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In the majority of cases, for about 70% of volunteers, volunteering is for pleasure or interest in a particular activity or cause.

Other reasons to commit are to socialize, to carry out a social project, out of a sense of duty based on personal and family activities or simply to help.

Volunteering also generates many benefits for the person who gives of their time. Among others, we can never say it enough, volunteering makes us happy.

What are the benefits of giving your time?

Volunteering connects us to others

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    Create new friendships and contacts
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    Increase social and relational skills
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    Discover new interests and hobbies
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    Be part of a group of enthusiastic people
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    Participate in the success of joint projects
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    Build self-esteem and self-confidence
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    Be a positive example for your children, your family and your community
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    Integrate into your new community or new country

Volunteering is good for the mind and body

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    Fight against the effects of stress, anger and anxiety
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    Fight depression
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    Increase happiness
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    Increase self-confidence
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    Help maintain good physical health
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    Reduce the frequency of heart disease and lowers blood pressure
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    Facilitate stress and anxiety management
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    The mortality rate among volunteers is lower than in the general population
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    Spread joy around oneself through empathy and the ability to listen

Volunteering can become a professional springboard

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    Get valuable references
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    Learn professional skills
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    Develop skills and abilities to take on new responsibilities
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    Expand your professional network
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    Expand your resume with new experiences
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    Become familiar with Québec’s work environment

Volunteering brings pleasure and fulfilment to our life

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    Contribute to making the world better
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    Explore your interests and passions
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    Escape and renew your energy
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    Make room for creativity
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    Provide motivation and a renewed vision

Source: helpguide.org and Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec

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