When times get tough, they get tough for us all. When money is tight and people just can’t scrape together cash to donate to their favourite charity, Non profits, NGO’s and local community support organizations who depend on donations from good people like you, fall short on their obligations or have to cut back on the services they provide. The people who need it most just have to do without.
Volunteers are one of the most important resources that local community service agencies, non profit organizations and NGO’s can tap into to help deliver their vital programs services. By donating time instead of your money, trained volunteers can help these small, struggling charities do what they do every day, on less money. By stepping up to the plate and getting involved, people just like you can make a huge difference in the lives of people here in your local community. Anyone who has ever volunteered can tell you, that volunteering has to be one of the most profoundly rewarding experiences anyone can share.
If volunteering is so important, and so helpful to so many people, and so rewarding for the people that sign on, then why don’t more people do it?
- Many of us will say that we aren’t asked
- Many of us (especially those with kids) feel like we just don’t have the time
- Even those of us who are keen and willing to give up time, often don’t know where to find meaningful opportunities that make sense to them
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Attend a lively and entertaining event in your city. Schmooze, network with your peers, socialize with your friends, bid on original art by local artists who really need your support—and if you win, you pay with your time instead of your cash. The struggling artist gets paid real money and you, commit to spend a little quality time with a local community support organization. There are some great agencies in there that need your support. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation provides start-up mentoring, financing and education tools for Canadians 18-34 to start and grow businesses which contribute to sustainable economic development in communities across Canada. The Cottage Dreams Recovery Initiative is a registered Canadian charity offering recent cancer survivors and their families a week at a private, donated cottage to refresh and reconnect after completing treatment. Another is Elizabeth Fry Toronto—their mission is to support women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the law. One of our favourites places to take our kids is the Brickworks in Toronto, just one ambitious re-vitalization project taken on by the wonderful people at Evergreen. Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of Canadians by tapping in to the power of education at an early age and is supported in a major way by volunteers.
Future Possibilities’ specialized programs challenge and empower children from underserved communities to build character, valuable life skills and social responsibility with the inspiring support of trained, adult volunteer “KidCoaches”. Habitat for Humanity Toronto: Mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
These are just a few outstanding examples of organizations you can engage with at TImeraiser and support with your time, energy and enthusiasm. Its a win win situation for all and a fabulous idea whose time has come.
Canadians in their 20s and 30s are one of the hardest demographics to reach. Timeraiser makes it easy to connect the organizations that need with the skilled and energetic volunteers that would make the difference they are trying to achieve.
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The three main objectives of the Timeraiser are to:
- Connect your organization to skilled and energetic volunteers
- Raise awareness about your organization in the community
- Bring together the arts and not-for-profit sectors to create community connections
- Generated over 51,000 volunteer hours
- Invested $300,000 in the careers of emerging artists
- Engaged 5,000 Canadians to pick up a cause
- Worked with 250+ charitable organizations