Bench dedicated to Hinton volunteers
April 21, 2022
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) have dedicated a new wooden bench to all Hinton’s generous and selfless volunteers.
The new bench has been installed outside the West Fraser Guild, 821 Switzer Drive, timed to coincide with the upcoming National Volunteer Week (April 24-30). All month, FCSS are also lighting their portion of the West Fraser Guild with green flood lights in honour of Hinton’s volunteers, to highlight how important volunteerism is, and how it directly or indirectly touches the lives of every Hintonite.
The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022 is ‘Volunteering Is Empathy In Action’, which affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy, the profoundly human connection at heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities.
Hinton has many non-profit organizations, charities, and volunteers. People who as a group or individually, offer to help or enhance the community in some fashion. From food banks and shelters, to sports and recreation, to arts and exhibitions, to social clubs and senior centres, to animal rescue and water protection, to museums and culture, to festivals and parades, to parent school council and crossing guards, to litter pick-up and recycling, to Church and hospice, to advisory committees and boards, to blood and money donation – this is all the generosity of volunteers.
Lisa Brett, Community Connections Coordinator for FCSS, said: “The bench is a small gesture, but it comes with big sentiments. Often, it isn’t fully recognized that a community is shaped by the people who live in it. This is very significant, and we believe National Volunteer Week is a distinctive time to say thank you. You make a remarkable difference in our daily quality of life.”
Without volunteerism, a community is less able to offer the programs, services, lifestyle, or vibe for all to access and enjoy. So, from smaller to biggest, every volunteer action counts. Volunteers, helpers, donors, and the kind-hearted – you are appreciated.