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United Way Challenges KFL&A Youth to Change the World

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2013

United Way Challenges KFL&A Youth to Change the World

Opportunity for High School Students to Participate Over Four Weeks in April

The United Way Volunteer Centre is challenging young people throughout the region to spend a few hours making a difference in our community and in the world.

Change the World: The Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is coming to KFL&A from April 21 to May 22.

As part of National Volunteer Week celebrations, the United Way Volunteer Centre is encouraging high school students to take up the challenge by committing to a volunteer activity during the designated four-week period and logging the hours they’ve volunteered. The Volunteer Centre is targeting a goal of 1,000 total volunteer hours in KFL&A between April 21 and May 22.

KFL&A participated in the Ontario Youth Challenge for the first time in 2012 with 834 youth volunteering for 2,498 hours which exceeded our community’s goal of 90-140 youth volunteering for 300-500 hours.

“We’re looking forward to using this challenge to introduce even more high school students to the benefits of volunteering,” says United Way President and CEO Bhavana Varma. “The Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a great way to get young people engaged in the community”

Students who are already engaged in volunteer activities can take part in the Challenge by tracking their hours during the challenge period and submitting them to their Student Services Department. Students who would like to participate but aren’t affiliated with a volunteer activity can call the United Way Volunteer Centre to learn about available volunteer opportunities or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca

Students are encouraged to volunteer a minimum of three hours over the four week period to be included in the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. All hours will count toward high school community involvement activity credits. Tracking forms are available on the United Way website or through High School Student Services.

This initiative is made possible with funding support from the government of Ontario.

About United Way Volunteer Centre
Established in 2011, the United Way Volunteer Centre matches individuals in KFL&A looking to volunteer with not-for-profit organizations that have volunteer opportunities.


Media Contact:
Bhavana Varma, CEO, United Way KFL&A
613-542-2674, ext. 2   bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca

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