What is WCC Cares? It is our way of giving back and bringing more meaning to our lives and others.
The WCC Cares mission: To offer meaningful life-changing opportunities to our communities inspiring lifelong volunteerism.
WCC Cares day: Throughout the year, our 4 offices organize WCC Cares Days in our respective cities where staff, family, and friends of WCC come together to volunteer their time and give back to their communities. Our first WCC Cares day was held on Saturday April 13th, 2019. We spent the day giving back with One Tree Planted in Toronto, Citymeals on Wheels in New York, Mada Community Center in Montreal, and Diana Beach PATCH in Florida. Together, we recorded a total of 99 volunteer hours!
The back story: While operating teen summer programs with a community service focus since 2004, we’ve been moved by countless stories of how these experiences have had a direct and lasting impact on our staff, trip members and the communities involved. Always with the goal to help others, the rewards far exceed realizing the projects at hand. We’ve heard time and time again how volunteering has encouraged personal growth, cultural awareness, and a greater sense of community, leaving all those involved with a greater understanding of the role we play as global citizens.
Did you know? In 2018, Westcoast Connection participants, staff and other WCC Cares community members donated their volunteer hours to WCC Cares pushing us to achieve a total of 28,635 volunteer hours. The variety of non-profit organizations who benefitted was humbling. We are proud of the lives enriched and the impact we’ve made in communities around the world.
With over 35,000 alumni students and their families, we know there was more time that was spent volunteering and not submitted. When you submit your volunteer hours online, you help us get that much closer to our goal and also encourage others to take part in meaningful volunteer work. Imagine if one person from every alumni family volunteered only 2 hours of their time to help those in need? We’d be over 70,000 hours! Now that’s a WOW!
The goal: To further promote volunteerism, WCC Cares is gearing up to reach 32,500 volunteer hours in 2019!
We need your help! To achieve this goal we’re asking everyone in our network, full-time staff, summer staff, alumni and trip members to submit their volunteer hours throughout the year. By combining our efforts we can show just how committed our communities are to making volunteering a priority and to inspiring others.
Meet some of our service partners: Additionally, we continue to work with longstanding non-profit organizations to develop rewarding community service programs for the summers ahead.
Are you ready to give back in a big way?
Submit your 2019 volunteer hours:* Please only submit volunteer hours performed outside of a WCC summer program. We’ll calculate and add WCC summer program volunteer hours separately.