It’s National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating “all-things-volunteer” here at Compassion Canada!
Did you know that there are over 1500 Compassion volunteers across the country? They show us that living compassionately can reorient our lives and affect the way we spend not only our money, but our time, too! We are thankful for each person who gives their time to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
In celebration of this week, we want to share a few of the many ways people volunteer with Compassion.
At churches and events
If you’ve sponsored a Compassion child at a church service or event, you probably had a smiling Compassion volunteer help you choose a child and fill out the paperwork to get your sponsorship started. They probably also answered some of your questions before you made the decision to sponsor.
Every weekend, Compassion’s ministry is presented at churches, concerts, conferences and other events. When people have questions or are ready to sponsor, our team of volunteers is ready to help. They are passionate about seeing as many children as possible connected with caring sponsors.
Our event volunteers make up a vibrant community—and many beautiful friendships have formed out of seeing each other regularly at events and working together behind many Compassion tables!
By sharing Compassion
For those of you who sponsor a child, we hope that the experience has impacted you in a powerful way—and we hope that you feel compelled to share about it!
That’s what Raquel did. She gathered a group of friends in her home to share how sponsoring Hernan from Colombia has impacted her life!
Sponsors across the country volunteer with Compassion by sharing their sponsorship experience on social media, with their small group, or in everyday conversations! You never know when a particular post, presentation or conversation might spark a life-changing decision—for your friends and for a child living in poverty.
At our London, ON office
Children in Compassion’s programs around the world love receiving letters from their sponsors! But before that can happen, letters need to be processed at our head office in London, ON. That’s where our volunteers come in!
“We so appreciate each and every one of [our volunteers]. They are like a part of our family,” says Brian Cuz, manager of the team who processes your letters. “It is a joy to share life and do ministry with them.”
One of those volunteers is Harry Finnis, who has been a sponsor with Compassion since 1970!
“I felt led to come here and was very touched by Compassion’s ministry,” he says. “I wanted to be obedient to God and be part of a ministry He loves. It’s part of God’s calling. He asks us to look for those in need.”
By writing letters
For a variety of reasons, some individuals or groups who provide financial support for sponsorship are unable to write letters to the children they sponsor. Because letters are so important to our kids, we invite volunteers to write to these children instead.
We recognize it can be hard to know what to write to a child living in a totally different country and context from you. That’s why we’ve put some letter writing tips and templates together, just for you!
Writing letters might seem like a small action, but the children on the receiving end cherish those words. For many, letters are just the encouragement they need to stay in school, seek Christian mentorship or engage deeper with their church community.
Three cheers for our volunteers! You are inspiring, generous and make the world a better place. Compassion truly wouldn’t be what it is without you.