Langley Volunteer Bureau’s Shirley Stewart and Karen Long staffed an information table at last weekend’s Country Celebration in South Langley. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

Langley Volunteer Bureau’s Shirley Stewart and Karen Long staffed an information table at last weekend’s Country Celebration in South Langley. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

Meet-and-greets spotlight volunteer needs in Langley neighbourhoods

Langley’s new volunteer bureau is building community by marrying people and organizations.

Karen Long has been out in the community shaking hands, meeting people, and encouraging them to consider volunteering.

She’s not running for political office – although her husband holds a seat. She and other members of the Langley Volunteer Bureau are simply trying to increase the profile of this community’s newest non-profit – a group with the sole goal of connecting willing and able volunteers with local organizations in need of help.

The organization consists of community-minded individuals focusing on the need for volunteers, for essential programs and events in Langley, Long elaborated.

To help familiarize people with this new organization, Langley Volunteer Bureau is hosting another meet-and-greet session.

A couple hundred people attended the spring event at the Douglas Rec Centre in Langley City, Long said.

Now, they’re anticipating similar attendance for the second meet-and-greet vent this Saturday, Sept. 23 at Willoughby Hall, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is the second of what she said will be multiple meet-and-greet events that will be hosted in different neighbourhoods around Langley in the coming months.

Also on the books is volunteer orientation, training, and educational sessions, the first starting as early as mid-October.

“On Oct. 18, we are inviting business and organizations who are interested in group volunteering to an orientation session at the Timms [Community] Centre from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,” she explained.

Langley Volunteer Bureau is also putting together a speaker series for non-profit organizations this fall, and expect to host a big event for volunteer month in April.

“We have had many encouraging comments on how Langley Volunteers is assisting local agencies find other avenues of recruiting volunteers,” Long said, noting there are already numerous agencies registered as participants:

• Langley Pos-Abilities

• Langley Meals on Wheels

• Langley Association for Community Living

• Langley Hospice

• Salvation Army Gateway of Hope

• Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

• Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

• Langley Rivermen Hockey Club

• Langley Elks #259

• Big Brother Big Sisters of Langley

• Langley Senior Resources Society

• Crohn’s and Colitis Canada- Fraser Valley West

• Langley Centennial Museum

• Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation

• CARES- Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter

• Soroptimist International of the Langleys

• Fort Langley National Historic Site (Parks Canada)

• BC Farm Museum

For more information, people can visit the meet-and-greet session Saturday. Otherwise, they can visit the website.

People are asked to RSVP by calling 604-897-7278, or emailing info@LangleyVolunteers.ca.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

rhooper@langleyadvance.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The new facility in construction a few months ago. (Critter Care/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Critter Care expands raccoon and skunk care centre

The Langley wildlife care centre takes in injured and orphaned animals

Cody Weatherston was involved in a car accident in which his car was T-boned while travelling down 16th Avenue in Langley. (GoFundMe)
Driver succumbs to injuries sustained during Boxing Day accident in Aldergrove

20-year-old Cody Weatherston suffered brain damage after being t-boned at 256th Street and 16th Ave

The forfeiture case based on seized gold and European cash is being held at the courthouse in Victoria. (Black Press Media files)
Province aims to seize gold, cash after cannabis raids at Langley homes

Police also found ammo, body armour, and a stun baton

The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is permanently closing, with plans to eventually set up in Armstrong, B.C. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Abbotsford Tulip Festival is closing, with plans to rebloom in Armstrong

Event organizer says pandemic and sale of land were factors in decision

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Kelowna couple welcomed their Nooner baby in December. (Flytographer)
Kelowna couple welcomes baby girl from Hotel Zed Nooner campaign

Nicole and Alex will now have 18 years of free stays at the hotel

Kyrell Sopotyk was drafted by the Kamloops Blazers in 2016 and played two seasons with the Western Hockey League club. (Photograph By ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW)
Kamloops Blazer paralyzed in snowboarding accident sparks fundraiser for family

As of Jan. 24, more than $68,000 had been raised to help Kamloops Blazers’ forward Kyrell Sopotyk

(Pixhere photo)
B.C. dentists argue for COVID-19 vaccine priority after ‘disappointing’ exclusion from plan

Vaccines are essential for dentists as patients cannot wear masks during treatment, argues BCDA

Hundreds participated in the Abbotsford Kisaan Tractor Rally on Sunday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Tractor rally in Abbotsford draws hundreds

Abbotsford Kisaan Tractor Rally occurred on Sunday

Most Read