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Getting Involved

Volunteerism is the act of helping out without being paid. It is a great way to get experience and meet new friends.

Many Canadians formally volunteer for non-profit organizations, or informally within schools, faith groups or sports leagues. Other areas to volunteer include hospitals, shelters, food banks, arts groups, and on behalf of community fundraising efforts.

Newcomers volunteer for many reasons:

  • to learn and practice English skills
  • to meet people
  • to gain work experience
  • to give back to their community
  • to support a personal cause
  • to support their child’s school
  • to remain active

Ask yourself the following questions. They will help you to decide where you want to volunteer. 

  • What part of the community can I travel to easily?
  • What skills can I offer?
  • Who would I like to work with (children, seniors, youth, etc.)? 
  • What experience would I like to gain?
  • How much time can I give?

Here are some good websites to help you get started: