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The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada • 66

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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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NEWS 10, 22 THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012 THURSDAY, MAY 10:2.012 19 36 THURSDAY, MAY 3012 LEADERPOST.COM/QC CITY VOLUNTEER FAIR Time is money at Timeraiser St By Ashley Martin It's a rare thing when everybody wins, but that's exactly what happens with Timeraiser, which pairs a silent art auction with volunteer recruitment. If you want to bid on the artwork, your money is no good you bid your time, in hours, to any of 24 volunteer agencies at the event. The artwork has already been paid for, thanks to financial partners who've spent up to $1,000 on each piece. is hopefully an easy way to bring people to causes and causes to people," said Amanda Lanoway of the United Way, which helped found the Regina event, taking place on May 15. The first Timeraiser happened in Toronto nine years ago.

Timeraiser is a great cause, said Leslie Gosselin of SaskEnergy, another founding partner. "Anybody who does volunteer work knows there's a shortage of volunteers, so any kind of recruitment strategy to foster volunteer participation is worthwhile," she said. But learning how to volunteer isn't always easy, said Laurie Sampson, executive director of AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan (APSS), one of the agencies seeking new volunteers at Timeraiser. "I know even from when I was a new mom looking for something to do, people don't know how to volunteer. If you've never been involved in the non-profit world, you don't know how to find opportunities, so this is a way to connect people who want to volunteer with agencies that are out there," said Sampson.

The Regina Humane Society is one of the agencies seeking volunteers through Timeraiser. FILE PHOTO BY TROY FLEECE "A lot of companies, each employee five hours a month or a certain ra- For example, explained Lanoway, the gram and packing supplies, in addi- is 20 hours and the maximum is 100 regardless of winning piece of art. gets and they're finding Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is tion to working on fundraisers, doing a "realistic" amount of volunteer The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on tio to go volunteer sometimes people aren't using those looking for volunteer carpenters to administrative work and serving on hours to be completed in one year, Tuesday, May 15 at the Casino Regina because they just help build display cases. the board.

Sampson estimates APSS said Lanoway. During that year, the Show Lounge. In addition to the art hours all the time don't know where to So this "(We want to) highlight for people needs about 30 volunteers per year. artwork will hang in the sponsors' auction and volunteer fair, there will really go. will be an avenue too for them to come that it's not all about stuffing enve- "With the limited resources we get offices.

be mingling, appetizers and a per out and see what kind of volunteer lopes, although that can be really im- from funders and fundraisers, in or- The goal is to raise 4,000 volunteer formance by J.J. Voss. To buy opportunities exist," Lanoway added. portant as well," she said. der to maintain our operation volun- hours at Timeraiser organizers ($20 each) or learn more about the ark The type of volunteer work is as At APSS, volunteer work means teers are critical," said Sampson.

are hoping people in attendance will pieces and volunteer agencies, visit diverse as the agencies themselves. helping with the needle-exchange pro- The minimum silent auction bid contribute 20 hours to a non-profit,

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