The times keep on changing. And with it, the free time of Canadians is becoming increasingly limited — and therefore valuable. However, Timeraiser has found a way to incorporate volunteer hours, art, and fun — creating an innovative way to advance social good.

Mediaplanet: Can you explain what Timeraiser is and how it works?

Jaime Robson: Timeraiser is a “Party for Social Good.” It’s a live event, and soon to be online platform, that brings art and philanthropy together. The formula for Timeraiser is to bid time by pledging volunteer hours for art; do good by volunteering those hours with any registered nonprofit; and get art once you’ve completed your pledge hours.

In 2017, we launched Timeraiser150 to celebrate Canada 150. This means throwing 10 parties in 10 provinces throughout the year.

MP: How does Timeraiser connect volunteers with artists and nonprofits?

JR: Timeraiser is a win for everyone involved. We support Canadian artists, help nonprofits find skilled volunteers, and provide an opportunity for participants to get art and have a meaningful volunteer experience.

MP: Why is it important for Canadians to get involved in their communities?

JR: Volunteers are the lifeblood of the social good sector. So many of the social services we rely on and appreciate are driven by people who volunteer their skills and time. Timeraiser brings to life our Canadian spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement. Our goal is to raise 150,000 volunteer hours this year. We are inviting all Canadians to join us in the volunteer movement!

MP: Can you paint a picture of what it’s like to attend a Timeraiser?

JR: The first thing about Timeraiser — it’s a party! So come expecting to have fun. We’ve had breakdancers in Winnipeg, slam poetry in Vancouver, and even a racoon tribute in Toronto. From coast to coast, Timeraiser reflects the diversity of Canada. Best of all, the model of “trading volunteer hours for art” resonates with so many different types of people — from students looking to complete volunteer hours and millennials who want to expand their skill sets, to retirees who want to contribute their experience to social good.

MP: When are your next live events?

JR: The next Timeraiser150 parties will take place in St. John’s, NL on July 26, Charlottetown, PEI on July 30th, and our grand finale on September 28 in Calgary, AB!

MP: How can I participate if I’m unable to attend?

JR: This summer we’re bringing Timeraiser online. This way, Canadians will have the opportunity to trade volunteer hours for art at their fingertips; whether you’re in a park in Saskatoon, sitting on a dock in North Bay, or sipping coffee in Yellowknife.

MP: How can I participate as an artist?

JR: We are always on the lookout for emerging talent and new art to purchase! For artists interested in submitting, we have a rolling open call at timeraiser.ca/artist.

MP: What makes Timeraiser so innovative?

JR: We’re coming into an age where cash is no longer the most valuable currency. At Timeraiser, anyone can trade goodwill for great art. With volunteer hours, we can track each piece of art and see its impact in the community, turning social good into something tangible. Our goal to raise 150,000 hours is an invitation and a challenge to join the volunteer movement and invest in our communities, support Canadian arts, and have fun.

MP: How can Canadians get involved if they wish to volunteer?

JR: Timeraiser Online launches this summer. It’s accessible, easy, and impactful. 

Visit timeraiser.ca/online.