Celebrating Alberta’s Volunteers

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Celebrating Alberta’s Volunteers

Communities are celebrating the impacts of individual and collective acts of kindness during National Volunteer Week, April 18 to 24, 2021.

In recognition of Alberta’s volunteers, the province has provided funding to Volunteer Alberta to support micro-grants totalling $65,000 for 67 community celebrations.

Instead of in-person gatherings and events, communities have alternate plans to mark the seven-day salute to volunteerism. These local efforts also help encourage volunteerism.

Alberta has one of the highest rates of volunteerism in Canada with 50% of adult Albertans volunteering, which surpasses the national average of 44%.

Celebrate Alberta’s Volunteers Safely:

  • Highlight individuals, teams or projects by sharing volunteer stories through video and photos on social media or other platforms.
  • Email a volunteer with a personalized thank you or provide gift cards for takeout from a local restaurant as a token of recognition.
  • Write a reference letter for a volunteer who is applying for a job, internship or school program.
  • Nominate an outstanding volunteer for an award such as Stars of Alberta or Alberta Northern Lights to recognize their efforts.

Volunteers are the foundation of many community organizations with limited or no paid staff. Alberta has more than 26,400 non-profit organizations and, each year, more than 1.6 million Albertans provide more than 262 million volunteer hours to support the non-profit and voluntary sector at a value of $5.6 billion.

For more information about volunteering, visit volunteeralberta.ab.ca.

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