Volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profitand community organisations and projects or your local community Volunteerismbenefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengtheningtrust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creatingopportunities for participation (Crompton, Volunteering in Canada, 2012).In Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) report it isfound that the volunteer hours are devoted to sports/recreation and socialsector services. Volunteers dedicatedmore than 100 hours, on average, to sports and recreation, education and socialservices. (Crompton, Volunteering in Canada, 2012).
Particularly, we have looked at the volunteerism rate among youth aged between15 to 25 and found that most student spent on average of (130 hours). The mainreasons for student to volunteer are: some students volunteer from their own innerdesire to help and serve their community in a better way. While others dovolunteer work to meet their graduation requirement or are mostly interested ingetting their volunteerism experience on their resume to land a good job infuture. Many people will volunteer to enhance a skill or to add totheir resume. They may be considering a career change and will becomeinvolved in their area of interest at a volunteer level to connect with othersin the field. By volunteering, it allows a person to ‘try on’ a newcareer without the stress of leaving a job or starting a job that you are notprepared for. The biggest benefit that might accrue to themthrough this volunteerism activity is that they are able to hone theirinterpersonal skills, communication skills and organisation skills. However, ifwe look closely we will find that there is an inverse relationship betweenvolunteer rates and average volunteer hours for students.
i.e the rate ofparticipation of students in volunteerism activities is high but they aredevoting less time in total. This is because student volunteer rate may beinfluenced by the requirement in some school/colleges to perform communityservice in order to graduate from high school; since many teens already leadbusy lives, it is easy to see why their rates may be high while their averagehours are low.
(Crompton, Volunteering in Canada, 2012).Hence, without a question, “lack of time is the biggest barrier to peoplebecoming involved in volunteering. About two-thirds of Canadians aged 15 andover who had not done any formal volunteering in 2010 said that their keyreasons were not having enough time (67%) and the inability to make a long-termcommitment (62%)” (Statistics Canada, page 14).
We will look at barriers inmore details below. Other main area wherevolunteers contribute their hours are contributing in improving their communityservices. In 2010, almost all (93%) volunteers said that makingcontribution to the community was a key motivating factor in their decision (Crompton, Volunteering in Canada, 2012).
They usuallycontribute through organizing fund-raising events and providing teaching andmentorships to the people in their community.