March 15th, 2018

Celebrating the value of volunteering during National Volunteer Week 2018 

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate volunteers. Join Volunteer Canada and Investors Group from April 15 to 21 to recognize the efforts of Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers in building confidence, competence, connections and community. This year’s theme focuses on the value of volunteering.

The magic of volunteering is that it creates value for all, from individuals and families to organizations and communities.

Volunteers themselves benefit from giving their time, by developing new skills, building connections, advocating for causes they care about and learning from others. Many volunteers will tell you that they get more than they give – and they give a lot.

In 2013, Canadian volunteers gave nearly two billion hours to their communities, fundraising, organizing events, sitting on committees and boards, teaching, coaching, counseling and more. Their efforts are the equivalent of nearly 1 million full-time jobs.

Volunteer involvement is vital for strong and connected communities. The effects of volunteering are diverse, reaching both near and far.

This year, we’re asking Canadians to reflect on the impact volunteers have on their quality of life. Celebrate National Volunteer Week by thanking a volunteer who has made a difference to you and your community.

Volunteer Canada has released an online campaign kit to help you start planning your volunteer appreciation events.  The kit includes templates and tips for social media, government and media relations, event planning and various graphics, including a poster, thank you card and recognition certificate. You can also visit the National Volunteer Week online gift store to purchase posters, thank you cards and other recognition items.


February 14, 2018

Beat the winter blues: Volunteer


Beat the winter blues: Volunteer!

Winters in Canada can be long and cold. It can be tempting to hibernate as much as possible outside of work or school obligations. One way to survive the winter in an enjoyable way – and help combat seasonal affective disorder at the same time – is to give back to the community.

Not only does volunteering make your community a better place, it improves your mental health. According to the Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, volunteering can lower your stress levels, make you feel physically healthier and increase your overall satisfaction with life. 

Volunteering also connects you to your community and introduces you to new people. Being around other people can improve your mood and help combat social isolation. Through volunteering, you meet like-minded people who are passionate about the same causes you care about.

Finally, volunteering can help you develop new skills or hone existing ones, turning the winter into a productive season. Skills-based volunteering highlights the mutually beneficial relationship of volunteering, benefiting both the volunteer and the organization.

And if it’s just too cold to leave the house, many organizations offer virtual volunteering opportunities that can be done from the comfort of the warm indoors. With technology, there are many ways you can contribute to an organization without being physically present.

To find a winter volunteer opportunity that’s right for you, reach out to your local volunteer centre. Youth between the ages of 15 and 30 can also access our online volunteer matching tool.




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