A BIG thank you to all our volunteers! #NVW2019 thumbnail

April 11th, 2019

A BIG thank you to all our volunteers! #NVW2019

It’s National Volunteer Week and throughout the week, we’ve been sharing how volunteers at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region embody #TheVolunteerFactor.

The smallest acts make a world of difference in the lives of others and we are grateful for those who have volunteered their time here at EAFWR. Whether it’s been helping out at a fundraising or community event like Block Party or Neighbours Day, or lending a helping hand at Open Space and Library of Things, all of our volunteers work towards the same goal of Community, Dignity and Belonging for all. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you.

To mark National Volunteer Week 2019, we’re pleased to share the story of Simmone Huras, a third year Political Science student at Wilfrid Laurier University who has attended a number of EAFWR events as a volunteer photographer. Read more about Simmone’s journey with EAFWR:

Simmone Huras, EAFWR volunteer.

My volunteer journey with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region began on September 7th,
2017. This was the day I first spoke with Michelle Scala, EAFWR’s Recruitment/Volunteer Coordinator, on the phone about all the volunteer opportunities available.

After emailing back and forth, it was decided that my first event would be their Walk-or-Wheel fundraiser… I was excited!

Fast forward to the day of the event. I began in the morning as a floater, but by the end of the day I had transformed into a full-fledged, volunteer photographer, capturing candid photos of the faces and moments from the day – and all on my iPhone.

Later that day, I emailed Michelle the pictures, but made it clear that I had access to a real camera and that I would love to help document any future events.

Spoiler Alert: Despite the lesser quality of these initial photos, that was not the last time I heard from Michelle!

In the months that followed, I was asked to volunteer at many more events, including Snow Fest, Neighbours Day, Count Me In! March and Library of Things 1st Anniversary Celebration. At every event, it was clear that I was surrounded & supported by people who truly care.

In closing, through the warm & welcoming attitude of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, I’ve been given the opportunity to give back through something that I’m truly passionate about: photography. And, I’m able to do so in a family-focused, friendly & fun environment.

I’m grateful to be a part of such an inclusive group of people who actively strive to make our community a better place. I have so much respect for this organization and I look forward to capturing many more special events in the future.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Simmone and your incredible photography skills! And thank you to all the volunteers out there. You inspire us.