Today on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate globally the contributions that volunteers make that better society every day of the year. Our Duke of Ed participants are no strangers to community service – it is a requirement of earning the Award after all. That is why we thought today would be the perfect day to share our list of top 5 ways you can volunteer over the Holidays. Whether it’s to complete your Award section, or just because you are feeling particularly giving this season, here are a few ways that you can channel that holiday giving spirit.
Here at the Duke of Ed, we believe that a culture of giving and volunteerism is the key to a successful society. We want to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers that contribute to a community’s sustainable development. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award helps people to connect with and give back to their communities. According to the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, 49% of Canadians aged 15-24 don’t volunteer because they’ve never been asked. Well, the Duke of Ed is taking great strides to bridge the gap between organizations and volunteers. In fact, 72% of our participants seek opportunities to help people, and 79% of participants will continue to volunteer in the future. On International Public service day, we want to acknowledge the achievements participants glean by becoming active members of their community. In a statement regarding National Public Service Week here in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarks, “Every day, public servants work hard to ensure that we receive the services we need, no matter the pressures they face of the challenges before them.” Public servants serve Canadians while instilling pride, creativity and inclusion in our communities, and while volunteerism serves the public, it is also a service for ourselves as we experience how great it feels to help others. As Abraham Lincoln once said: “To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.” But don’t just take our word for it! Let our participants tell you all about their own rewarding experiences.