Spring Newsletter

National Volunteer Week

It’s all about the “Aha” moment– Why do Carizon volunteers do what they do?  

April 24th to the 30th is National Volunteer Week and we have so many reasons to send appreciation to the volunteers who offer their time and talent to support our Carizon community.

Recently, we asked some of our volunteers what it is that keeps them coming back each week. The common thread is clear: it’s all about the “Aha moment,” where they connect with the meaningful work they are doing to ensure our community thrives.  

For our Pathways volunteer tutors working with youth to help support their academics, the reward or “Aha” comes when they see a student finally understand a concept they have been struggling to learn in the classroom. There is a great sense of fulfillment from the one-on-one connection they build with the youth, especially during the pandemic when opportunities for social engagement have been so limited.  

Our Paulander and Erb West Food Distribution programs have been consistently running throughout the pandemic to ensure all families have access to nutritious food. This program would not be possible without the help of our selfless volunteers who ensure these communities are served on a weekly basis, without fail. The “Aha” moment for these volunteers comes each time a family receives the nourishment they need. 

For the Spirit of Giving volunteers their “Aha” moment comes from knowing that families in need are also experiencing the magic of the holiday season, because of their contributions.  

For volunteers helping with the planning and preparing of programs and events, their “Aha” moment comes as they see the positive impact these programs are having on individuals and families who participate.  

Although our volunteer opportunities for in-person interaction and events have been impacted by the pandemic, we hope our volunteer program will continue to grow as we navigate the new future and more opportunities for safe face-to-face interaction arise.  

Watch this video of some of our volunteers sharing their “Aha” moments, and what it means to be a Carizon volunteer. To all our volunteers our heartfelt thanks this month, and every month for continuing to give their time and talent to make our community a better place.

If you would like more information about becoming a Carizon volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.