In 2012, our volunteers gave 19, 384 hours to helping children, youth and families in Calgary. That's the equivalent of two years!
Sitting on the couch watching a movie with some of the kids at the Thorncliffe Community Club, Dexter Bladek looks around the room to make sure the kids are having fun.
One child sits next to him and he immediately engages them, asking how their day is going. He knows all the kids and the kids all know him. Dexter has been a volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) for three years.
"I love it here," he says. "The kids are great."
It never fails that every Friday, Dexter can be found at the Thorncliffe Club playing with the kids. He loves watching movies with the kids and enjoys watching them play on the playground.
April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week and BGCC has been reaching out to our volunteers to let them know just how important they are to the success of the youth in this city.
"It's fun and exciting," he said about volunteering at the club. "It's a great organization."
Jennifer Forbes, the club's coordinator, says the staff and children are thankful to have Dexter as a volunteer.
"It's wonderful having Dexter here," says Jennifer. "He makes everyone happy and he is happy to be here."
Dexter is one of the many volunteers who spend time helping Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary achieve its mission - to provide a safe and supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
In 2012, there were more than 1,200 people in Calgary who volunteered with the agency. Maggie Schmiemann, the Volunteer Coordinator for BGCC, says the work our volunteers do is invaluable.
"We want to thank all of our wonderful amazing volunteers for their contribution to our programs in the last year, many of our kids and youth have grown and developed skills through the relationships that were built and have possibly started on a new road because of it," says Maggie.
"Thank you for being part of BGCC Team and believing in our mission and vision," she added.