Volunteer Stories

House Friend and Special Friend volunteers are changing society one friendship at a time.  Lasting relationships are developed when friends share their interests and develop their unique gifts.  As we live together in our communities we are able to gain greater understanding for one another.

L’Arche Winnipeg friend volunteers tell us:  

“I don’t really think of it as volunteering. It’s more like hanging out with good friends.”

“Volunteering has enhanced my sense of the gifts that people with a disability bring to life.”

“He puts all of life into perspective. We have a great deal to appreciate and enjoy in each other.”

Office volunteers team up for coffee and conversation to prepare mail-outs of our Gratitude newsletter.  Volunteers may also help prepare for events such as a L’Arche Winnipeg art show, take care of shredding, photocopying, collating, or making phone calls.

The Annual Walk With L’Arche is traditionally held the first Sunday each May and offers many opportunities for volunteerism. From the grounds crew team that set-up and clean-up to many vital roles in between (registration table, walk marshals, first aid, water, check-in, L’Arche Tova Café bake table and children’s face painting tent to mention a few).  We welcome your inquiries.  Pictured above are two of our volunteers at the Annual Walk With L’Arche.

Annual Walk With L’Arche volunteers say:

“You can call me every year, I had so much fun!”

“I have said many times, it is the most rewarding thing I volunteer for.”

L’Arche Tova Café volunteers work together toward creating a more human society.  Adults with disability are supported in greeting customers, bringing out cutlery and menus and taking drink orders, along with other essential tasks.

Volunteers at the L’Arche Tova Café share:

“Life can be meaningful regardless of its challenges.  And that is the atmosphere one encounters at Café Tova. For me it is an enriching experience and I look forward to volunteering.”

“Other places rush me, I like being at the Café.  People here are nice to me.”

“I like working here.  I am good at it.  I like serving people and bringing out drinks and food.  I like hanging out with other people. I like my friends.”

Congratulations to the L’Arche Tova Café volunteers who are recipients of the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award in the Community Group category and to Stacey Friesen who is a recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award.                         Together volunteers at the L’Arche Tova Café create a team that provides a warm welcome and excellent service.        Our dedicated volunteers were recognized at the 34th Annual Volunteer Manitoba Awards Dinner at the RBC Convention Center on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017.

We are grateful to Volunteer Manitoba for this wonderful opportunity and event.

Appreciating and staying up-to-date with volunteers

Walk With L’Arche volunteers join us for the barbeque and pizza served at the event along with receiving a volunteer prize draw ballot.   Long-term volunteers enjoy an annual volunteer appreciation event each June.  We thank our volunteers for keeping contact information up to date so we may keep you up to date!

L’Arche Winnipeg appreciates all the volunteers who commit their time to the values of caring and creating community.                       Thank you!

email: volunteer@larchewinnipeg.org

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