House of Lazarus pulling back the curtains with Open House

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MOUNTAIN— For anyone wondering what it might be like to volunteer at House of Lazarus (HOL), the team is ready to pull back the curtains and offer a guided tour of what happens behind the scenes.

On Wednesday, May 15, HOL Volunteer Coordinator Vicki Cane will be welcoming visitors to a two-hour Open House between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Mountain-based food bank and outreach mission. This event will include a volunteer orientation session, as well as an overview of the House of Lazarus and its many programs and services. The event will also include an opportunity to speak with team leaders one-on-one and tour the facility.

Currently, HOL has more than 100 volunteers helping out in various ways from working on-site in the stores and drop-off centre to helping out with the Linking Hands Green Food Box program. There are volunteer opportunities of all shapes and sizes.

“We try to find the right position for each volunteer,” Cane said. “We look at whether they want short– or long- term volunteer opportunities. We look at their availability. We look at their accessibility needs. We look at their preferences. For example, do they prefer working with the public or behind the scenes? We look at their reasons for volunteering. We help our volunteers find the position that is right for them, the one that meets their needs and goals.”

Volunteers are a necessity at House of Lazarus and there are many positions available in the stores, ware- house, and sorting areas, as well as with various outreach initiatives, including the Green Food Box program and the Places for People affordable housing project.

“The generosity and hard work of our volunteers empowers House of Lazarus to offer programs that are making a real difference in our community,” Cane said. “We recognize that our successes are in large part due to the continued and valiant efforts of our many volunteers.”

For more information, please contact Cane at vcane@houseoflazarus.com or by phone at 613-989-3830.

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