Appreciating volunteers working with children and youth

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - As Ontario celebrates Volunteer Appreciation
Week, Children's Aid Societies recognize those community members, parents,
teachers and retirees who give of their time to support vulnerable children,
youth and their families. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of
Ontario's children and youth.
    Every year, thousands of Ontarians volunteer at their local Children's
Aid Society (CAS) to support children, youth and families. Each of Ontario's
53 mandated child welfare agencies are governed by an elected, volunteer board
of directors who provide leadership and guidance. In 2007, 43 agencies
involved community members in volunteer programs:

    -   5,057 volunteers
    -   735,506 volunteer hours completed
    -   26,909,960 kilometers driven by volunteers

    Ontario's most vulnerable children and youth need the help and support of
people who care about their well-being. "The time a volunteer spends with a
young person tutoring them, driving them to appointments or mentoring them is
invaluable," says Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, Ontario Association of
Children's Aid Societies (OACAS).
    Many Children's Aid Societies have opportunities for interested community
members to participate in improving the lives of children and youth. Ontario's
Children's Aid Society volunteers are part of a team that includes agency
staff and foster parents. Volunteers' valuable contributions enable agencies
to provide enriched services to children, youth and their families. Volunteers
benefit from training, supervision and recognition for their contributions. If
you are interested in volunteering, contact your local CAS to learn more.
    OACAS joins Ontario's CASs in acknowledging the dedication of the
volunteers in child welfare during Volunteer Appreciation Week.
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For further information:

For further information: Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern, Communications
Director, Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, (416) 987-9648,,

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