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Why we volunteer:
Canadians state that the primary reason they volunteer is to contribute to their communities. The next two major reasons are to use skills and experience and because they have been personally affected by the cause. The breakdown is as follows:
• Make a contribution to community (93%);
• Use skills and experience (78%);
• Personally affected by the organization’s cause (59%);
• Explore one’s own strengths (48%);
• Their friends volunteer (48%);
• Network with others (46%);
• Improve job opportunities (22%); and
• Fulfill religious obligations or beliefs (21%).
Plus! It makes us feel great!
What is family volunteering?
Family volunteering is increasingly gaining prominence as a specific form of volunteering in Canada. Organizations are recognizing the tremendous benefits associated with involving intergenerational groups. Not only can families benefit organizations in terms of quality of help, but children, youth, parents, and grandparents offer diverse perspectives, experiences and skills. Family volunteering provides an opportunity to further connect families through shared activities.
Family volunteering helps families with:
- Busy Schedules – It is challenging for families to find enough time since they are juggling their schedules to meet the needs of all the other family members, which can include babies, young children, young children and teens and, increasingly, also aging parents and family members.
- Value Family Cohesion – Families perceive that volunteering together provides a thread to connect various member of a family.
- Feature generational differences –Want to pass on work ethic through demonstration
- Pass on Values – Parents often look for ways to involve their teenage children in volunteering in order to instill values, shift attitudes of entitlement and boost social awareness.
(Bridging the Gap: Enriching the Volunteer Experience to build a Better Future for our Communities)(Building Blocks for Family Volunteering. Tool and Resources for Volunteering by Volunteer Canada and Manulife Financial – available online)
What is Employer Supported Volunteering?
What is ESV?
As described by Volunteer Canada, employer supported volunteering is, “a continuum of employer support for employee volunteer activities. It describes a company that voluntarily supports its employees’ involvement in the community. Typically, employer-supported volunteer initiatives are integrated into the workplace and involve various levels of employee involvement and expenditure.”
What kind of volunteering can you do?
Anything and everything! ESV could be hosting a BBQ for a local organization, cleaning up parks as a team, serving at a soup kitchen, organizing a fundraiser, and much more. If you’re looking for a specific organization to get involved with or a list of volunteer opportunities please see our current volunteer opportunities page.
Why is ESV important?
Many non-profit organizations are delivering multiple services with minimal resources and rely heavily on the support of volunteers. With the increasing demand for community programs and decreasing supply of resources, volunteers play a crucial role in creating a stronger community. By encouraging employees to volunteer our city will see the “Community Gains”:
Enriched Community Life
- Community organizations with more human resources and a wider variety of skills delivering enhanced health, education, and social services
- Citizens with access to more programs and services
- New partners for government in service provision
- Enhanced historical, artistic and cultural richness for citizens to enjoy
Return On Investment
- Competitive Edge: ESV creates a competitive edge as your business takes initiative to value corporate social responsibility and corporate community involvement. This creates an enhanced company reputation, increased consumer loyalty, and greater attractiveness to prospective and current employees.
- Cost Effective: It is also one of the most cost-effective ways to show your commitment to the community, while at the same time reaping the rewards that have a direct impact on the business bottom line. Employers whose employees volunteer gain a more highly skilled workforce. Employees whose employers support their involvement in the community are more loyal to their employer and stay longer, reducing the costly need to recruit and train replacements.
- Win-Win-Win-Win-Win: ESV demonstrates a rare example of a win-win-win-win-win situation through which the community, individual citizens, governments, business, and employees gain. Employee attitude, customer relations, and sales have also been linked to the benefits of volunteering as well.
Choose your level of involvement:
- Acknowledge Volunteerism
- Encourage Volunteerism
- Enable Volunteerism
- Facilitate Volunteerism
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- Services for Organizations
- Businesses should develop written policies on employee volunteering
- Recognize the contributions of employee volunteers
- Encourage or accommodate employee volunteering during work hours
After you have established how involved you would like your organization to be in ESV, contact Volunteer Terrace to see how we can assist you in your initiatives.
(Volunteer Canada, April 2 2015)
What is youth volunteering?
Myth: Young Canadians are not engaged citizens. The 2013 General Social Survey – Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that for more than a decade younger people have volunteered more than any other age group. In fact, 66% of Canadians aged 15–24 are involved in volunteering. This puts young people well above the national average of 44%.
If we engage youth effectively, we can keep Canada’s voluntary sector strong. As many of Canada’s seniors retire from their volunteer careers, youth will have a vital role to play in building resilient communities.
It’s critical that organizations give youth positive volunteer experiences. Doing so can teach them the value of civic participation and lead to lifelong involvement among youth.
Imagine Canada – April 2, 2015