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Why not volunteer in 2012..The internet makes it easy
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Why not volunteer in 2012..The internet makes it easy

Maybe you are short of a resolution for 2012..why not look into volunteering in your community or elsewhere? Technology has made it easier than ever to find a satisfying volunteer challenge. Manulife has set up a website GetInvolved.ca that aims to connect potential volunteers with organizations that need them.

GetInvolved.ca allows you to specify the skills you have to offer and areas that interest you in order to try and set you up with the best voluntering match. Or, you can browse all the current opportunities 830 as I looked today..you can narrow that number down by searching by postal code..there were 12 current opportunities in my postal code. You can also volunter your services online from home..A 2010 pan-Canadian study from Volunteer Canada reported that 70% of volunteers feel time-pressured to give their time, 80% said they wanted to use their skills and expertise, and many have said they wanted to see the concrete benefits of their volunteer time.  Those trends are driving the rise in virtual volunteering, where the idea of volunteering in your pajamas, wherever you are, is an appealing way to engage with issues and organizations.

Virtual opportunities can take a few minutes, a few hours or a few days. At onlinevolunteering.org the United Nations sponsors virtual volunteering opportunities with international development agencies where you could write a proposal to get funding for sanitation in schools in Kenya or teach English online to students in India.

Closer to home mobile phone provider Koodo has set up KoodoNation aimed at setting up a microvolunteering community. Here you can join teams of microvolunteers and offer a few minutes, hours or days of your time..whatever works for you. The site uses a simple wizard process to match up your skills and intersts with the best opportunity. Koodonation has been online only since October so currently most of the opportunities seem to be in the Greater Toronto Area but it is a good idea that can only grow.

For the 43% of you who told Volunteer Canada that you would like to volunteer but nobody asked, consider yourself asked.  And for the 34% who said they didn’t know how to get started, go online and get involved.  Happy New Year.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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