The Golden Women’s Resource Centre (GWRC) facilitates some vital programs for the community, but would not be able to offer many of their services without the help of volunteers.
“We have some very skilled and dedicated volunteers here at the centre,” said Elina Salonen, the volunteer co-ordinator with the GWRC.
Salonen is working on getting some new volunteer-run programs going, and is eager to get some more people in the community involved in the centre.
“The great thing about getting involved in these programs now is that they’re just beginning. This is a chance for volunteers to bring their creativity and really set the focus for these programs,” she said.
The GWRC will get these groups off the ground, but the hope is that some passionate volunteers come forward to keep them going.
The programs include a court watch program, a nannies on call program, a workshop series, and a support group for moms whose spouses work out of town.
“The shape that these programs take will depend on the volunteer base that we get, as well as some of the legalities we have to be aware of,” said Salonen.
Especially when it comes to sensitive issues like court cases, the centre has to be careful to respect the law and the people moving through the legal system.
But the sky is the limit when it comes to the workshop program, and any community member who wants to impart some of their knowledge or expertise on a group of women is welcome to join in.
“It’s a really rewarding experience to volunteer and connect with people,” said Salonen.
Anyone interested in getting involved can stop by the women’s centre. They are currently looking for female volunteers, however there are men’s programs operating in town. So if any males are interested in volunteering the women’s centre can point them in the right direction.