Cold Lake celebrates community volunteers with fair and pancake breakfast

Organized by the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Kim Schmidtz, FCSS manager, says the event aims to connect volunteer organizations with eager individuals looking to make a difference in their community.

“Our inspiration was to host an event where volunteer organizations and people interested in volunteering can meet. At the event, the volunteer organizations can promote their programs, celebrate the positive impact of their volunteers, and recruit new volunteers. Volunteers can learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities available in our community and connect with volunteer programs that best match their interests and abilities,” said Schmidtz, emphasizing the significance of the occasion.

The free pancake breakfast served as a token of gratitude to the selfless volunteers whose dedication strengthens the fabric of the community.

“The free pancake breakfast is our way of saying thank you... to the countless community volunteers whose efforts build a strong, supportive and engaged community,” said Schmidtz.

The event, held at Heritage Hall inside the Cold Lake Seniors Society Building, offered a larger venue, accommodating the growing number of attendees who are eager to explore volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers from various sectors from all backgrounds came together.

“Volunteers are essential, they are the backbone of many community not-for-profit agencies, recreation associations, cultural associations, environmental associations, animal welfare groups, medical charities, and organizations that support vulnerable people including disabled people, children, seniors, and those facing food and housing insecurity,” Schmidtz emphasized

Highlighting the impact of volunteerism in Cold Lake, Schmidtz recounted the success of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

“In the 2022 tax year, our talented volunteers filed over 500 tax returns, which equated to $2.9 million dollars of benefits for local seniors, students, and families. This free service is only possible due to the dedication of our volunteers.”

Schmidtz extended an open invitation to the community, encouraging individuals to explore the diverse volunteer opportunities available year-round.

Chantel Downes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Lakeland This Week