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Friday, February 18, 2011

Volunteering is good for the heart and the soul


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.

Did You Know?
Volunteering is a way to bolster community ties. It offers individual rewards, too. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, "Close to two-thirds of those who felt a very strong or somewhat strong sense of community belonging reported excellent or very good general health."  (Statistics Canada, Health Reports, June 2008)
Volunteering builds your social networks, increases your skills, reduces stress and promotes health and wellness.  In Canada, there are over 161,000 non-profit community organizations, charities, service clubs, foundations and aid agencies that are looking for new volunteers.   "It's no coincidence that those who volunteer, who give of themselves and who take an active part in their community end up, on average, healthier and happier."  (Dr. David Butler Jones, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada). 

Over the years I have volunteered in many capacities, ie chaperone on school trips, local swim club, Sunday school teacher, serving on Church Board,  and hike leader, to name a few    I have learned so much  by volunteering which has also benefited me in my work life too. 

National Volunteer Week is coming April 10-16, 2011.    National Volunteer Week (NVW) pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy.   Take time to thank the volunteers who serve in your community.    Are you a volunteer ?   If not, take time to consider becoming one.

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."   --Ghandi
“The greatest service to yourself is service to others!” --Unknown
"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give." --  Anon
“ What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”  --  Aristotle (384-322 BC)
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
--St. Francis of Assisi

1 comment:

  1. "and experience hope; and hope makes not ashamed."

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