REACH volunteers amplify community impact

There are many different groups that make the work of REACH possible, from staff to community partners, but one set of people are especially important: volunteers.

“Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting the work of REACH and its partners in the community,” says Kelly Holland, Community Engagement Manager at REACH Edmonton. 

“They amplify our impact by providing additional people power and so much more.” 

REACH volunteers form a diverse group, bringing varied perspectives, experiences and skills that enhance the organization’s ability to support hands-on work in the community. 

Joseph Rubay is just one example of the impact that volunteers have on REACH and the community. 

“I was inspired to volunteer with REACH because I saw an opportunity to directly impact the lives of the less fortunate and unhoused members of the community,” says Joseph, who was instrumental in the formation of an ongoing effort to provide meals to Edmonton’s unhoused community members. “The chance to arrange events, collect donations, prepare food and provide support filled me with joy and a sense of purpose.”

In addition to helping feed community members in need, Joseph says he gained from the experience of volunteering as well. 

“Volunteering with REACH has enriched both my personal and professional life in numerous ways. On a personal level, it has given me a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose, knowing that I’m making a tangible difference in the lives of others,” he said. “Professionally, it has allowed me to develop valuable skills in event planning, fundraising, community outreach and mentorship while increasing my confidence.”

Joseph hopes that others will consider volunteering in the community as well, not just for their own benefit, but to help create the kind of neighbourhoods we want to live in. 

“Volunteering is crucial, especially with organizations like REACH because it allows individuals to directly impact the lives of those in need within their community,” he says. “By volunteering our time, skills  and resources we can create a supportive environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

Since 2011, REACH volunteers have served as ambassadors, fostering positive relationships and trust within the community. Through their interactions in various neighbourhoods, volunteers facilitate dialogue and strengthen connections between different stakeholders.

REACH volunteers contribute valuable time, energy and experience to our programs and initiatives, complementing and supplementing the efforts of paid staff, enabling REACH Outreach to have a greater impact. 




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