“Why are you doing this when you’re not getting paid?”
The adult learner this volunteer was working with couldn’t believe his tutor would show up week after week purely to help him reach his employment goals, without asking for anything in return.
“What motivates you to volunteer with us?”
If you want to be inspired, put this question to a volunteer. Then watch them light up. It’s inspiring to hear the passion in their voices as they talk about making a difference, giving back, and their desire to see individuals and families succeed. They also speak about the deep satisfaction they receive from helping others to reach their goals—whether that’s helping a parent to gain new skills as their child’s first teacher, understanding the letters coming home from their child’s school, passing their driver’s test, deciphering a medicine label, or simply gaining the confidence and skills to fill in important forms for themselves.
Our volunteers’ behind-the-scenes commitments typically include board and committee work, assisting with Family Literacy programs, facilitating Adult Literacy Classes, tutoring one-on-one, office support and fundraising events. Their collective impact is extraordinary! Activities are temporarily limited to our distance learning and online programs and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to take this moment to express our gratitude to our volunteers. Together we are working to foster a healthy, literate society where we are all able to contribute and succeed.
Following are some of the responses to our “Why I Volunteer” survey:
|It’s the greatest feeling ever to give back in any way I can – and I love seeing the difference the programs the Centre runs makes in our community!|
|I volunteer because I like to offer my skills to organizations, I want to help my community and because it’s a chance to meet new people.|
|I love my students and I love their happiness when they know they have learnt something new. They always want to “use” it right away. I also like the people I work with and the atmosphere at the Centre for Family Literacy.|
|To give back to my community while making new friends.|
|I wanted to help other families and their children.|
|I volunteer because I get more back than I give. It fills me up.|
|I want to help however I can.|
|I volunteer because I have a deep empathy for the female newcomers who come here and watch their families integrate through their school and work. Left alone for much of the day they feel like they are losing their families to this new world and culture while they sit in loneliness and fear, unable to connect.|
|The Centre for Family literacy helps people enjoy a better life with dignity and respect.|
|To meet amazing people in my community and make life a little bit easier for some of them.|
|To give back to my community and connect with others!|
|I have been fortunate to have a good job and opportunities to learn. Volunteering is my way of giving back.|
|I have been a participant with my child in CFL programs for years and wanted to give back.|
|Because if I don’t who will, and it needs to happen.|
|For the enjoyment and reward of helping others.|
|Because I like helping people make a difference in their lives.|
|Volunteering is good for a community, and it’s a great way to meet people and develop new skills.|
|It’s fun (though I’ve been away and haven’t volunteered for some time).|
|I volunteer because giving back teaches me so much more!|
|Volunteering makes me feel grateful for what I have and provides an opportunity to help improve the lives of the people I touch.|
|I love to teach and I want to give back to my community.|
|I enjoy sharing my passions with others.|
|I volunteer at the Centre because I believe in their Mission Statement and I feel welcomed by the wonderful people who work there.|
If you are interested in volunteering to help someone with their literacy skills via online distance learning, click here.