With hectic lifestyles and many competing demands on their time, why are so many Canadians willing to become involved as volunteers?
People volunteer because:
- they want to feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
- they like working with people and making new friends.
- they want to learn new things and build their skills.
- they know that the community needs them.
- it’s a great asset to a resume.
What can volunteering do for you?
- Volunteering can improve your HEALTH, providing a heightened sense of well being.
- Volunteering can improve your COMMUNICATION ability.
- Volunteering provides the opportunity to learn new SKILLS.
- Volunteering can give you a better UNDERSTANDING of people.
- Volunteering can improve the QUALITY of your life.
- Volunteering can boost your CAREER options.
- Volunteering can build your SELF-CONFIDENCE.
- Volunteering can create more FUN in your life.
- Volunteering can reinforce your sense of PURPOSE.
- Volunteering allows you to meet new and interesting people and to forge new FRIENDSHIPS.
What can volunteering do for seniors?
- Physical activity is key to a long, happy life.
- Volunteering gives the “helper’s high” and has physiological benefits similar to exercise and yoga.
- Volunteering with diverse age groups breaks down stereotypes.
- Volunteering helps you to “use it or lose it”, in other words to retain and build on a lifetime of skills, experiences, and wisdom.
- Volunteering lets you give back to your community.
- Volunteering helps you to maintain relationships.
What can volunteering do for young people?
- Volunteering can offer the opportunity to uncover your talents and abilities.
- Volunteering can help you to explore career possibilities and learn likes and dislikes.
- Volunteering enables you to make contacts and build a network.
- Volunteering allows you to gain self-confidence.
- Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become more independent.
- Volunteering allows you to obtain your volunteer hours in order to graduate from school.
- Volunteering allows you to be involved, make a difference, and ultimately help to make a better world.
- Volunteering builds skills.