Volunteer Vibes

Volunteer Vibes – Fall 2013: Volume 12, Issue 3

“Change The World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a three-week campaign with one goal: to get high school students to volunteer in their community.
Change the World started as a test project in 2008, with the goal of getting 300 youth to volunteer locally. Volunteer opportunities were coordinated by seven volunteer centres. That first year was a huge success. Over 900 youth volunteered in their cities and towns during the campaign.”

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Volunteer Vibes – Spring 2013: Volume 12, Issue 2

“Baby boomers are an important demographic. Of the 12.5 million Canadians who volunteer, 34 per cent fall into the boomer generation, making this demographic group the most active in volunteering. The value of volunteering resonates strongly with boomers, who reference a deep sense of social commitment that drives them in their volunteering.”

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Volunteer Vibes – Fall 2012: Volume 12, Issue 1

“As people enter into retirement or transition in their lifecycle, many seek new options to engage in their communities and to maintain, grow or develop new skills. Volunteering is increasingly espoused as a retirement planning option, for it provides people with opportunities to stay active, learn, share and leave a legacy for future generations. This module can be used independently or incorporated as
part of a more comprehensive retirement planning exercise. It is designed to highlight the benefits of volunteering as a retirement planning option, and to present opportunities that will help people find a satisfying volunteer opportunity.”

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Volunteer Vibes – Spring/Summer 2012 – Volume 11, Issue 4

For today’s busy adults, flexible volunteering is the answer. Conventional volunteer opportunities—those that require people to make time commitments—are perfect for some individuals, but many others find that although they want to volunteer to help curb global warming or preserve rapidly vanishing ecosystems, they cannot commit to a prescribed schedule or time to volunteer for an organization because of their lifestyle. That’s where flexible volunteering comes in.

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Volunteer Vibes – Fall 2011 – Volume 11, Issue 3

Sometimes finding the time to volunteer is hard. Perhaps you don’t have one free moment between holding down a 40-hour a week job and caring for the kids. Or maybe there isn’t an organization in your neighbourhood that has much meaning to you. If you want to volunteer, there is a way.

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Volunteer Vibes – Spring 2011 – Volume 11 Issue 2

National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in 1943. Initially the week was implemented to encourage public recognition of women’s contribution to the war effort. In the late 1960s the focus shifted to acknowledge the contribution of all community volunteers.

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Volunteer Vibes – Fall 2009 – Volume 10 Issue 4

Starting in early December, Volunteer Canada will announce access for nonprofit organizations and volunteer centres to enter volunteer opportunities into a centralized national database for inclusion in the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day, promotion.

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Volunteer Vibes – Spring 2009 – Volume 10 Issue 3

“Volunteers indicate they are most satisfied with their volunteer experience when it is for an issue of personal importance, when the feel needed and valued and when it is meaningful and interesting work. Understanding and identifying these motivations does not necessarily mean each volunteer will have a positive experience or feel fulfilled (and motivated) by the work they are asked to do. There are other intrinsic motivations we each have that affect our satisfaction regarding work.”

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Volunteer Vibes – Fall 2008 – Volume 10 Issue 1

Every day, thousands of people voluntarily give their time and talent to organizations across Canada. They give their time freely and with no expectation of monetary reward. Their hours of service ensure that many activities are accomplished and many people are helped. They build houses for the homeless, care for the elderly, and provide counseling and support services. They are youth group leaders, program coordinators, coaches and fundraisers. They represent every walk of life – professional, homemaker, student, retiree – as well as every age and cultural group.

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Volunteer Vibes – Spring 2008 – Volume 9 Issue 4

The growing ethnic and racial diversity of Canada and its relevance to the voluntary sector has been an issue that has had considerable focus in recent years, especially through various aspects of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. As Canadians of diverse origins increasingly wish to integrate into the mainstream of Canadian life, the voluntary sector has the potential to play a key role in facilitating that integration.

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Volunteer Vibes – December 2007 – Volume 9 Issue 3

The growing ethnic and racial diversity of Canada and its relevance to the voluntary sector has been an issue that has had considerable focus in recent years, especially through various aspects of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. As Canadians of diverse origins increasingly wish to integrate into the mainstream of Canadian life, the voluntary sector has the potential to play a key role in facilitating that integration.

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Volunteer Vibes – September 2007 – Volume 9 Issue 2

There are few among us who have not pondered the notion of doing some humanitarian work at some stage in our lives, but fewer still who have acted on the impulse. While many people think of giving something back to society, and many more volunteer locally or give to charity, few have actually embraced a mid-career challenge in a war-zone.

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Volunteer Vibes – June 2007 – Volume 9 Issue 1

The Health Benefits of Volunteering report builds on that by showing states with higher volunteer rates also have better health and that there is a significant statistical relationship between states with higher volunteer rates and lower incidents of mortality and heart disease.” Read on to find out more…

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Volunteer Vibes – March 2007 – Volume 8 Issue 4

International Volunteer Day, December 5, 2006, celebrated the dedicated volunteers who work to make life better for others. And, according to the latest study on volunteering, Canada has a lot to celebrate! An astonishing 12 million Canadians volunteer their time in some capacity, contributing a staggering two billion volunteer hours each year. Click here to find out more…….

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Volunteer Vibes – December 2006 – Volume 8 Issue 3

Disagreement and conflict is normal in any workplace. As diverse human beings with different roles, goals and personal perspectives we will necessarily have differences of opinion. The goal is to resolve these differences in positive ways – in ways that respect the other person, consider multiple perspectives and possibilities, and value the legitimate needs of everyone involved. Read on to find out more.

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Volunteer Vibes – September 2006 – Volume 8 Issue 2

There is a mixed reaction to mandatory volunteerism by adults and students. Some people feel that making someone volunteer defies the spirit of volunteering. Other people position their argument for mandatory volunteering by stating that some youth have never been introduced to the rewards of volunteering and this educational method does just that. Find out more about mandatory volunteerism from a student’s perspective.

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Volunteer Vibes – June 2006 – Volume 8 Issue 1

Volunteering has become a meaningful activity for all ages – adolescents, adults within the work force, and retirees. Research has proven the positive rewards of doing for others and finding meaning in activities. Meaningful activity through volunteerism greatly contributes to an older person’s ability to age successfully.

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Volunteer Vibes – March 2006 – Volume 7 Issue 4

The spirit of volunteerism is rooted in the traditions and values of the pioneers who built this country, and it is inspired by the concept of mutual help and co-operation that lies at the heart of our Native societies. Find out more about the history of volunteerism in Canada when you read this issue of Volunteer Vibes.

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Volunteer Vibes – December 2005 – Volume 7 Issue 3

In this issue we take a look at the rights of a volunteer, discuss dealing with stress, and detail Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in our Disability Awareness Corner.

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Volunteer Vibes – December 2004 – Volume 6 Issue 4

In this issue we take a look at Volunteerism and New Canadian, what to do when you have no work experience, and present the Canada Quiz!

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Volunteer Vibes – September 2004 – Volume 6 Issue 3

In this issue we take a look at Kristen Pasculli’s “Living and Loving – A Time for Giving”, highlight the events for United Nations International Day of the Disabled Person, as well as detail the large number of community events available for consumer for this season.

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Volunteer Vibes – June 2004 – Volume 6 Issue 2

In this issue we take a special look at aging and volunteerism, examine Parkinson’s disease in our Disability Awareness Corner, and highlight the multitudes of community events for the season.

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Volunteer Vibes – September 2003 – Volume 5 Issue 3

In this issue we take a look at Patty Rhule’s “Conflict Resolution – Listening to a Willingness to Change”, take a look at Fredreich’s Ataxia in our Disability Awareness Corner, and detail the current events of the season.

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Volunteer Vibes – October 2003 – Volume 5 Issue 2

In this issue we look at what the public really knows about volunteering, a look at some information on lupus, and an update on Toronto’s Wheel-Trans.

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Volunteer Vibes – March 2003 – Volume 5 Issue 1

In this issue we discuss national volunteer week, the 2003 Canadian Forum on Volunteerism, as well as look at the most recent information on SARS.

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Volunteer Vibes – September  2002 – Volume 4 Issue 3

In this issue we examine the subject of mandatory volunteering, take a look at Osteogenesis Imperfecta in our Disability Awareness corner, and detail some of our community events.

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