Happy Holidays!

Hello and Happy Holidays to you!

We have had a great year and we’ve really enjoyed getting out to know more of you in our over 450 meetings in community. It’s been insightful, heartwarming, fun, funny, silly, sobering, thought-provoking, and enlightening. We feel really glad to know you. Thanks for taking us up on the offer for a coffee. You know how much we love our cozy, warm, beverages!

Our office will be taking some time to rest until 2017. We will be closed from December 23-January 2nd. We will catch up with you again on January 3rd.

If you need last minute volunteers, don’t forget about our twitter handle @volunteercal, which is run by our fabulous volunteer, Tyler.

As we sign off for 2016, we want to share with you our new volunteer recognition feature why.yyc on instagram. It features the stories of volunteers in Calgary. Want to feature someone? Contact Jeff.

That’s it from us in 2016!

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With love and warm wishes from:

Doug, Kelsey, Lori, Janet, Jeff, Andrea, and Tracy

5 Great Ways to Engage Holiday Volunteers

‘Tis the season to volunteer. With schools on break, vacations taken over the holidays and family arriving from out of town, people are always looking to put some of their time to use in service to others. It is also a season full of volunteer opportunities.

Everything gift wrapping and decorating, to picking up donations, there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone; however, these are short-term volunteers who are offering their time for only a day or two. It is not as easy to keep short-term volunteers engaged with your organization, but if you do, you may have a volunteer for years to come. Short term volunteers can be testing the waters. When volunteers have a great experience, they are more likely to come back to volunteer for your next short-term opportunity. Continue reading