National Volunteer Week


It is National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating the #ValueofVolunteering with Volunteer Canada.

Mother Teresa once said, "I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."  The KWCF is extremely fortunate to have a team of volunteers who are creating ripples of change throughout our community.

During National Volunteer Week, we want to take the opportunity to recognize the individuals who are currently sharing their time, skills, experience and passion with us. Together we are enabling people, companies and organizations to Do More Good.

Click here to view our current list of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for one of our Granting Committees, please contact


As part of volunteer week, we asked Pari Karem, a member of the KWCF Grants Committee, to share her thoughts on the benefits of volunteering with the KWCF.

“Volunteering with the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation has been a very rewarding experience for me for many reasons. It fulfils my desire to: 

  • Give back to the community: I was raised to learn/believe that belonging starts from within by giving back to your community and environment. One of my grandmother’s favorite quotes was” if you drink from a river, you have to clean it up, at least take a stone out of its way”.
  • It is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and build social connections.
  • It is also an opportunity for personal and professional growth, as part of the Grants Committee I become aware/knowledgeable about many wonderful charitable organizations and the services they provide in our community. This knowledge is useful in my line of work, not only when referring clients and proving them with information about those services, but also in identifying real gaps and building on the existing services, when working on new program development.”