Since Fife House's incorporation in 1988, volunteers have been the cornerstone of our agency. We would literally be unable to deliver programming to people living with HIV/AIDS without the approximately 300 volunteers who provide direct service to our clients, raise funds and help govern our agency. They contributed over 15,000 hours last year!
As the number of people who require safe, supportive housing, and the supports they require continue to grow, so too does the need for volunteers.
The commitment of our amazing group of volunteers is at the core of our excellent record of service delivery.
To all of you, THANK YOU!
Benefits Of Being A Volunteer
Feeling good about yourself is one of the best rewards you receive when you volunteer, but there are many more rewards. While each individual may have different reasons for volunteering, some of the most common benefits are:
- Gaining knowledge and skills (often viewed as professional growth),
- Personal satisfaction and growth (helping others and making new friends),
- Family interaction and involvement, and
- Community involvement (learning about your community).
No matter what your reasons are for being a volunteer, helping others is an enriching and rewarding experience.
If you are ready to apply to become a volunteer at Fife House, please go to our Become a Volunteer page for more information and to access our on-line application.
Micheal was our first Volunteer Coordinator at Fife – a position he held since 1994 until 2008.
It goes without saying Micheal was the soul of Fife House and the heart of the volunteer program. In no small measure he started that program built it , nurtured it and made into one the best run and largest in Ontario. A legacy that continued under Chris McGiffin and now Andre Ceranto.
Micheal practically mirrored the history and story of Fife. He started as a volunteer at Fife in 1993 before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator. He also Chaired one of our original fundraising campaigns - the Red Ribbon Campaign. His impassioned personality made volunteer recruitment a natural. Many of our longest serving volunteers started with Micheal – and they remain today at Reception, community programs, BINGO and Jarvis meal programs. Micheal was much sought after in the Province, often giving workshops on volunteer management and recruitment and the challenging roll of being an out PHA within an ASO.
It was truly an honour that Micheal attended the Fife 25th Anniversary this past February. He had an opportunity to reconnect with friends and staff at Fife and a chance to see how much he was part of the development and history of Fife House.
Micheal cherished Fife and the work everyone did. We will all grieve with his passing as he felt that Fife was not just a place to work but was a place he called his family,
Keith Hambly, Executive Director