From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In general terms, volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons.”
According to Volunteer Canada, much of what Canadians take for granted is delivered to us by volunteers. The work of volunteers is essential to our communities and to our social fabric.
Why Do YOU Volunteer?
The main reasons why people volunteer:
§ It brings people together.
§ You get to meet new people and make new friends.
§ It promotes self-growth.
§ You can use your skills and learn new skills.
§ You make a difference.
§ Volunteering makes you feel appreciated and needed.
§ It provides an opportunity to give back what has been given to you.
§ It strengthens our community and breaks down barriers of fear and misunderstanding.
§ Volunteering builds your community.
§ Boost your own health.
§ Reduce your stress
§ Find new purpose
§ Benefits beyond your health
Volunteering is a big part of Canadian life. Many Canadians are generous when it comes to helping others. Every year, 12.5 million volunteers give their time, energy and skills to make our communities better. According to Volunteer Canada, much of what Canadians take for granted is delivered to us by volunteers. The work of volunteers is essential to our communities and to our social fabric.
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