87% of Canadians agree: without volunteering, society would suffer. According to a 2017 study by Volunteer Canada, 12.7 million Canadians volunteer an average of 154 hours per year each through non-profit organizations, charities, and public institutions—and there are more volunteers in Alberta than the national average (50 per cent versus 44 per cent). Needless to say, your time, talent, and energy are huge assets to the community. Not only is volunteering a tremendous help to the organization or cause you want to support, it’s a meaningful opportunity for you to put your passion into action, develop (or use your best!) skills, expand your social circle, and improve your health.
In 2019, 34,936 people volunteered with the United Way community alone, contributing 619,788 hours to improving local lives.