April 23, 2020
Dear Coquitlam residents,
It’s often said that if you want to feel better, help someone else. That’s a fitting sentiment this week as we celebrate the contributions of Coquitlam’s volunteers during National Volunteer Week. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped volunteerism. In fact, it’s more important now than ever.
The essence of volunteerism is about giving back in a selfless way – something we’re seeing every day during the pandemic. The most striking example of course is the front-line workers and essential service providers who are putting their health at risk to help keep the rest of us going.
In addition to these COVID-19 heroes, these challenging times seem to be bringing out the best in many people. There are countless stories of people stepping up to help others, both informally and through organized activities, with no expectation of personal reward. That is the true spirit of volunteerism.
During normal times, volunteers play a critical role supporting City services and enhancing our community. They help keep Coquitlam safe and clean, they help protect our environment, they support our seniors, and they are integral to the success of many recreation programs and civic events. These are just a few of many examples.
The City has temporarily put some of our volunteer programs on hold during the pandemic, but there are still opportunities to give back while physically distancing. These include adopting a street or trail, or cheering up a local senior with a phone call or letter.
Many of us have a bit more spare time on our hands right now. This may be your chance to experience the joy and fulfilment of giving back to others. Check out www.coquitlam.ca/volunteer to learn about the volunteer opportunities available in Coquitlam, both now and once life returns to normal.
On behalf of the City of Coquitlam and the entire community, I offer heartfelt thanks and encouragement to all of Coquitlam’s volunteers – whether you are active right now or not, and whether you volunteer in a formal program or not. Never doubt that you are making a difference.
I’d like to highlight some examples of how Coquitlam’s volunteers are lending a helping hand.
We heard from one gentleman who is missing his activities at Dogwood Pavilion, but was very thankful to be connected to one of our Phone Buddy volunteers. There will be a special call going out to him this week to help him celebrate his 91st birthday.
Another senior couple in our community let us know how much they appreciated receiving a personal note through our Letters of Kindness program, along with the meals they receive through the City’s meal delivery service.
It was also inspiring to hear about the family of a Coquitlam RCMP employee that worked together to clean up their street, using the garbage pickers the City makes available through its volunteer programs.
These are wonderful reminders that – even now – there is still a lot we can do to make our community a better place.
For More Information
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