The Value of Volunteer Contributions in Canada

Each day in every area of Canada, Canadians add value to their communities by volunteering in one way or another. Volunteering in conjunction with the millions of citizens across Canada adds value and benefits important causes.

Causes

  • Food banks
  • Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Service organizations
  • Schools
  • Research facilities

Volunteers provide services that greatly benefit these causes and the lives of Canadians. These services also aid in strengthening and empowering communities.

Contributions

  • Environmental causes
  • Sports
  • Arts
  • Cultural
  • Religion

This identifies just a few areas that volunteering supports Canadians.

Benefits to the Volunteers

Volunteers can also greatly benefit from volunteering. They may be learning some new skills that can be applied to personal or business situations. Employers look highly upon employees that are involved in volunteer work. Volunteering also expands social networking opportunities, experience, and business networking opportunities. Many people volunteer because it makes them feel good about themselves and gives them a purpose. Retirees often volunteer when they have the extra time while no longer working. It gives them something to do as well as help their communities.

Economical Value of Volunteering in Canada

Volunteering is an unpaid act of kindness. The Canadian economy greatly benefits from these people who donate their time willingly to help their communities. Organizations and businesses save a lot of money when they have volunteers helping. Some organizations depend on volunteers to effectively operate the organization as they are not in a financial position to hire employees.

It would be very interesting to see how unpaid volunteer work translates into economic savings in Canada. Many students in Canadian provinces are required to complete a set number of volunteer work hours in order to graduate. This is a great system as it allows the students to realize that helping someone or an organization is really very important in their communities.