It’s National Volunteer Week – a good time to look into giving back to your community. A quarter of all Ontario residents volunteer. For Zoomers the percentage is even higher, and Zoomers approach it much like a job – looking for opportunites to use their skills and experience. Here’s Deborah Gardner of Volunteertoronto.ca
And that’s how you should approach it. I say to people who are thinking about volunteering but aren’t quite sure what they want to do, ‘do you have a passion?’ Then you identify a passion, and if you can that’s great, and if you can’t quite nail that down, then how would you like the community to change? So if you’re really concerned about the environment for instance, then look for an agency that’s involved with the environment, who they themselves are the agents of change.
Volunteer toronto has 14,000 opportunities on its site and you can by the type of job or the type of agency you’re looking for, or even just by location.
“I’d say shop, very carefully, and as much as you’d like to think about volunteering, its your time that you’re giving up, so make sure you give it up in a place that you’ll find meaningful.”