The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — William Shakespeare
Meaningful work can be found in almost any direction; the search is never a simple straight line. Volunteering for a cause you care about may help you to define your purpose. On the other hand, maybe the volunteer work becomes your purpose, or your purpose evolves into employment in the not-for-profit sector. The beautiful thing about volunteer work is that while it may benefit us personally, giving freely of our time to help others is the better part of it. And, if you think there are limitations on the type of volunteer work available, think again!
GoVolunteer.ca began its life in 1943 as the Central Volunteer Bureau of Vancouver, and has expanded into an organization that connects volunteers with not-for-profits throughout BC and Alberta. While it still provides volunteer matching services, its organizational focus has shifted to include the professional development of not-for-profit leaders. Here’s their list for areas of interest:
- Arts & Culture
- Education & Research
- Immigrant Services
- Sport & Recreation
- Capacity Building
- Environment & Animals
- Indigenous Services
- Community Development & Housing
- Family & Children
- International Development
- Religion & Spirituality
- Women’s Services
- Disability Services
- Health, Social Services
- Law, Advocacy & Politics
- Youth Development
Instead of GoVolunteer.ca, you may choose to contact your organization of choice directly, or the regional volunteer bureau in your community. Depending on the type of position, you may be required to complete a Criminal Record, or Vulnerable Sector Check. For more information, please check the RCMP website.
A partial list of Volunteer Bureaus:
- Burnaby Volunteer Centre Society
- Community Volunteer Connections (Coquitlam)
- Hope Community Services
- Langley Volunteers Bureau
- Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services
- North Shore Community Resources (North Vancouver)
- Pacific Community Resources Society (Vancouver)
- Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
- Sources Community Resource Centres (White Rock)
- Volunteer BC
- Volunteer Chilliwack
Angie Quaale, entrepreneur, elected Councillor, and one of our Panel Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference, is also a longtime volunteer. Angie has been a board member with the BC chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Langley, and the Langley Community Farmers Market.
If you have any questions about community service, Angie is the one to ask! Listen to her story, and speak with her directly on May 26th, 2018!
~ Debbie MacLeod
The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.
Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!