My volunteer hours for this month were accumulated with two organizations – Habitat for Humanity, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I volunteered 16 hours of community service in October. In total, I’ve volunteered 304 hours of community service this year.
Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and health promotion initiatives. $27 million was raised nationally at this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. I volunteered as a route guide for the event in Burlington, Ontario. It was a lot of fun, I especially enjoyed seeing so many families run together for this great cause.
I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity earlier in the year. The organization is known for providing affordable housing to those that would otherwise be unable to become homeowners. Homes are built by volunteers and are sold at no profit. I hope to take part in another community build by the end of the year. This month I was a volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Hamilton. I was responsible for merchandising and providing customer service, and occasionally helped to restock shelves.
There are a number of reasons to shop at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. It’s socially conscious to make purchases at the store because the money generated helps to provide more families in the community with safe, decent and affordable housing. It’s also environmentally friendly, as it re-sells materials that would otherwise be thrown into landfills. Not all items are used; some are brand new. Purchases at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore are also tax-free.
Now that I’ve surpassed 300 hours of community service, I find myself looking back at the different people, places, and events that have gotten me to this point. It’s been an incredible experience. I cherish every moment.