Volunteering

Video Games Can Be A Force For Good

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don't worry; an alternative to space war is on the way.

Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No Brainer

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

It seems like a no brainer. Supporting charitable organizations and doing acts of kindness is the right thing to do. Most people get that. My family and many Canadians are very privileged. I feel we have an obligation to give back, to "pay it forward."

Working Together For The Common Good

David Johnston | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Politics
David Johnston

Let's all think about why and how Canadians can be encouraged to give their time, talent or treasure for the common good, and then find ways to put our ideas into action. And let's challenge ourselves to become an even more caring nation.

A Little Kindness Can Change A Life

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

We are presented opportunities everyday to make a difference in the lives of those around us, near or far, through our actions, time, or money. Whether we embrace that opportunity is up to us and, evidently, even the smallest of gestures or actions can veritably snowball into lasting results.

A Cheat Sheet For Parents Of Soon-To-Be High-School Grads

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Having been through this process once, I can safely say it does NOT get any easier. Each child is different. End of story. Here's what I've observed and learned over the course of having one child and now the second apply for postsecondary education.

The World Needs More Philoxenia

Matthew House Toronto | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Matthew House Toronto

"Philoxenia" is a word that encapsulates the concept of showing love, compassion, and hospitality toward strangers. While I often hear the term "xenophobia," (fear of the strangers) I had never heard an antonym for it. Philoxenia is just that. I would love to see "philoxenia" become as commonly used (and practiced) among us as it's opposite. It's what the world needs now!

5 Reasons Why Students Should Give Back To Their Community

Laura Plant | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Laura Plant

Today's young people are giving their time to the social causes they care most about -- be it the environment, education or access to clean drinking water -- and whatever the cause, they are vocal about it. For them, especially, social media has served as a great platform to make this happen.

Make Giving Back A Family Affair

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Family Day is thus far a holiday without a tradition. Rather than retreat into separate rooms in the February darkness or risk it becoming just another greeting card holiday, let's imbue this unclaimed occasion with a tradition of giving. Not giving gifts, but giving back as a family to our communities.

Activism Without Borders Gives Canadians A Voice In U.S. Politics

Ann Rosenfield | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Impact
Ann Rosenfield

Many Canadians gave online to the ACLU to help overturn the Trump administration's de facto ban on travellers coming from several Muslim-majority countries. The unexpected effect of globalization is citizens feel empowered to act and comment on the actions of another country.

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.