April 20, 2023
By Kim Umbach
A piece of thread is easily snapped in two, but when woven together with other thread, the resulting fabric is strong. So it is with our vast network of PWRDF volunteers, working together to weave the stories of our partners’ successes from all over the world into the lives of Anglicans across Canada.
National Volunteer Week (April 16 – 22, 2023) invites us to pause and celebrate our individual and collective actions to create a strong, interconnected and vibrant community. PWRDF simply could not function without the dedication of our volunteers: Diocesan Representatives, parish representatives, Youth Council, Board members, Mapping Exercise facilitators and countless others who make PWRDF stronger by sharing their time, talent and energy.
They organize fundraisers, write announcements, prepare meals and events, share our promotional materials, produce videos and podcasts, create PowerPoint presentations, attend PWRDF webinars, participate in the Wild Ride and everything they can to learn about PWRDF. Without them, the fabric of PWRDF would be full of gaping holes!
We’re all about partners
There are 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the final one is all-encompassing: Partnerships for the Goals. In its five-year strategic plan, PWRDF identifies working in partnership as a key objective to success. Partnership is a relationship in which each partner has equal status, common interests, a certain independence, and also implicit and formal obligations to the other.
We often talk about our implementing partners who do the work, and our institutional partners who grant us a wider access. But it is our volunteers in Canada who are perhaps our most important partners. They connect the Anglican in the pew to the woman farmer in a remote village in Tanzania, to the family struggling to survive in Ukraine, to Indigenous communities in Canada working to reclaim their culture and language.
Ubuntu is the African idea of personhood. Roughly translated, it means “I am because you are.” In a more philosophical sense, ubuntu means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” Partnership has allowed people, through PWRDF, to weave their own interconnectedness with others far away. It gives them the power to help improve the lives of others by contributing to positive changes in the world.
This National Volunteer Week, join us in thanking our tireless volunteers.