Hey all, it’s Jess again!
Today I wanted to talk about one of the larger aspects of Katimavik: volunteering. The program itself is a youth volunteering program, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many that we volunteer our time as often as possible. Not only do we work full time during the week at assigned volunteer positions; as a group we do group volunteering for different local organisations during the weekend.
For myself, this meant that over the past three months I have been working at three different Salvation Army locations around the city. One location was working three days a week at Meighan Retirement Centre and Meighan Manor, which is their long-term facility next door. The other two locations were Harbour Light Ministries and 614. I absolutely loved working at these placements during this rotation. It brought me major fullfillment working with the people I did on a daily basis and I actually quite enjoyed the actual work part as well. As a group we even volunteered our time to help plant all the flowers for the retirement centre. Some of the residents even came out to cheer us on, as we added some colour to their building. It was definitely a well spent four hours.
We’ve also spent many a weekend working with local organisations helping out in any way that we can. We;ve worked with Best Buddies selling 50/50 tickets at sporting events, helped plant several gardens, directed children around a bike saftey course at a Bike Rodeo, set up and washed up after high tea for Otesha. It almost becomes a part of a regular routine, volunteering every weekend. There is definitely a sense of satisfaction that occurs when you get to help groups out and make sure that everything runs smoothly for them. I know that personally I have had a lot of fun with my group, volunteering together and goofing off. It’s made Katimavik very memorable for sure! I can feel confident when I say that when I go back home I will be looking for volunteering opportunities within my community, and even have plans to darg some of my friend to help out with me.