National Volunteer Week takes place April 24-30, 2022. This year’s theme: Volunteering is Empathy in Action.

We couldn’t agree more with that sentiment! SPECTRUM currently has 19 volunteers, including our Board of Directors, who live this theme every day. SPECTRUM provides more than 30 different groups and activities each month, and most of these are facilitated by volunteers who donate their time and talent to help build community for 2SLGBTQ+ people here in Waterloo Region.

Human connection is at the heart of what our volunteers do. Whether they are facilitating peer support groups, drop-in social sessions, or planning community events, our volunteers are putting empathy into action. They are helping to build a community where people feel a stronger sense of belonging and wellness. In the first quarter of 2022, 649 people have participated in our programs and our volunteers have provided more than 256 hours to make that possible!

We’re extremely grateful to our SPECTRUM family for their gift of volunteerism. Thank you for helping us work towards our vision of an inclusive community where all 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are welcomed, celebrated, and supported as their authentic selves.


SPECTRUM offers a safe place where LGBTQ2+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.