Volunteering

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.

Volunteers Overwhelm B.C. Immigrant Group To Help Refugees

CBC | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Immigrant Services B.C. said it's been inundated with eager volunteers.

Volunteering Is Just As Valuable As Paid Work

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

As my professional life blossomed so did the work expectations and long hours that I needed to put into my demanding career. It was an inverse relationship in the making: the more I worked, the less time I had for personal things in my life like athletics, friends and relationships. Something had to give. And sadly it was volunteering.

Charity Isn't Just About Giving Money

Gillian Farber | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Gillian Farber

Charity should not just be about giving away money, rather, one can give away almost anything to anyone in need. I'm not saying don't give -- I'm saying to do your research to find something that has importance and to give with thoughtfulness, true spirit and a genuine desire to help.

How Parents Can Teach Their Kids To Make A Real Impact

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Parents

Ask Craig Kielburger how parents can get kids involved in social change and the activist still gets excited — even 20 years after starting Free the ...

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Goes Coast-to-Coast

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

On Saturday, September 19, more than 35,000 Canadians will be out in full force to clean up a shoreline in their community for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup -- It's part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, making it one of the biggest cleanup events in the world.

Helping Close To Home: How To Make A Difference In Your Community

Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Living

Do you ever feel that you just don’t have the time or money to make a difference? In the hustle and bustle of living our daily lives, it becomes eas...

How to Develop Professional Skills While at University

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

At this stage in the year, your focus is likely on getting through the first few weeks of classes -- but you should also be thinking about what you can do to build your skill set to end the school year with some solid learning.

Being A Good Person? There's An App For That

Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Living

Remember Free Rice? This popular website/app began asking users back in 2007 to answer vocabulary questions; the more you got right, the more rice was...

Volunteerism Is Creating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Many believe entrepreneurial spirit and skills can't be taught. Certainly that was the opinion of one of Craig's MBA professors. "Either you've got it or you don't," he once opined to Craig. We disagree. You can teach entrepreneurship, and you might be surprised how -- through volunteering and being active in social causes.

How I'm Helping to Rebuild Nepal

Mads Hviid Jensen | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mads Hviid Jensen

Kathmandu's weak infrastructure had not been able to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. In the week following the quake immediate relief efforts were made by locals and large organisations alike. Emergency distributions of rice ensured people could survive the first few days.

How to Be a Successful Giver

Matthew Held | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Adam Grant author of Give and Take says that the magic number when it comes to volunteering is one hundred hours per year or two hours a week. Research shows that if people volunteer about two hours a week, their happiness, satisfaction, and self-esteem increase a year later.

A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel is one of the elderly participants in an ongoing study at Rush University in Chicago. When she decided to set a goal at 85 years old to write one letter a week, she no longer felt cocooned at home because of her arthritis. Researchers, including psychologist Dr. Patricia Boyle, have discovered that having a purpose in life can actually improve our health.