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Opening Doors for Children & Families

Three Cheers for Volunteers

Friends and family members of people who work at not-for-profits must want to screen their calls. The phone calls usually start out something like “Hey, what are you doing next weekend?” Or “Hey, are you busy next Wednesday?” Followed by, “Will you dress up as Santa Claus?” Or “Can you move some furniture for us?” Or “Can you come volunteer for a few hours?”

But it never fails whenever I ask my friends or family to volunteer on behalf of ABC Head Start they always say yes. I’ve roped many people into volunteering for many different things including, but definitely not limited to, ABC Head Start’s number one fundraiser The Scarecrow Festival, or our Literacy Backpack Day, or a 50/50 at an Oilers game, or a casino, or any other event or fundraiser we put on.

My best friend has been suckered graciously accepted many o’ volunteering activities I have thrown her way. And because I am aware of the fact she has an inability to say no, I have a feeling she will be volunteering a lot in the future. As I type we are sitting at the Baccarat Casino, volunteering as Chip Runners. The funds we raise from a casino are quite generous for the amount of volunteers and time it takes. It takes 39 volunteers and 280 hours over a two-day span. The shifts are long and LATE. We are here until 2:30am, ON A SCHOOL NIGHT.

All of these volunteers take time out of their own busy lives to give their time to ABC Head Start. For instance my friend is a nurse at the Cross Cancer Institute. She provides care and comfort to her patients and their families all day but still takes the time to volunteer her time to provide for the families of ABC Head Start.

Needless to say ABC Head Start would cease to exist without volunteers. It seems in everything we do, from day-to-day operations to the fun events and fundraisers, volunteers are at the core. So this is a shout out, to all of those people who generously give their time to charities – because without you, we couldn’t do what we do!

If you would like to volunteer with ABC Head Start contact our Community Coordinator, Ann Babb at annb@abcheadstart.org.

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.



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