It's National Volunteer Week and the University of Lethbridge is raising a special flag to honour the thousands of students, staff and alumni who have and still volunteer.
The U of L has partnered with Volunteer Lethbridge since 2013 to encourage volunteerism on campus.
“One of the four pillars of liberal education is community and civic engagement. We encourage students to be involved in their communities as volunteers, participants and changemakers,” says Dr. Shelly Wismath, dean of the School of Liberal Education.
UVolunteer has had more than 300 new student registrations and those students contributed nearly 2,200 hours of their time since the start of the semester. Their contributions were worth more than $50,000 to the local economy.
“Every year our numbers for the UVolunteer program are growing; more students are signing up and they’re recording more hours,” says Paige Hutchinson, UVolunteer program coordinator and fourth-year anthropology student.
“A lot of volunteers go unrecognized. Their efforts aren’t always noticed by the general public,” she adds.
“I think it’s awesome there is National Volunteer Week and that so many people participate.”
Volunteer Lethbridge will unveil the winners of the Volunteer Excellence and Volunteer Recognition awards on Wednesday, April 10 at the Leaders of Tomorrow Award Gala.