More than 13 million Canadians -- almost 40 per cent of the population -- volunteer their time each year, filling many different charity or volunteer positions in a variety of sectors. Working at shelters, hospitals, clubs, festivals, sporting events, youth camps, environmental groups, crisis lines, relief organizations and more, these volunteers help contribute to society in distinct ways and make a real difference in people's lives. Whether you put your personal skills to good use or support a cause close to your heart, more than half of this country's 161,000 non-profit and charitable organizations rely solely on the dedication of volunteers like you.
There are a wide variety of responsibilities that come with charity and voluntary jobs depending on the sector. Most important is to have the time to dedicate to the group, organization, or charity you choose. As most volunteers prefer to apply their skills and experiences where they feel most needed or where a good fit can be found, there are no required skills of volunteers in general. It simply depends on the individual position. However, a desire to learn, help others and expand your experience is helpful.