Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy National Volunteer Week!

I'm proud to be a Volunteer.  

Here are a few quick facts:
  • Canada has 12 million volunteers
  • They help more than 160,000 organizations in our country
  • Their contributions generate $112 billion for the economy
  • Over 2 billion hours are donated each year by volunteers
  • Volunteers exist in virtually every industry (health care, disaster relief, animal welfare, education, sports, etc)
  • Many volunteer to meet new people, develop skills,  & better their communities 
  • Researchers have found that people who volunteer tend to have a lower rate of premature death, & a lower risk of heart disease.
Companies are recognizing the benefit of volunteering to the overall health of their employees & communities.  Many employers are starting volunteer involvement programs which will give staff time off of work to help charitable organizations.  
Source:  http://volunteer.ca


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