A Message from Volunteer Canada

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Recently, in newspapers across the country, Volunteer Canada's president Ruth MacKenzie called upon the federal government to invest in our nation's voluntary sector and its 12 million volunteers. Click here to read her op-ed article. We want to thank all of our partners and supporters who helped in sharing this with their local media networks.

But there is more work to be done. As you may know, the federal government's Budget 2009 failed to recognize the critical role of volunteers in driving our nation's economy. In the weeks and months ahead, more and more organizations and volunteers will face growing pressures in meeting the demands of those in need. From local food banks to large hospitals, Canada needs to embrace volunteerism as part of its social and economic infrastructure. Now, more than ever, the federal government needs to provide leadership and support to make that happen. Click here to read Volunteer Canada's response to Budget 2009.

Over the next little while, your local Member of Parliament will be working with his/her Party's caucus to discuss and negotiate various aspects of the federal budget. Now is the time for you to speak up and let your voice be heard. Ask your local MP to support volunteerism in your community - it doesn't just happen. It is time for the federal government to invest in the necessary infrastructure to better recruit, engage and retain Canada's volunteers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jung-Suk Ryu, Manager of Communications, at 613.231.4371 ext. 226 or jryu [at] volunteer [dot] ca (e-mail).