Volunteering or giving back to your neighbourhood can be a great way to become engaged with your community, share your gifts and talents, build confidence, learn new skills and meet new people. There are formal volunteer positions you might consider but also informal things you can do to support your family and neighbours.
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Giving Back to Your Neighbourhood
1. Take some time to think about this with your family and friends, ask them what types of volunteer positions they are involved in and what they think might be a good idea for you or your family member. Would you prefer to volunteer at big community events or something quieter where you can get to know people? Do you have an interest that could guide you (i.e. the environment, the arts, sports, caring for others)?
2. Time some time to list the organizations that need volunteers in your community.
3. Think of creative ways in which you might support your neighbours. Could you bring in recycling containers, help shovel snow or cut grass for an elderly neighbour or bake something for someone who may enjoy it?