF Grant Review Team in Toronto for their unflagging
commitment, under the energetic leadership of Grant Review Team Chair
many volunteers giving their time and talents to their community. Last
year, in the Toronto area alone, close to 15,500 volunteers contributed
more than half a million hours of their time to support organizations that
received funding from our Foundation. If we translate their efforts into
monetary value, it comes to almost $ 8.6 million of giving!
All of us
are touched and enriched by these efforts, whether we volunteer ourselves
or benefit in some way from the volunteer work of others. So take a moment
during National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16, to thank volunteers for
generously donating their time, talents and passion to countless causes
across the province. Thanks to their commitment, our communities and our
province are better places to live. Find
out more at www.trilliumfoundation.org
Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation