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Four Ways Volunteering Is Changing

Posted By Neera Shukla, Volunteer Blogger, June-01-16
Updated: May-31-16

 

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What thoughts come to your mind when you think about your perfect volunteer role?  What would make it fun and meaningful for you?

At Volunteer Toronto, we’re always hearing about what kind of volunteer roles people are looking for and it's exciting to see how significantly interests have changed over the past few decades. Today's volunteers are autonomous, tech-savvy and mobile; they are students, newcomers, professionals (young and mid-career), or seniors. We know that altruism remains one of the reasons people volunteer but there are a host of other motivators.

 

1. You Crave Flexibility

Maybe not this kind of extreme flexibility but we recognize that you want the freedom to create your own volunteer opportunities with organizations that connect with your values. You want to offer up a specific set of skills versus committing to pre-defined opportunities.                 

 

2. You Don't Want To Over Commit


Volunteers are asking for more short-term or project-based opportunities. We understand that you are busy and often deal with shifting priorities in your life.  For some, certain times of the year are busier than others making it difficult for you to commit long-term.

3. You Are Goal Oriented

Today, many volunteers want to give back to help others but also want to gain from volunteering. You might want to learn a skill or acquire a specific type of experience that will ultimately help you with career momentum. For instance, you might be a newcomer wanting to build a network, or might be interested in changing careers and are using volunteering as a stepping stone.


4. You Think Outside The Box

You may want to help with an entirely different set of tasks than what you do in your work-life. For example, as an accountant you may not want to volunteer with numbers, but instead put your artistic skills to good use. Perhaps you want to explore a hobby? Find more balance in your life? Create a mini-escape from your day job?

 

Because of these changes, we’ve designed an event that allows you to create the type of volunteer opportunity you want, making volunteering mutually beneficial!

Our Craft Your Change event happens once a year and is for professionals who want to offer their skills to non-profits. You get to decide how you volunteer and how much time you want to give. We’ll bring together 20 non-profits who are willing to be flexible and explore opportunities collaboratively with you and all you need to do is turn up and be ready to mingle!

The 2016 Craft Your Change event will take place on June 20th from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Loose Moose at Front and University.

Buy your ticket for $8 which includes entry and 1 beer or 2 non-alcoholic drinks. See you there!

 

Neera Shukla is a learning and development professional focused on developing training programs on a variety of topics including leadership and professional development programs. When not working, she can be found on hiking trails, working out, reading, paddling, racing or volunteering.

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