Peace and compassion for all.

As part of the Peace Days and Compassion Games festivities (September 11-21), agencies and organizations across North America are providing opportunities for people to volunteer and get involved in their communities.

United Way is partnering with our local Peace Days group by offering a number of opportunities for Winnipeggers to get involved in their community and expand their sense of compassion.

Peace Days & Compassion Games.

Event: CNIB Night Steps 5 km Fundraising Walk – A United Way of Winnipeg Day of Caring Event

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: Various volunteer opportunities from 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Venue: The Forks

Night Steps is a 5 km walk that takes place at dusk. The walk is designed to provide participants an opportunity to experience what CNIB clients face every day as they navigate their lives. Funds raised support CNIB’s Orientation and Mobility training program. This program teaches clients proper techniques for using white canes and ensures clients remain active and independent.

We are seeking up to 20 volunteers to help with various aspects of this event, including set-up, rainbow auction, registration, face painting, 50/50, food services, prize draws, and tear-down. Volunteer shifts vary depending on the roles listed above.

Email organizer Melissa Burgess at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca if you’d like to volunteer!

Event: United Way of Winnipeg Hygiene Product Donation Drive

Date: September 11, 2014 – September 21, 2014
Venue Name: United Way of Winnipeg
Address: 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

United Way of Winnipeg is collecting personal hygiene products (e.g. soap, shampoo, etc.) that will be disbursed to a number of community agencies that provide these items with their participants.

Email organizer Melissa Burgess at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca if you’d like to make a donation.

Event: Koats for Kids

Date: September 11, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Venue Name: United Way of Winnipeg
Address: 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Every year, from September to February, Koats for Kids distributes winter outerwear to children and families. For some children, having a warm coat means attending school on a cold day instead of staying home.

To help keep Winnipeg children warm this winter, we are looking for donations of new and gently used children’s winter outerwear including winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, and mittens.

From now until September 24, donations of gently used winter outerwear can be dropped off at United Way. After September 24, donations can also be dropped off at any Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Station, Perth’s, or AMJ Campbell Van Lines.

We also rely on volunteers to help us get all these donations sorted, assembled, and into the hands of children and families. Join us for a few hours so we can get these items out as quickly as possible.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, please call 204-586-5628 or email koats@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.