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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION


A BIG thank you to all of our volunteers!

National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) is Canada's largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

We would like to thank the 150 volunteers who selflessly give their time and talent to help the children and families our agency supports. You are truly making a difference!


"Volunteering is a very big part of my life, and it means giving what you can and using your talents and abilities in a productive way. It also means reaching out and maybe doing things that we have never done before, and having experiences that are fun and rewarding. Being a volunteer is the most rewarding experience that anyone can have. We don't really know what the impact will be on others, but if we all try to help each other, just think of the possibilities."

Donna has volunteered with York Region CAS since 2009. She currently volunteers with the Family Visit Support Program. She has also helped out with the homework club, special events and tutoring.



"Initially I didn't know what to expect, but once I was paired up with a social worker and matched with my little buddy, it was very easy. It was very fulfilling spending time with her-teaching her things I knew, showing and taking her places she had never been. The smiles I received were truly priceless, and I feel like I really made a difference."

"If someone is thinking about volunteering, I'd tell them to go for it! There are many options to choose from to get involved. CAS is very good at matching you with what works for you and your schedule."

Serena has volunteered with York Region CAS since 2009 as a Big Buddy and then with the Family Visit Support Program.



"My parents were involved as CAS volunteers for over 30 years, so I actually volunteered with CAS as a child and teen helping with the annual Holiday Heroes program."

"I recognize the importance of helping others in our community. I wanted to continue volunteering with CAS as it is a wonderful organization and supports so many children."

"Volunteering is not only fun - it's rewarding. Being involved gives me the opportunity to be a friend, mentor, and support to a child and their parent/guardian. I have become close to children and families I have volunteered with, and I look forward to volunteering each week. I know that these opportunities not only enrich my life, but also the children I volunteer with."

Deanna has volunteered with York Region CAS since 2000 as a big buddy, homework club volunteer and she helps with special events.