Feeling a sense of community through volunteering

For volunteer Rahel Getaneh, helping out at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) not only gives her an opportunity to do something; it’s also a way to contribute to the community. 

Over the past year, Rahel has been volunteering at the office, stamping envelopes, shredding documents, and supporting the Office staff with their tasks. But her journey as a volunteer actually began 15 years ago, where she also helped out with office-related tasks such as photocopying, typing, faxing, and more. 

“I came back to Collingwood [because] I really like the environment, the people, the culture,” Rahel says.  

And speaking of people, she appreciates feeling a sense of community every time she comes in to volunteer.

“The people,” she says, “are really nice, really supportive. And they provide a lot of support to the community, so I just wanted to contribute to that.”

Rahel encourages folks to get involved at CNH, even if just for a small time commitment. 

“A lot of new people don’t know where to go and what to do. It’s such a good idea to start with Collingwood or any neighbourhood house…whether it’s to start volunteering or participating in a lot of different activities and experiences,” she says. “It’s such a good support system.”

For more information about volunteering with CNH, please visit cnh.bc.ca/volunteer.