The Welland International Flatwater Centre is launching a new program that can allocate a total of $15,000 in stipend funds to local non-profit community groups in exchange for volunteer hours.
The program is an effort to create a more compelling volunteer program for WIFC, which is in need of a broad range of volunteers including boat drivers and parking assistants for four events throughout the summer.
Each shift worked will earn stipend funds that will be directed to the non-profit sport or community group of the volunteer's choice.
Interested volunteers will be placed into an appropriate volunteer position and receive all the perks available including a complimentary lunch, a volunteer's t-shirt and free event participation.
Youths can also receive volunteer hours towards their high school credits for community involvement.
“We're elated to have the stipend program this year and have the opportunity to benefit local organizations while welcoming back volunteers from the past and also being introduced to new volunteers,” said Richard Dalton, Welland’s manager of recreation and culture.
“Building a family of volunteers at the WIFC is important to us and essential to running high-level events.”
Volunteers can sign-up at, wifc.ca/site/volunteer.