We appreciate and celebrate our volunteers everyday. This week we honour them.
Volunteers are being honoured across Canada this week as part of Volunteer Canada’s National Volunteer Week taking place April 18 – 24, 2021.
Everyday at Project SHARE we appreciate and celebrate the people who give freely and compassionately of their time, expertise, knowledge and passion to help our agency do the important work of ensuring none of our neighbours go hungry and that those less fortunate in our community have access to programs and services they need.
“Words can’t express how grateful we are that our volunteers choose to share their time and talents with us to help those who are struggling to meet their basic needs in our community. This past year has been challenging in many ways, and for Project SHARE operating with limited or no volunteers on site has been one of our greatest challenges. We have seen firsthand the immense impact the contributions of volunteers have on our operations as we have been forced to operate without them,” Pam Sharp, Executive Director of Project SHARE.
From June 2019 – May 2020, more than 300 volunteers supported those less fortunate in our community by giving 12,184 hours of their time, the equivalent of approximately 7 full-time positions. At Niagara’s 2019 Living Wage rate of $18.12 per hour, that’s $220,774 in donated support, allowing us to feed many more families living below the poverty line in Niagara Falls. 
There are so many ways our volunteers support the work of ending the struggle against poverty and empowering those in need, here are just a few:
Board of directors ensure responsible governance of Project SHARE
Warehouse volunteers ensure that the food we give to families in need has passed safety tests, checking for compromised packaging and expiration dates to follow Food Bank’s Canada’s guideline for food safety. 
Food room monitors help prepare and pack non-perishables, healthy proteins, fresh produce and other items like hygiene products for distribution. 
Garden volunteers help weed, water, plant and harvest at our 3 community gardens. They also assist in building new plots and making repairs so that families have the opportunity to grow their own vegetables.
Event volunteers help us collect monetary and food donations at annual food drives and fundraisers and many hold events of their own to donate proceeds to the work we do. 
Over 13 million Canadians give their time each year to support causes that are important to them. The theme of www.volunteer.org’s 2021 campaign – The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.
“This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.  We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together.” Volunteer Canada.
The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose. 
The value of one person tending a community garden. The power of many people working together to increase food security and empower those living in poverty to learn new skills. 
The value of one person sharing their expertise on our board of directors. The power of many people working together to ensure none of our neighbours go hungry.
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