Chatham-Kent youth contributed 20,846 volunteer hours in six weeks 

United Way of Chatham-Kent along with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) wrapped up the 2014 ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, which was held from April 6 to May 19. This year’s Chatham-Kent target was to encourage 619 youth to contribute 2,476 volunteer hours. This goal was clearly no challenge for our local youth! A total of 641 youth aged 14 to 18 volunteered a generous 20,846 hours. 

The Chatham-Kent youth contributed to the provincial total of 40,000 youth and 210,000 hours. There were 24 Ontario Volunteer Centres that participated in surpassing the provincial goal of 33,000 youth with an average of three hours each. 

Erica Kitchen, United Way of Chatham-Kent Youth Engagement Coordinator says, “We are very thankful to all the youth and numerous nonprofit organizations that participated in the challenge. It is great to see the youth of today giving back to our community and understanding the importance of being an engaged citizen.” Kitchen continued with saying “Daryl Zimmer, hired on a short term contract to assist with this year’s ChangeTheWorld event, was instrumental in coordinating the efforts of everyone involved. We could not have exceeded the targets or have hoped to be as successful in this campaign without him!” 

The ChangeTheWorld- Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a call to action for youth aged 14 to 18 years to volunteer through a wide variety of exciting community initiatives. ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). 

United Way of Chatham-Kent is eagerly awaiting the start of next year’s 2015 ChangeTheWorld campaign which will take place from April 12 to May 24. The launch of ChangeTheWorld 2015 coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 12 to 18). 

For more information about this years challenge or to get involved with next year’s initiative, please contact Erica Kitchen, Youth Engagement Coordinator at Erica@uwock.ca or 519-354-0430.