Getting back from giving back

Benefits of volunteering numerous for Amex Canada and its employees (Guest Commentary)
By David Barnes
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/22/2011

Canadians are known the world over for their generosity. So it should come as no surprise we prefer to give back rather than hold back.

The numbers are incredible: Nearly one-half (46 per cent) of Canadians aged 15 and older volunteered for a charitable or non-profit organization in 2007, according to Statistics Canada. Together, they contributed 2.1 billion hours of work, which represented the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs.

The most common reason Canadians volunteer is a desire to make a difference in their community (93 per cent), followed by wanting to make use of skills and experience, and pitching in because they have been personally affected by the cause.