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This Edition: Thank You Volunteers!


National Volunteer Week, April 10-16

We are thrilled to be celebrating our more than 600 volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 10-16 #NVW2016) and all year long!

CSC's volunteers are everyday heroes. They come out to deliver Meals on Wheels in the snow, rain or shine, and fill in routes at the last minute when we need them the most. They pick up a client at 3:30 in the morning to get them to an important medical appointment. They provide a warm smile and friendship for lonely and isolated clients. They help people stay healthy and active by leading gentle exercise classes. They sit on boards and committees providing professional and administrative support. Whatever their role, they go above and beyond to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Last year our volunteers contributed 82,908 hours of their time - equivalent to 45.5 full time positions - to help us serve 6,494 clients. CSC staff regularly hears from clients and family members about the amazing work our volunteers are doing:

"The volunteer driver was superb and we had some very interesting conversations...the bottom line was that you were there when I needed you the most. Thank you!" - transportation client

"Since (your volunteer) visited my mother for the first time, she filled her heart with happiness and joy.  She enjoys immensely the time they spent together."
- daughter of a friendly visiting client

Thank you for all that you do for our clients!

March for Meals Special Guests

Thank you to all of the local dignitaries who came out to deliver Meals on Wheels alongside our dedicated volunteers to celebrate March for Meals! Pictured above is Cambridge Councillor Pam Wolf and our dedicated volunteer Richard Trottier. We truly appreciate their support in helping spread the word about this vital program and how it is helping people live independently in their own homes. Click here to see all the pictures on CSC's Facebook page or click here to see them on Twitter.

Q and A's with Kitchen Volunteer Janet

Meet our dedicated Kitchen Volunteer, Janet. We asked her some questions about her experiences in the kitchen and here's what she said: 

1. How did you first hear about CSC's volunteer opportunities? My neighbour and friend started volunteering with Meals on Wheels and loved it. She encouraged me to come along. 

2. When did you start and what inspired you to become a volunteer in the Tender Loving Care Kitchen? I started in November 2014 helping my friend deliver meals on Fridays. While we waited for the meals, we often watch them being prepared through the window. It looked like fun. I'm a member of the Probus Club and got involved in the foodie club, and we wanted to volunteer. As a result, myself and two others now volunteer in the kitchen.

3. What is your favourite kitchen task? Seasoning vegetables, making meatballs and wrapping desserts.

4. Describe the most memorable moment you have had volunteering so far. The day when I discovered that Paula (Chef) and Tara (Sous Chef) can be such fun! They also have taught me so much.

5. What is the most rewarding part of volunteering? When I retired I knew I wanted to volunteer. Working in both the kitchen and delivering I have seen the spectrum of why this is so important. I also wanted to challenge myself because I have rheumatoid arthritis. I now have a new set of eyes and appreciate how difficult the life cycle can be for some. This is such a small way of being able to pay back and I appreciate this opportunity.

Thank you, Janet! If you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for a member of the Volunteer Team. You can also click here to apply online.

Upcoming Agency-Wide Volunteer Training

All volunteers are invited to join us for CSC policy refresher training. We will be providing up-to-date information, answering your questions and more.

In Breslau
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location:  Strassburger Room, CSC's Breslau Office, 61 Woolwich St. N., Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0.

In Cambridge
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location: Boardroom, CSC's Cambridge Office, 887 Langs Dr., Cambridge, Ontario, N3H 5K4.

Please feel free to bring a friend to your session! Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or if you would like to RSVP, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or email annr@cscmow.org.

Earth Day - April 22

On Friday April 22, CSC will be celebrating Earth Day, the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities.

CSC is excited to announce that we are in the process of implementing changes recommended by Enviro Stewards, who completed a resource conservation assessment at our Breslau site in December. The first item on the list is replacing our light bulbs with more energy efficient ones - addressing the largest area of hydro consumption at CSC's Breslau site. CSC is working with Waterloo North Hydro to apply for saveONenergy grants for this and other projects. We look forward to making many more changes to make our operations as "green" as possible!

Tacofest Ticket Announcement

Mark your calendars for Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "May 5th", at 12pm noon! Online tickets will be available for Tacofest, presented by MTE, through tacofest.ca. Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration all around the world, and what better way to help celebrate than by choosing this very day to kick off Tacofest ticket sales with its Latin-infused vibes. Last year tickets sold out in less than a minute, so get ready.

Stay connected and click here to follow Tacofest on Twitter or click here to like Tacofest on Facebook. We have already started announcing all of our amazing taco vendors and beer vendors who donate their product to help raise funds for CSC's Meal Subsidy program. We would also like to thank Green Sponsor Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and Transportation Sponsor Heffner Lexus/ Heffner Toyota. Be sure to visit the Tacofest website for upcoming announcements and more!
Photo Credit: Sylvia Pond Photography 

Spots Still Open for Golf!

There are still spots available for the Drive to Deliver/ Golf Social Tournament happening on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Rebel Creek Golf Club. Golf registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch which is generously being provided by Piller's Fine Foods, dinner, and access to amazing silent and live auctions. Our featured live auction item will be a trip for two anywhere WestJet flies generously donated by WestJet!

Click here to register online or call 519-772-8787 and ask for Lauren at ext. 224. You can also download our 2016 Golfer Brochure. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. We hope to see you on the course!

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61 Woolwich Street N
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Breslau, ON
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