MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Right now, three World Vision
volunteers from BC -- Robert Edwards from Burnaby, Carmen Denby from Kelowna and Sue Cronck from Abbotsford -- are in Peru, discovering
the impact of World Vision programs first hand. The group is working on
projects in Tierra Prometida, Genesis, Miramar and Alto Chicama, and getting to know some of the local children who are in need of
sponsors. Upon their return, Robert, Carmen and Sue will celebrate
National Volunteer Week (April 6 - 12) with a new appreciation for the
true value of the unpaid hours they dedicate every year.
Volunteers are essential to World Vision, as they are to community
groups, hospitals, shelters, churches, and other not-for-profit
organizations. They teach, they lead, they support, they sacrifice,
they inspire… and they make it possible for entire sectors, like
international development, to thrive. Their efforts allow organizations
to be better stewards of their donors' dollars and make every donation
reach that much further. In Canada alone, half of all non-profit
organizations and charities are entirely run by volunteers. Roughly,
this means that for every person employed at a charity, there are seven
According to the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating by Statistics Canada, volunteers in Canada have increased by 1 million in Canada since 2007.
From the same survey, 13.3 million Canadians, or about half the
population over the age of 15, have volunteered.
The Gallup World Poll found that 16 per cent of the adult population worldwide volunteers
with an organization.
If volunteers were a nation, they would make up the 10th largest country
in the world.
For more statistics and helpful infographics, please follow this link.
NOTE: Robert Edwards and Sue Cronck will be returning to BC April 10th and 8th respectively. Carmen Denby will be extending her stay and can be
available via Skype from Peru.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Image with caption: "Volunteering infographic (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140401_C8120_PHOTO_EN_38698.jpg
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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