Centre Celebrates Volunteerism In Bermuda

April 11, 2016

The Centre on Philanthropy said they celebrate “volunteerism in Bermuda and would like to recognize and thank Bermuda’s volunteers for their vital contributions to our Island.”

According to Points of Light, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to volunteer service, “National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.”

The Centre said, “This year marked The Centre on Philanthropy’s 10th Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Together with our non-profit membership, 53 volunteers were recognized for their exceptional service and commitment to our community. We applaud the countless volunteers who give freely of their time, energy and talent to our island!

“Another reason to celebrate! On May 15th, 2016 we will recognize Bermuda’s Youth Volunteers at the Allied World Family Community Day to be held at Victoria Park. This is a community event facilitated by The Centre on Philanthropy to promote families volunteering together.

“Families will experience firsthand, the joy of giving back as they participate in meaningful volunteer projects. They also have the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities and what Bermuda’s non-profits are doing in the community.

“This fun-filled family event is open to the community and all are welcome to come learn about volunteerism and celebrate together the outstanding efforts of our Youth.

“Did you know?…

  • [1] Our online volunteer matching resource VOLUNTEER.bm serves as the ‘one-stop shop’ for volunteering in Bermuda. There are over 6,500 volunteers registered on the website, and more than 145 non-profit members who recruit and manage their volunteers using the site’s administrative features. Volunteers are able to find roles that are a strong match for their interests which ensures they have a positive experience and continue to volunteer in the future.
  • [2] The Centre on Philanthropy facilitates three Community Days throughout the year: Spring, Summer Intern and Fall Community Days. We connect local businesses with non-profit organizations for a day of community service. Community Days gives local charities the opportunity to submit a proposal for a volunteer project that can be completed in a day or half a day. Projects are chosen by participating companies based on interest expressed by their employees. During the Fiscal Year 2015, 1,680 hours of service hours was performed by 210 corporate employee volunteers which translates in dollars to $37,884.00 of in-kind services.”

Jenice Germain, Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator at The Centre on Philanthropy says, “Volunteers are the true heroes who give freely and tirelessly on a day to day basis.

“During the last year, volunteers in Bermuda logged 6,306 hours of community service on VOLUNTEER.bm which translates in dollars to $142,200.30 of in-kind service.

“This week we honor all volunteers for their exemplary service and commitment in helping to build stronger communities.”

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