How to get involved with your community

November 3, 2015

Volunteering is the philanthropic act of giving back to society with an open heart. From wildlife conservation to teaching poor children, there are so many ways to give back to the community we live in.

How to get involved with your community

Reasons to volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people who share common interests. Volunteers come together when they offer selfless service to those who need it the most by assisting the underprivileged and the helpless.

Regardless of the motivation, those who have the courage and big heart to offer service without any return will certainly earn a sense of self-worth and respect, not to mention the invaluable skill development, the skill a volunteer acquires during a project is priceless.

How to pick suitable volunteer work

Picking suitable volunteer work can be tricky and time consuming. There are many opportunities for volunteer service all over the world. Picking what works best for an individual requires some introspection. Determining the reason and motivating factor behind volunteering is the first step to deciding the type of work one is willing to offer.

If someone is inclined to animals, they'll probably do better volunteering in a local animal welfare organization. If someone is gifted in art, they can teach art to the children in their local community. If someone is great with the older population, delivering meals to the elderly or giving them rides to appointments would be a good fit.

Where to go

Once you have identified a line of work, try searching for volunteer sites online. Sites like this share a pool of information about where to volunteer in Canada with an option to find local volunteer centres. These websites can also provides a comprehensive guide for Canadians interested in participating in volunteer programs abroad. The Canadian Red Cross also offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities.

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