Giving Back

Volunteering (Week)

National Volunteer Week falls in April so here’s a snapshot of Volunteering in Canada. With 12.5 million people donating their time, we have the second largest voluntary sector in the world, slightly behind The Netherlands. Volunteers give 2.1 billion hours to 160,000 charities and not-for-profits. A third of all volunteers are baby boomers, and nearly half of all boomers volunteer, making this the most socially engaged generation. Volunteering falls off a bit after the age of 65, usually for health reasons. But the older volunteers give the most hours. Three quarters of businesses either support or accommodate employee volunteering. According to Volunteer.ca, Canadians take this on to make a contribution to their community, to use their skills and experience, or because they’ve been personally affected by a cause. Numerous studies show that volunteering increases wellbeing. And Baycrest has undertaken a study to prove it also staves off dementia.

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