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A good time was had by over 6,500 at Whitby’s Hometown Hockey

“…They came by the thousands over this past weekend to celebrate hockey in Whitby.

Rogers Hometown Hockey, the travelling celebration of Canadian hockey that hits a town every weekend during the NHL hockey season, drew more than 6,500 residents, minor hockey players and members of the community to events at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre….”

Author: Tim Kelly
Date of Article: December 31, 2019
Source: DurhamRegion.com
Website: https://www.durhamregion.com/whatson-story/9792654-a-good-time-was-had-by-over-6-500-at-whitby-s-hometown-hockey/

Oshawa, Ont. business helps brighten the holidays for youth at The Refuge

“…Christmas is only sleeps away, and while the anticipation is building for many youth, it isn’t for all.

A couple of businesses decided to brighten the holidays for some of the children who need it most, as they prepared a meal and gave away hygiene items at The Refuge in Oshawa Monday….”

Author: Aaron Streck
Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6332304/oshawa-business-youth-the-refuge/

‘We’re meant to connect’: Oshawa, Ont. man counters holiday depression through volunteering

“…It may feel like the most wonderful time of the year for some, but for others, the holidays can be filled with loneliness and depression. But one Oshawa man has found a way to thwart those blues.

“Just another day,” said Kevin Owens, a volunteer at St. Vincent’s Kitchen….”

Author: Aaron Streck
Date of Article: December 20, 2019
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6323804/oshawa-man-holiday-depression-volunteering/

New organization focused on tree planting, promoting sustainability

“…A newly created organization in Oshawa is looking to motivate residents to get involved in environmentally-friendly and sustainable activities.

Durham Trees For Life is the first Ontario-based chapter of The Global Foundation For Social Harmony and Sustainable Development (GFoundation)….”

Author: Dave Flaherty
Date of Article: December 20, 2019
Source: The Oshawa Express
Website: https://oshawaexpress.ca/new-organization-focused-on-tree-planting-promoting-sustainability/

Whitby, Ont., volunteer pays it forward during Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

“…After receiving support from the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign to get back on her feet, a Whitby woman is now paying it forward.

This marks the first year Lori MacNeil will be collecting donations for the campaign….”

Author: Aaron Streck
Date of Article: December 17, 2019
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6308837/whitby-volunteer-salvation-army-kettle-campaign/

Scugog provides $6,700 in support through community grants

“…Scugog has provided nearly $6,800 in financial support to community groups through its grant program in 2019.

The township’s grants advisory committee received 17 applications for monetary aid in 2019 and approved 15 of those requests, handing out $6,760. Scugog’s budget for 2019 included $8,000 for community grants, however the grants committee was unable to meet until March of this year due to the 2018 municipal election….”

Date of Article: December 11, 2019
Source: DurhamRegion.com
Website: https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/9767452-scugog-provides-6-700-in-support-through-community-grants/

Holidays are the purrrfect time to adopt a pet

“…With the holidays just around the corner, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is asking the public to add one more special someone to their holiday list.

The organizations have launched iAdopt for the Holidays, a national adoption campaign to find homes for as many animals as possible during a time of year when families are together and can help their new pet settle in….”

Date of Article: December 11, 2019
Source: The Oshawa Express
Website: https://oshawaexpress.ca/adopt-a-pet/

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad This Summer

“…Well hello summer! You’re finally here, forcing your unyielding heat and lengthy daylight hours on anyone who will listen. As the season rolls in, you are probably contemplating where you should go for your summer vacation. Have you ever considered volunteering abroad?…”

Author: Danielle Nelson
Date of Article: June 23, 2016
Source: The Huffington Post
Website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-nelson/why-you-should-volunteer-_b_10624642.html

Employee Volunteering Extends To The Polling Booth

“…Part of community impact is engaging in the civic life of communities, and that starts with electing national and local leaders. Holding elections hinges on the help of volunteers, so this area is one that’s ripe for employee involvement….”

Author: Ryan Scott
Date of Article: February 19, 2016
Source: Forbes
Website: http://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2016/02/19/employee-volunteering-extends-to-the-polling-booth/#42c475b52cca

Volunteering Abroad Doesn’t Have to Be an Introvert’s Nightmare

“…Voluntourism has a bad reputation. It’s supposed to help vulnerable communities, but often it seems like the only people to benefit are the volunteers, who get new content for their resume and photos for their Instagram….”

Author: Corinne Pinfold
Date of Article: February 18, 2016
Source: Huffington Post
Website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/corinne-pinfold/volunteering-abroad-doesnt-have-to-be-an-introverts-nightmare_b_9254852.html

Growth of the soul is our goal, and there are many ways to encourage that growth, such as through love, nature, healing our wounds, forgiveness, and service. The soul grows well when giving and receiving love. I nourish my soul daily by loving others and being vulnerable to their love. Love is, after all, a verb, an action word, not a noun.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.