From lending a few hours of packing books to helping us run festivals in the Caribbean to corporate support, our volunteers are making a meaningful contribution. Maybe that includes you!
Every day Canadians contribute both their money and time to improve the well-being of their communities. The benefits of volunteering and giving may be even broader for society. [Volunteerism] contributes to ‘social cohesion’ – by increasing social trust, reciprocity and sense of belonging.
StatsCan 2015 General Social Survey: Volunteering and charitable giving in Canada
We depend on volunteers.
A casual conversation with Staples employee Scott Bruyea was the catalyst for his family to get involved. Scott and wife Karen stacked and labelled over 19,000 lbs of books for St. Lucia.
Joan Richardson and her husband Merv exemplify the power of giving back. For three years, they’ve reserved books from Friends of the Guelph Library annual sale for our ever-growing inventory of gently used books.
Tom Best and First Book Canada generously make hundreds of new books available to us at no cost which we send to school libraries in the Caribbean.
The business of giving back.
Since the start, Kim Nelson and Royal Containers provide our custom-labelled boxes free of charge. Cavalier Logistics discount their rates so we’re able to drop off box supplies to schools and pick-up all our donated books. Without the generosity of Ken Chitolie at KLC Shipping and Jake Amso at Freight Partners International our shipments by truck, boat and air would not be affordable.