At NYCH, we have a fantastic group of volunteers. So, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who generously share their time and expertise across our organization.
Meet Mitra - she has been volunteering as a Language Facilitator in our ECC and WECC since January 2013.
Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?
A: I do it because of a couple of reasons: To match my personality and interests; to share my knowledge and communication skills with newcomers; to create a fun learning environment for them to overcome their language and cultural barriers; and to help them improve their self-confidence and self-esteem in expressing their stories freely.
Q: How did you get connected with North York Community House?
A: I was introduced to Ms. Maxine McKoy, Volunteer Coordinator, by one of the NYCH staff and after having an interview, I started my volunteering position as a Language Facilitator in ECC and WECC since January 2013.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about volunteering at NYCH so far?
A: Volunteering at NYCH gives me a natural sense of accomplishment, doing good for others and the community.
Q: Why do you think volunteering is important?
A: Volunteering benefits both the society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for active participation and civic engagement. In short, volunteering protects your mental and physical health.
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)?
A: I wish I had the superpower of “Flying” and see the world from a bird’s eye view. Being able to travel anywhere that I like, especially when I miss my family and friends back home. To be with them in a flash of light!
We're so grateful for the efforts of all our volunteers, and hope to feature many more of them on our blog. If you would like to volunteer with North York Community House, please submit an online application.