Ontario Volunteer Centre Network
c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601
Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
(905) 238-2622 x...
Ontario Volunteer Centre Network
c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601
Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
(905) 238-2622 x...
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Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge- Youth Across Ontario "ChangeTheWorld" Through Volunteering!

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Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge- Youth Across Ontario "ChangeTheWorld" Through Volunteering!

  1. 1. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 (905) 238-2622 x228 ctw@ovcn.ca http://ctw.ovcn.ca/ For Immediate Release June 23, 2014 40,000 Ontario youth volunteers break ChangeTheWorld records once again Ontario youth contributed 210,000 volunteer hours in 6 weeks BRAMPTON, Ont. – The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) wrapped up the 2014 ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, which was held from April 6 to May 19, and is pleased to announce the final results. In total, 40,000 youth volunteered a total of 210,000 hours in their local communities during the 6-week campaign— surpassing the target of 33,000 volunteers. “After completing our 7th year of the ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, youth are still more committed than ever to be taking part and expressing their interests and passions through volunteering and this campaign not only provides them with the opportunity to give back, but also to gain valuable skillsets in the process”, says Carine Strong, Steering Committee Chair of the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. “The year over year increased success of the campaign is a true testament to the strength of a collaborative effort across the province. On behalf of the OVCN (Ontario Volunteer Centre Network) a huge thank you goes out to the 23 participating Volunteer Centres for their valued support, as well as all of the participating community organizations, schools, youth groups and sponsors.” ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with the OVCN. It is a province-wide campaign for youth aged 14 to 18 years old to volunteer through a wide variety of local initiatives with one goal, to get high school students to volunteer in their community. This year, ChangeTheWorld was extended to a 6-week campaign allowing for more time to encourage youth engagement, to create volunteer opportunities, and to develop community collaboration. -MORE-
  2. 2. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 (905) 238-2622 x228 ctw@ovcn.ca http://ctw.ovcn.ca/ A key component of this campaign is the opportunity to provide youth with the freedom to take charge of their own volunteer initiatives. This year, youth participated and/or organized volunteer activities to include environmental cleanups, food drives for their local food bank, variety shows, and by raising awareness for various causes through numerous fundraisers and events for local community service organizations. “It has been a true honour to witness these youth in action, and not only see the results of all their efforts, but to be able to provide them with the recognition they deserve,” says Lily Ostos, Program Coordinator for the ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge (OVCN). “The impact is immeasurable. It is not without the tireless support and commitment from the network of Volunteer Centres, and their ability to engage, encourage, and motivate Ontario youth to understand the true value of volunteering.” Next year’s 2015 ChangeTheWorld campaign will take place from April 12 to May 24, which coincides with the launch of National Volunteer Week (April 12 to 18). The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is an unincorporated network of 24 Volunteer Centres in Ontario, guided by a volunteer steering committee. The mandate of OVCN is to provide a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario to promote and develop volunteerism. For more information, please visit www.ovcn.ca or www.ctw.ovcn.ca Media Contact: Lily Ostos, Program Coordinator, ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, ctw@ovcn.ca (905) 238-2622 ext. 228.

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