The Changing Face of Volunteering

Life + Learning

Shannon, Queen's Square | February 1, 2017

Volunteering is not just the purview of the retired these days. Statistics Canada’s most recent report showed that more than 47% of Canadians volunteered their time in 2010, the hourly equivalent of over 1 million full time jobs. Volunteers come from all walks of life, all sectors, all ages and communities; and the tasks they perform are as varied as the organizations they serve. Surprisingly, the highest rates of volunteering were found among Canadians who were younger, were single or in a relationship, or had young children at home.

Today’s volunteer positions offer, by design, opportunities to grow, learn, gain new skills or share established ones. Organizations seek volunteers from across generations, with varied backgrounds, different skill sets and priorities. By valuing the engagement of diverse people, they invite in a wealth of opportunities. Win-win is the mandate. Community growth is the game.