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Can 40 Hours Of Volunteering Be Your Ticket to Stardom?

Posted By Samantha Glave, October 19, 2015
Updated: October 15, 2015

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Do you remember the first time you tried your favourite food? You probably needed a little convincing and pushing from your parents. It wasn’t always your favourite food. You would never have known the joy and happiness you get every time you eat it if you had never tried it that first time.  The same concept can be applied to your 40 mandatory 
volunteer hours. You won’t experience those same happy feelings from helping others until you take this opportunity to try it. 

Volunteers come from all walks of life. Some of the biggest names in movies, television, sports and entertainment give their time and energy to good causes.

The rewards of volunteering can be seen in this video with Justin Bieber. In it, he talks about his experience building schools for children in Guatemala. 






  Even Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Zoey Saldana and veteran actor Kirk Douglas volunteer to serve meals to the homeless.






LeBron and fellow basketball player Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, work together to help paint a mural in support of ending the crisis of homelessness. 






Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas and Nelly Furtado discuss the amazing experience they had when they travelled to Kenya when volunteering with Me to We, an organization whose aim is to empower people to become leaders and agents of change.





While they could be making millions of dollars at appearances, enjoying the luxury of the most lavish spas and hotels or dining in the most upscale, chic restaurants, these celebrities instead chose to donate their time to help those who are hungry, homeless and disadvantaged. These videos don’t show them giving large sums of money to charities, we see them donating something that we are all capable of giving, superstar status or not — time.

It’s an awesome feeling to do something that helps someone less fortunate than you. Are you an artist like LeBron and Chris? A photographer?  West Park Healthcare Centre is looking for volunteers to assist with art projects.

Do your friends describe you as kind and patient? Do you have an interest in games and activities? Lakeshore Lodge has positions in recreation/sports that may interest you. 

There are hundreds of opportunities on Volunteer Toronto’s website! You can narrow your search by selecting opportunities suitable for youth (14-17).   

Another great way to find your volunteer opportunity is at the Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo where you can meet over 80 non-profit organizations, ask questions and sign up for volunteer opportunities on the spot! Just show up Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Toronto Reference Library. Click here for more details.

Need more convincing? Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should Go To Volunteer Toronto’s Youth Expo.



Samantha Glave is a writer and editor whose work is regularly published on the Ontario Public Service’s intranet.
When she’s not writing, you can find her watching science-fiction, doing kettle bell workouts or reading the
latest research on raising the ‘strong-willed’ child. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their six-year old son. 
You can find her on LinkedIn


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