Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving their time and expertise.
Note: many organizations require volunteers to get a criminal record check. Find out how.
Considerations Before Volunteering
Where are my interests?
If money was not an issue, what would I do with my time?
What skills do I have to offer?
What kind of commitment do I want to make?
What will fit with my lifestyle and availability?
Do I support the values and mission of the organization I'm thinking of volunteering with?
Volunteers are essential to our way of life and have a positive impact on the way our communities develop and operate. You'll also have:
Opportunities to meet new people and become familiar with the community.
Satisfaction that comes when providing service.
More excitement in your life.
Opportunities for continuous learning and personal growth.
Career development, items for your resume, new job skills.
Increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
Opportunities to help solve local issues and become a leader in your community.
A chance to give back and make our community a better place to live.
New challenges, skills and experiences.
Lots of fun!
Volunteer Cochrane is one of 200 volunteer centres in Canada that offer services dedicated to supporting volunteers and the non-profit organizations that engage volunteers in their community. Volunteer Cochrane hosts a variety of events and programs to promote volunteerism, to raise awareness of the value of volunteering and to celebrate the contributions of volunteers.