Bayanihan spirit lives in all of us

Bayanihan spirit lives in all of us

RBC, MFBC, QPAM & PHCM lend a helping hand at Winnipeg Harvest

Bayanihan is a Filipino term that refers to the entire efforts of a unified community at achieving a particular objective. The traditional example is where a community helps a family move to a new place. Led by Filipino employees at RBC Royal Bank, several groups and their members joined to lend a helping hand for Winnipeg Harvest. Members and accompanying family and friends of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC), Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM) and Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) all pitched in to help volunteer and donate to Winnipeg Harvest. For several participants, this was their first time volunteering at Winnipeg Harvest and giving back by volunteering is especially gratifying during the Christmas season.

During the volunteer orientation, everyone went through a tour of the Winnipeg Harvest facilities and given an eye opening view into their operations. Not only are they a food bank for many Winnipeg agencies, Winnipeg Harvest provides many new immigrants with valuable work experience opportunities and free training. This includes the opportunity for professionals to come in an train volunteers for any job related training. There are various ways our community can help Winnipeg Harvest. Donating food and money is always going to be a need. Volunteering and give back to the community with your time and experience is another opportunity that is often overlooked.

Volunteer orientations run regularly each month at Winnipeg Harvest. If you are interested in participating, you will learn about our mission, vision and goals. You will also have the opportunity to learn how Winnipeg Harvest functions on a daily basis and how you can help out! All are welcome to attend. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal