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National Volunteer Week - Meet John, volunteer driver

I started working at Peel CAS as a recommendation from a friend however as time has progressed volunteering as a driver has become a part of me. Days when I don’t go in, I feel something is missing.  The most rewarding element for me is seeing kids that I picked up progress in their lives. There are kids that I started to drive in elementary school. Today they have graduated and are now in University. It feels good to see their successes. When I run into them, they don't look at me as John, the volunteer driver but rather as John, the big brother.

I wish all human beings could spare some time to help others in need. Volunteering should be part of what life is about. Some people can help others by giving money which is great but you don’t need money, you just need time. I have time and enjoy sharing it to benefit others.

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The involvement of volunteers has a profound effect on the children and families served by Peel Children’s Aid.  As an integral part of our organization, volunteers provide support and encouragement through the generous contributions of their time and their talents. 

Volunteers enhance the work of staff through their support as tutors, mentors, drivers, clerical support, supervised access, distribution warehouse and Holiday Wishes event volunteers as well as in many other capacities. 

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21 and this year's theme is Celebrate the value of Volunteering.

“Our volunteers are the unsung heroes whose efforts improve the quality of life for Peel citizens,” says Carol-Ann Fox, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs. "We want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their generosity, their thoughtfulness and their compassion."

At Peel CAS, more than 150 direct service volunteers contribute countless hours and help us provide service to over 10,000 families. How Peel CAS volunteers went the distance last year:

  • Drove children over 900,000 km safely to appointments, parental visits and other outings and events
  • Spent over 739 hours in supervising visits between parents and their children in a neutral setting
  • Mentored and developed personal relationships with children in order to build their self- esteem and get them involved in the community
  • Assisted children that are experiencing difficulty in school by tutoring
  • Shopped for 1473 children, 695 families and 70 independent teens through our Holiday Wishes Program
  • Supported over 735 children to attend summer camp
  • Served 755 children and distributed 12100 pieces of clothing through our Distribution Warehouse

 

Our volunteers have heart, passion, purpose and soul. Thank you Peel CAS volunteers! For more information on how you can help please contact us at (905) 363-6131 ext. 1423 or visit www.peelcas.org