13.3 million Canadians contribute 2.1 billion hours, the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs (Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010).
About Volunteer Canada
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, we have been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects, national initiatives, resource development and by engaging in research and training across the country.
Volunteer Canada actively leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement and civil society. At the same time, it provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement.
These goals are achieved through its collaborative work with volunteer centres, community and national organizations and businesses alike.
Volunteer Canada’s vision is: Involved Canadians. Resilient communities. A vibrant Canada.
Volunteer Canada’s mission is to provide leadership in strengthening citizen engagement and to serve as a catalyst for voluntary action.
We develop and share opportunities that align with how Canadians want to give and make it easier for them to find those opportunities. We also work with a broad range of organizations, from individuals to local volunteer centres to national corporations with thousands of staff, with the aim of furthering volunteering in Canada.
When involved Canadians choose to share their time, energy and skills, others benefit and communities are improved. Those who give also benefit from the experience.
We raise the profile of volunteering and the value of community engagement, and, in doing so, we make it easier for volunteer organizations to attract, evaluate and retain volunteers.
We work with other non-profit organizations to ensure the value and success of their community engagement programs.
Similarly, we collaborate with businesses to improve the value and efficacy of private sector community efforts.
We connect public agencies with partners in other sectors to create effective and exciting community engagement initiatives.
Ultimately, we all benefit when Canadians are involved in their communities.
We do that through our national reach and singular focus on volunteering. We speak on behalf of our members and others to ensure that their views and concerns are heard wherever there is public policy debate concerning community engagement. We forge partnerships.
But we also do something else. We rely on a unique perspective.
Volunteering as seen through a unique lens
Our insight comes from original research and analysis, from thinking and experimenting, and from doing. An ever-expanding, multi-sector national network also shapes our perspective. Working with a broad range of partners guides us as we conduct research and develop new initiatives, but it also connects those partners to every corner and facet of Canada and enables them to share what they’ve learned and accomplished.
The outcome is a “network of insight” through which individuals and organizations are able to more effectively contribute to engaged communities.
And ultimately, this helps to reach our vision of more involved Canadians—a scenario that benefits everyone.