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National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week 2015
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to reach out to those generous individuals who have donated a very valuable personal resource – their time. Volunteerism is an important and valued aspect of the food bank network across Canada and ensures organizations are able to support those Canadians who are most in need.

Did you know?
- 1 in 3 food banks in Canada are volunteer run
- Food banks in rural communities are more likely to be run by volunteers
- The work of all food banks –large and small - depends on the efforts of its committed volunteers.        

Volunteering doesn’t just happen at the individual level; corporate employee volunteerism also plays an important role. Food Banks Canada and our network benefit from the efforts of corporate volunteers. For example, CitiFinancial, a Key Partner of Food Banks Canada, has made volunteerism a core part of their business. In 2014, 34% of all CitiFinancial employees volunteered in a local food bank. 
With close to 850,000 individuals turning to food banks every month across Canada, the need for volunteers is clear and their impact is invaluable.
That’s why during National Volunteer Week we want to let ALL volunteers know that your hard work, generosity and kindness stretches much farther than just your time invested. Your time impacts the lives of Canadians in need.
Volunteers are all around! If you know a volunteer, this week is your chance to reach out and let them know how important they are. Say “Thanks” to a volunteer near you today!
**Looking for another way to show your appreciation to a volunteer? The Prime Ministers Volunteer Awards are now accepting nominations! Find out more at www.pm.gc.ca/awards.**

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