Volunteering Counts: Formal and informal contributions of Canadians
Volunteer Canada is joined by Statistics Canada to hear highlights from their recent article based on data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS-GVP). Volunteering gives people a place and the space to shape our communities. In 2018, 79% of Canadians aged 15 years and older reported volunteering, either formally as part of an organization or informally, on their own without the involvement of a group, helping extended family, friends, neighbours and strangers. Altogether, 24 million people contributed to improving the health, well-being, education and safety of Canadians and enhancing Canadian communities.
Shifts In Volunteerism
In this conversation and virtual workshop, led by Lisa Mort-Putland, Executive Director, Volunteer Victoria, we will unpack how COVID-19 impacted volunteerism in the short-term and explore how the non-profit sector might respond to new shifts, expectations, trends, and realities for the long-term.
Laying the Foundation for the Next 20 Years of Volunteer Engagement
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of 3 significant milestones for the non-profit and charitable sector in Canada: (1) the International Year of Volunteers 2001; (2) the launching of the first Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement; and (3) the signing of an Accord between the Government of Canada and the (voluntary) non-profit and charitable sector. We reflect on the past 20 years and look ahead to ensure we work together to lay a strong foundation for the next 20 years.
Intergenerational Volunteering, the gift that keeps on giving
The term “generation gap” is widely used in the workplace and throughout our society to describe the disconnect between the different generations. Despite a “gap” that no doubt exists, there is a growing movement that brings generations together, recognizing the benefits to both those involved and their communities. These intergenerational activities and programs foster relationships between individuals and, at the same time, address social issues like loneliness and social isolation, ageism, cultural identity gaps, poor educational outcomes, digital divides, cognitive decline in older adults, and the list goes on.
The pandemic has initiated changes to volunteer engagement that are proving to be long-lasting. Our guest panelists joined us to address the following questions through their different perspectives:
• How are organizations dealing with these changes?
• What are their strategies for engaging new and returning volunteers?
• How have Volunteer Centres been affected by the changes in volunteer engagement and how are they supporting their communities?