Creating Meaningful Change Within Our Community
Insight What motivates you to give-back? All across Canada, people are actively building up their communities by giving their resources, time and energy to support local initiatives.
Many want to demonstrate their gratitude for the quality of life they enjoy by helping those less fortunate. They are driven to make a positive change, address a specific need or just want to be reminded of the good that stills exists on the planet.
Canada is a very generous country.
According to the TD Bank, almost half of Canadians aged 15 or over volunteered in 2010, giving the equivalent of $51.1 billion in unpaid hours or about 3.1 percent of the gross domestic product. Whatever we contribute, we all benefit from the better society it creates.
Helping dispel prejudices
The Institute for Volunteering Research in the UK, believes volunteering can help dispel prejudices and create acceptance of diversity, which in turn builds a community’s resiliency and ability to grow. It also builds the trust necessary for people to organize and act collectively, creating a stronger sense of community and a safer place where neighbours watch out and are concerned for one another.
“Think about the change you want to see and move to make it happen.”
Think about the change you want to see and move to make it happen. Start by getting active in your community and be amazed by the difference you make. Change is possible. To quote Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”