publication date: Apr 12, 2012
Additional findings from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving,
Volunteering and Participating
confirms a national increase of nearly one
million volunteers since 2007. The study
also revealed that young Canadians, 15-24, have consistently participated in
volunteering more than any other age group for over a decade.
"These findings show how critical it is to ensure young people have
positive experiences when volunteering," said Ruth MacKenzie,
President & CEO of
"Meaningful experiences can instill civic participation as a core value which
can then lead to people being actively engaged throughout their life."
The 2010 CSGVP data also highlights the difference in volunteering
habits among baby boomers. A higher
of boomers aged 45 to 54 participate in volunteering than those
aged 55 to 64. However, boomers aged 55 to 64 contribute more volunteer hours
than those aged 45 to 54
(201 hours versus 167 hours, respectively).
"Boomers are a complex generation with diverse characteristics spanning
substantially different points in their life cycle - everything from
high-skills professionals to empty nesters to those caring for both children
and aging parents, or perhaps even their children's children," said MacKenzie. "All of these lifestyle realities compete with
potential time for volunteering, which may explain the shifts we see in the
data as boomers get older. In this day and age, we're seeing people find ways
to engage in volunteering as never before - everything from quick bursts of
micro volunteering through mobile handsets and Facebook applications, to
leadership roles for all kinds of causes, to front-line volunteer aid in
war-torn regions of the world."