Thanking our Volunteers

CIES would not be able to offer any of our programs without the amazing help we receive from our volunteers! At any given time, there are more than 50 volunteers working with CIES in a number of roles, whether they’re teaching Drop-In ESL classes, writing articles for our settlement Guides, helping clients at Reception, or reading with clients in the Reading Room. In recognition of National Volunteer Week 2019, we caught up with two of our current volunteers to see what they like about volunteering with CIES:

Patricia
Tax Clinic volunteer

How long have you been volunteering for CIES?

I have been volunteering for a few weeks at the free Tax Clinic at CIES. This is part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program where volunteers help modest income families file their taxes.

What do you like about volunteering?

I enjoy helping people solve their problems, especially with taxes because a lot of people are worried about how to file their tax. It’s quite fulfilling and it’s a great way to give back to the community.

Do you have any tips for people who want to volunteer?

You can start volunteering by being on the lookout for organizations who need volunteers on the internet, such as through the Propellus website. Look out for areas and positions where you have strengths and skills that are beneficial to the community. However, if you aren’t able to find specific roles, even helping out in basic tasks can be meaningful too. Enjoy the time you spend volunteering and the people you will meet!

Susan
Volunteer Drop-in ESL Teacher

How long have you volunteered with CIES?

I have been volunteering in the Drop-in ESL program for just over 1 year.

What do you like about volunteering?

I like working with people and helping them learn English. I have a communications background and I love language. I like meeting people from different countries and that’s a lot of fun.

Tips for those who want to volunteer

Find something you are interested in and enjoy doing. Volunteering is something that is rewarding and you can really make a difference. It’s best to volunteer for something that is within your means and you are comfortable with the time commitment required. Remember to have fun!