When you volunteer, your good actions come back around to benefit both you and your community. Volunteering brings great personal satisfaction as well as a sense of well-being and community belonging. You also realize that all kinds of people can experience poverty and suffer from isolation or psychological distress. Volunteering shows us the way things really are but also encourages us to get involved to make an impact.
There are many reasons to give your time and energy, but the main reason is to make a difference in someone's life.
Discovering stories about volunteering often encourages people to join this immense network of volunteers who give their time at our community agencies.
Volunteering is by far the best way to discover and get involved in the community. It's also a way to give back as, without volunteers, the agencies that make a difference in our neighbourhoods would not exist. Here are three concrete examples:
What is Centraide’s role?
Centraide supports a network of volunteer bureaus and community agencies that all work to fulfill the same mission in Greater Montreal’s neighbourhoods and boroughs.
These agencies put volunteers to work for the good of the community, which they see as a space where everyone can participate.
Their goal is to promote volunteer and community action in their territory, connect volunteers with community agencies, and offer basic training and a referral service to people who are interested in becoming volunteers.
See the list of our volunteer bureaus here.
Volunteering is at the heart of Centraide’s mission
Centraide is itself an organization that relies on the help of thousands of volunteers.
It's hard to think of such a strong, diversified and structured network without those people who share a common goal: to meet people’s needs in Greater Montreal as effectively as possible.
I want to volunteer! Where do I start?
To get the most out of your volunteer experience, it’s important to choose a cause that you care about and are comfortable with, such as support for children, academic perseverance, food security, or the isolation of seniors. Choose an agency, ideally in your neighbourhood, that you want to help based on your interests, skills and personality.
There are two ways to start volunteering:
Find all the details here.