Volunteering

Happily Ever After Didn't Happen For Many Baby Boomers

Linda Simpson | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Retirement years mean different things to different retirees. Some want to spend those years playing miniature golf in Florida, others want to fulfill lifelong dreams. Travel, giving back with their expertise, and becoming involved in their community in a significant way are just some possibilities. Life expectations at this stage can be very different from your partner.

Why Students Should Consider Taking A Gap Year

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Parents often fear that a gap year will set their children back, stunting their education and career opportunities. On the contrary, hitting the pause button to gain life experience before resuming studies can actually boost future prospects.

How To Volunteer On Your Next Trip

travelcuts | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Travel
travelcuts

Travelling provides us nourishment to feed the mind, body and soul. For the soul specifically, voluntourism allows travellers to experience the world and make a difference at the same time. From helping children in South Africa, to rebuilding Fiji communities brick by brick, or even helping sea turtles thrive in Costa Rica, volunteering abroad promises to be an experience you'll never forget.

Microvolunteering Makes It Easy To Give Back

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Welcome to microvolunteering, 10-minute increments of doing good that can (mostly) be done from home. Code-slingers and charities are inventing ways to make use of these small pockets of downtime to give a growing movement of people the chance to step up for a cause.

Why Did National Seniors Day Go Almost Entirely Ignored?

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Marcello Cabezas

National Seniors Day happened in Canada on Saturday and we didn't do anything about it. Countless moments and opportunities squandered to say, "Wait, I should call my grandparents," or "I should go to that senior's home and say hello to some residents," or even say some kind words to a senior on the street. We didn't do any of it. Did you?

Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.

'Big Society' Doesn't Wait For Government To Make Positive Change

Erin O'Toole | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

I always liked David Cameron. Maybe it was because we're both fans of the rock band, The Smiths, but also (and more importantly) because he tried to use the privileged position of prime minister to appeal to the better angels in our nature with the "Big Society" initiative of his early government. The Big Society ideal was first referenced by Cameron in 2009. In a nutshell, the Big Society philosophy recognizes that a country and its communities are built as much by passionate volunteers, community groups and service organizations as it is by departments of the government.

Richness Is Making A Real Difference In The World

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Creating something magical out of your life that is greater than you are is the key to a fulfilling life. Serving people and giving them value are just two ways to contribute beyond yourself.

What Does Money Bring To Your Life?

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Some Boomers lost their way along the hippy highway over the last fifty years. They took a right turn into casinos and consumerism. Seared in my brain is watching a load of Boomer casino goers unload from a bus and waddle away. Poker chips in hand as they sink into the windowless abyss. Money (both having it and losing it) does things to people. Here's what it did to me.

The Many Ways Seniors Can Have Fun — And Make A Difference, Too

Optimum Care | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

As seniors age, much of their time is freed from the commitments of work and family and they start to look for ways to participate more actively in their communities. As the saying goes, doing good makes you feel good, and the seniors who continue to make a difference every day are true testaments to that.

We Need To Take Canadian Conservation Seriously

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Our planet is a very different place today than when your grandparents were born. Despite the copious amount of conservation work occurring on a daily basis by citizens, volunteers and environmental groups, biodiversity is continuing to be lost in Canada. We need to restore Earth's "factory settings."

Why You Shouldn't Donate Physical Goods During A Disaster

Edward McIntyre | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
Edward McIntyre

I have been fortunate to be able to assist on the ground with disaster relief in communities across Alberta including the Slave Lake fire in 2011 and the Calgary floods in 2013, and I've learned that cash donations, even small ones, are by far the most effective way to help those recovering from a disaster.

It Is Time To Spring Clean Your Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

This year consider giving your whole life a thorough clean. Out with the old and in with the new. Think carefully about what you like and don't like about your life. Take some time and challenge yourself... What is working? What is not working?

Giving Back Is An Important Part Of Building A Great Company

Suzanne DiBianca | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Suzanne DiBianca

April 10th to April 16th is National Volunteer Week, a celebration of Canada's 12.7 million volunteers -- that's nearly a third of the country's population. With such a passion for volunteerism, it's no wonder that Canadians, like employees in other parts of the world, are looking to their places of work for more opportunities to give back.

Why We Volunteer (And How You Can Too)

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

It's not surprising that young people are Canada's most active volunteers, representing about 66 per cent of those who give their time for a cause. Time is, after all, on their side. But our country's volunteering numbers might surprise you. In 2013, 4 out of 10 Canadians volunteered, putting in 1,957,000,000 total hours. This week, National Volunteer Week, we celebrate them, while also asking: How do they do it?

Goodbye Lazy Winter, Hello Productive Spring

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living

Spring time is here, and that means it's time to trade in the sweat pants and Netflix binges for some other hobbies. From reading new books to DIY...

Odd Animals You Never Knew Existed (And How To Meet Them)

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Aaron Winston Smith

While these animals may not star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio anytime soon, nor likely to be chosen as supporting cast for the next Disney blockbuster, they're still in need of attention. These are threatened species -- some due to hunting, others to habitat loss from industrialization. Today, travelers are digging in to preserve their future, and giving them a much needed turn in the spotlight.

5 Ways Volunteerism Helps You Become A Better Businessperson

Marco Pasqua | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

I'm sure each of us can remember a time when we've volunteered at a local event, donated to a cause that is close to our hearts, or simply did something selfless because it felt good. It may not seem like it, but every time we do, we are developing the leadership skills required to run a successful business and ultimately become a stronger leader.

Empowering Ugandan Teens To Make Informed Sexual Health Choices

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

In Uganda, 24 per cent of female teenagers are either pregnant or have already given birth. Which, for Ugandan girls, almost always means becoming part of the the same cycle of poverty that trapped their own parents, and their grandparents, and so on.

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

NFL Honors Nominees Remind Us Why Giving Back Matters

Edward Jackson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Edward Jackson

Forget Gates and Zuckerberg. These young philanthropists do things on the ground, using their celebrity and foundations to battle hunger and disease, and expand access to education and sports, among an array of social causes.

Impact Hubs Provide The Tools For Social Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The idea of the impact centre is global. The Hub, which began in London, UK in 2005, is part of a network of 77 such organizations, with 11,000 socially-conscious members, in cities around the world. But to incubate social change, impact centres offer a lot more than just a place to plug in your laptop.

Money Is The Non-Perishable Donation Food Banks Need Most

Katharine Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Katharine Schmidt

Without money, it would be nearly impossible for food banks to provide clients with a healthy dinner plate. That's because essentials like pasta, soup and beans pour in, while equally important items like fresh produce, meat and dairy items are in shorter supply. Financial donations create flexibility.

Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

When I see a small business plugging away all the while continuing their charitable and community-spirited endeavours (often in the face of near-insurmountable odds), it behooves all of us to reconsider what it means to be "productive."

Sponsoring Refugees As A Workplace Is Good For Business

Lina Duque | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Engaging staff in a cause that matters to them is a win-win for both company and employees. Companies with high employee engagement report more productivity and lower absenteeism and turnover.