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Volunteering – Where To Start

Volunteering – Where To Start

 

Volunteering is a selfless act that allows you to share the gift of your time and talents with others without any expectation of anything in return. Many volunteers have stated that as a result of volunteering, they actually believed that they received more from the experience than the people that they were helping.

Volunteering has also been proven to be good for your health. In a study commissioned by Volunteer Canada, Manulife Financial and Health Canada, Dr. Neena Chappell, Director of the Centre on Aging, University of Victoria, looked at the links between volunteering and health. She observed that people, who give their time to a volunteer activity especially if it involves helping others, are happier and healthier in their later years. So not only will you help make someone else feel good, you will feel better too!

Where To Start

There are just so many worthy causes who could use help. Our suggestion is to find something that you feel passionate about and would like to support.

We have provided just a snapshot of some of the possible options where you could volunteer. As we mentioned, there are just so many different organizations that could use your help – just find the one that best suits you.

  • The article – Voluteering…. A Booming Trend details some of the trends in Canada of volunteering and provides some ideas on how to get started.
  • The Volunteer Canada website provides links, information and resources about volunteering in Canada. As well, they have a matching website for you to find volunteer opportunities based on your personal skills and interest. There is even a specific area for older adults which provides additional resources.
  • Have you ever thought of being a mentor to others and sharing your experience and knowledge? Big Brothers and Big Sisters have an extensive mentoring program that you could be involved in.
  • Do you have business skills? You could possibly share your business skills and help a young entrepreneur through the Canadian Youth Business Federation (CYBF)
  • Did you realize that close to 900,000 Canadians are supported by Food Banks and 38% of those helped are either children or youth? Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing Food Banks across Canada and there are plenty of ways that you can support them. Find out more about how you can help here.
  • Sixteen of Canada’s leading health charities have established a network called Healthpartners. Click here to get the descriptions of their mandates and their website addresses.
  • Not only do people need help but so do animals. Have you ever thought about fostering a pet? This article published by Canadian Living outlines what is required and how you can get involved.
  • If you are interested in finding out more about a specific Canadian charity (for example, whether they are registered under the Income Tax Act, information about the charity, etc.), you can search the Online Charities Listing managed by Canada Revenue Agency.

No matter what organization you choose to support and volunteer – spending your time helping others is always a good thing!

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