Why work for free? The value of volunteering

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What is volunteering?

  1. Giving your time and energy to an organization without payment.
  2. It is working for free.
  3. But you decide how much time you can give. You can say when you are available.

Why volunteer?

  1. Experience the Canadian tradition of giving back to the community.
  2. Feel good about yourself.
  3. Volunteering helps newcomers:
    • gain friends
    • build their professional network
    • get Canadian experience
    • practice language skills
    • learn job and social skills
    • earn a job offer or know the job openings in the organization
    • <li?get Canadian references

  4. Help others while you help yourself.
  5. Watch this interview below:

How to volunteer:

  1. Look for a cause you believe in.
  2. Choose a non-profit or charity organization.
  3. Evaluate your skills. Look for an organization that needs your skills.
  4. Search for volunteer opportunities.
  5. Know the organization before you apply.
  6. Know the job and the required hours.
  7. Check the requirements for applying to the position.
  8. Some jobs require security checks. It can be a Criminal Background/Record or Child Abuse Registry check. They will tell you after the interview.
  9. Remember that it is a commitment when they accept you.
  10. Work honestly. Do your best.
  11. Have fun!

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Community Resources

Read Building blocks for newcomers: A Guide on volunteering by Volunteer Canada. You can download the English or French version.

Be an English Online e-Volunteer. Read the stories of some of our Volunteer e-Tutors here.

Read Your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer.

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