Volunteering

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories From 2016

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

These 10 stories from Canada and around the world show how communities, governments and organizations are providing solutions that are reversing the loss of biodiversity and the ecological services that nature provides.

7 Things You Can Do This Year For A Hunger-Free Ontario

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

With the new year upon us, everyone is busy making resolutions to change their lives for the better. While committing to exercise more, eat better, and quit smoking are all laudable goals, why not also set a goal to improve the lives of people in your community?

Why You Should Volunteer While Travelling

Allison Eberle | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Travel
Allison Eberle

Travel is more than rest and relaxation for me. It's how I learn, grow, and find inspiration for my sometimes dull life at home in Toronto. Every trip I take has a profound impact on me, but I want it to have a profound impact on the people and places I visit too. These five simple ways I travel consciously -- both environmentally and socially -- are easy for any traveler to implement and are guaranteed to make every holiday more beneficial for you and your destinations.

Tanzania Burst My Heart Wide Open

Kristian Foster | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Kristian Foster

Visiting Tanzania in September changed my perception of what it's really like to go without. The people we met survive with the bare necessities. A roof over their heads, basic clothing and just enough food to survive. Yet, we witnessed such joy and hope in them, and for this, I fell in love with Tanzania.

Canadians Know That True Generosity Goes Beyond Giving Cash

Ann Rosenfield | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living
Ann Rosenfield

I say "Bah Humbug" to The Fraser Institute for saying an average Canadian is less generous than their American neighbour. Their 2016 Generosity Index makes Canadians look bad because Canadian give much less to charity. Cash gifts are only one part of the generosity story.

What I Learned By Teaching A Class Of 104 Children In Tanzania

World Vision | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a Canadian, it's hard to believe it's possible for teachers to successfully educate 104 children of different grades in a single classroom. Where children sit on a dirt floor, have an empty stomach, don't have sufficient school supplies for their needs. Children excited to be in school, no matter how far they had to walk under a blazing sun.

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.