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We have something incredible and heartwarming to share with you.
Our families, staff, and community give so much to us. Wee wanted to take some time to give back to them.
We also want to give you a starting list of organizations in the Greater Moncton Area where you can make an impact and feel good doing so by giving what we’ve been told (and realize) is the most valuable gift of all – your time. You’ll find that below.
Throughout December, we’ve been visiting our childcare centers in Moncton and Riverview with gifts in our sleigh. From beautifully crafted wreaths to holiday treats, the smiles these surprises bring leave an impression. They create joy and wonder and give us a chance to express how much we appreciate our staff. Our staff are with those most important to all of us each day, and we will continue to empower and encourage them throughout their career.
The above photo features some of the hardest working ladies you’ll ever meet. They put so much of their time into Wee College to make it the most comfortable place to learn, grow, play, and discover. From left to right: Chau Ny, Anabel Levesque, Sherri Bastarache, Kathy Smith, and Patricia Worthington-LeBlanc.
You may have also seen or heard about Wee College prancing around Moncton volunteering extra hands to help other organizations help others. Volunteering for us is always an experience. We meet new friends, share stories, laugh, and help create or improve something for others.
We have so much respect for others that devote themselves to causes important to them. We recently spent a few hours at the Ray of Hope Soup Kitchen in Moncton to prepare meals for those in need. We met a team of volunteers that spend anywhere from one to two days per week to every day of the week to make sure a hot meal is waiting for those who come in from the cold.
With a warm welcome, we got to work.
And we were mesmerized.
From a tour of a highly organized kitchen ran by volunteers with donations from the community to a warm and cozy seating area with space to relax and plenty of hot coffee and tea to enjoy with lunch served daily, we were proud to be part of it by:
Being a part of their daily operation was both fun and rewarding.
We heard stories of hardship from those who struggle to support their families and how many are left out in the cold with no place to go, sometimes waiting outside in the morning seeking the warmth of Ray of Hope. What’s wonderful about Ray of Hope is that they will never turn anyone away.
One volunteer that manages the kitchen daily has been with Ray of Hope for so long that she knows many – if not all – of the people that use their services. She sometimes puts in an extra scoop of rice or meat in take-out containers because she knows their family favorites.
While some of us have trouble cutting vegetables, we make up for it by being able to bake.
We baked, decorated, and delivered gingerbread men along with cookies from Sobeys’ bakery to deliver to the youth at Youth Impact.
The amount of gratitude and joy you feel when you receive a tin full of homemade cookies is so great, and we’re happy we were able to deliver some smiles, shown below. We’re not sure if all the cookies were devoured, but we’re willing to wager they were!
We also wanted to make sure everyone received something to open. We bought little gifts including personal items and lots of other surprises – all individually wrapped and placed in beautiful stockings to create a fun experience for youth in our community.
Youth Impact has been operating since 1985 and offers outreach programs and residential services for youth to help them achieve their dreams and find success.
Moncton Headstart holds different fundraisers each year with their biggest being their annual Chocolate for Charity. Another fun initiative is their Christmas Toyland which allows all children and youth to be able to open a new gift on Christmas morning.
Every child deserves to hold something dear, and we were extremely fortunate to be able to help deliver gifts this year.
There are so many organizations in Moncton that need help, and we’re certain you’ll be able to find a great place to volunteer in Moncton that you connect with. Below are just a few excellent options to get started.
Ray of Hope Soup Kitchen
Youth Impact (QUEST)
Harvest House Atlantic
Habitat for Humanity
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Moncton
Volunteering is rewarding, inspiring, and serves as a bridge to build better relationships with those around us.
Wee College will continue to support our community each year, and we encourage all our families to do the same. Find your passion, choose a cause, and dedicate as little as a few hours each month. Any amount of time you’re able to spend with others is valuable.
Do you currently volunteer anywhere in the Greater Moncton Area? We’d love to hear about your experiences and your recommendations for great places to volunteer in Moncton.