A passion for volunteers | The Kingston Whig Standard

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We were excited to launch our four new videos last week. They “went live” on YouTube at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 25. The production took several months of hard work from our volunteers, customers, staff and production company.

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The first project to create videos to help tell the story of our agency goes back more than 10 years. It was time for an update and in 2019 a proposal was written and submitted to the Government of Canada’s New Horizons Program. In March 2020, we learned that the project had been funded, but we all know what else happened that month. With all of our focus on supporting seniors during a pandemic, we weren’t able to launch the New Horizons project.

It became apparent that organizations across the country needed to put their energies elsewhere and the funder allowed grantees to defer. We could have even reallocated the funds, but we really wanted to do the new videos.

In fall 2021, we launched after a year and a half delay. We hired a project manager and One Look Productions. The staff members did a lot of work – they were on all the shoots; set up pitches; recruited volunteers and clients.

Ryan Snyder and Darryl from One Look Productions were fabulous to work with. Ryan has been involved in our past video projects. Their company brought care, professionalism, skill and expertise to the project.

As we launch these four stunning new videos, we have the Government of Canada’s New Horizons Program to thank; Ryan and Darryl of One Look Productions; Lesley Lavender of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce for permission to use the You are Welcome Here graphic; to Barb Proctor, our Board Chair and all of our Board of Directors for their support of all the projects we undertake; our small and mighty team of staff members who always step up to implement our mission and vision – the freedom and dignity of choice, the comforts of home, a passion for volunteers.

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A special thank you to our customers for their willingness to talk about Community Care in a film for the world to see; and the incredible, truly caring volunteers who make everything we do possible. Some of these volunteers were in the videos. It is the volunteers who make it possible for Community Care to help the elderly to live at home.

The new videos are on the Community Care YouTube channel. Go to www.youtube.com and search “communitycareseniors” to see the four new videos and all the other videos we have produced. Please also encourage your friends and family to watch the videos. Each video is approximately three minutes long.

We encourage all seniors who need help living at home to contact Community Care. And anyone with a few hours to spare, you’ll hear on the videos how satisfying it is to volunteer at Community Care. Call 613-476-7493, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org We look forward to hearing from you.

Debbie MacDonald Moynes is executive director of the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association.