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.
The Duke of Ed's Top Ten Guide to Volunteering 101
At The Duke of Ed, we strongly believe that a culture of giving and volunteerism is key to a successful society. Community service helps to build meaningful connections through experience. It’s as rewarding for you as it is for others! For more than a decade, Canadian Youth have volunteered more than any other age group in the country, and The Duke of Ed is proud to encourage growth in the Community Service sector through the Awards program. When thinking about where you want to volunteer, ask yourself what kind of impact you want to have, what skills you want to gain, and ultimately, what kind of person you are hoping to become. Determining where your passions lie will help narrow down the scope of possibilities for where you want to volunteer. To get you started, here is a list of a few organizations where your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
International Public Service Day
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.