Newcomers are critical to strengthening and growing Canada’s volunteer ecosystem. Here are four common barriers and how to make newcomers feel welcome.
Two-thirds of volunteer-served organizations do not have enough volunteers to operate effectively, and volunteerism can help newcomers build a sense of community in Canada.
Canada’s volunteer ecosystem is currently suffering from a dearth of volunteers, with roughly two-thirds of volunteer-dependent organizations saying they cannot find enough support. Understanding the reasons why volunteers are quitting is crucial to reversing this trend.
Provincial governments depend on frontline non-profits and charities to provide basic services to clients who are unhoused, impoverished or have complex mental health issues. Without additional funding, today’s alarming rate of worker turnover will lead to a weaker social safety net.