Volunteering brings new possibilities – and meaningful benefits
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration that aims to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. Over 800 dedicated volunteers at the Cummings Centre attest to the vital role that they play in their ability to offer a wide range of programs and services to Montreal’s 50+ community.
McGill University Computer Science student Michaela Elhadad recently resumed her volunteer work at the Centre. As a past participant in LEDA, the volunteer department’s leadership program for high school students, the experience was so enriching that she decided to come back. “Being able to help others is a great thing and it makes me feel good,” said Elhadad. “It is also a good break from university, applying my skills and interacting with people. The Centre is such a welcoming environment.”
Doug Roseman, who brings his career experience in the computer field, has been volunteering at the Cummings Centre for almost 5 years. “The volunteer work has been great,” said Roseman, who is semi-retired. “I like to leverage my skills in the tech area and stay productive. Volunteers are immensely appreciated here and there is also no shortage of opportunities to get involved and help out.”
Lynn Gordon, Director of Volunteer Services at the Cummings Centre, strongly maintains that volunteers have the opportunity to grow and learn while giving back to the community. The Centre offers stimulating opportunities and flexible scheduling in warm and vibrant surroundings.
In appreciation of the tireless and dedicated volunteers at the Cummings Centre, there will be an afternoon of entertainment for volunteers on April 8. To reserve contact Joy Lawee at 514.734.1805.
On Tuesday May 7, the Cummings Centre will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5700 Westbury Avenue, where potential volunteers can tour the Centre and discover how they can contribute their time meaningfully. For more information, contact the Volunteer Department at 514.734.1791.
The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis. In addition to its main campus at 5700 Westbury Avenue in Montreal, programs are offered at several off-site locations including the West Island, Cote Saint-Luc, St.Laurent, Westmount, Chomedey and Florida.
For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.