Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Do something

There are largely-invisible, unpaid, people who make our communities work. No, not the leprechauns.

The minor league coach who showed you the fundamentals of the game. The candystriper who made your hospital stay a bit less unpleasant. The hospice worker who held your grandfather's hand in his final days. The volunteer firefighters who saved your home.

12.5 million of them, fellow Canadians with busy lives who do stuff for their fellow citizens, things that otherwise would not get done.

Mentoring, coaching, counselling, driving, translating, visiting, performing, writing, chatting, tutoring, flying, gardening, cooking, planning, managing, fundraising, comforting, feeding, designing, instructing, renovating, building, travelling, programming, advising, and thousands more essential roles in a million places.

Volunteers give more than 2 billion hours of time each year, equal to 1.1 million full-time jobs.

Without all this, what would life be like where you live?

Do you have a skill? Do you want to develop a skill? Do you want to make new friends? Do you want to learn something about yourself? Do you want to share your experience with others? Do you want to explore new interests?

Do you want to feel good?

Contribute to a cause that you care about. Improve the community where you live. Improve someone else’s life. Change something you care about.

A couple of hours a week, or every day. Whatever you like.

Go here and find something you will do.

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