GetInvolved.ca Marks International Volunteer Day with Goal of 2,000,000
Volunteer Hours

A National Campaign that asks for Canadians' time, not money, to make a difference in 2010

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - GetInvolved.ca, Canada's online social network for the socially conscious, today announced a new national campaign, Power of the Hour, in honour of International Volunteer Day (December 5th, 2009). Power of the Hour encourages individuals, groups and businesses large and small to help reach a goal of 2,000,000 volunteer hours in 2010.

"We want people to think about the value of giving their time-at their local school, on the soccer field or helping a cause or charity that makes a difference in their community," said Dorothy Engelman, Senior Partner at q media solutions and founder of Get Involved. "There has never been a more important time to get involved by donating to charities and organizations in need of time, skills and expertise."

Canadian individuals, families and businesses can pledge their volunteer hours at www.getinvolved.ca. The Get Involved website connects individuals who want to make a difference to charities and not-for-profit organizations who need their help. The site also showcases 50 video profiles on everyday individuals who make a difference and hosts a blog promoting social activism and the power of social media.

Getinvolved.ca is a two-year partnership between q media solutions (http://www.qmediasolutions.com), and TVO (http://www.tvo.org). Get Involved was made possible thanks to the financial participation of the Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund (http://www.ipf.ca/Bell/English/BellFund.html), a fully audited grant. Power of the Hour is a National campaign in partnership with Volunteer Canada (http://volunteer.ca).

Available for Interview:

Amanda Belzowski (www.lemonade4heart.org)

A 12 year old volunteer fundraising powerhouse who has raised more than $135,000 to date for children living with heart and stroke problems.

Bilaal Rajan (www.makingchangenow.com) a 12 year old social activist, philanthropist, fundraiser, UNICEF Ambassador, motivational speaker and author. To date, he has raised over $5 million for HIV/AIDS orphans, tsunami relief, aid for Hurricane-devastated Haiti and earthquake victims in India. Bilaal possesses an extraordinary talent for engaging and motivating others and his remarkable accomplishments prove that one is never too young to Get Involved!

Dorothy Engelman (www.qmediasolutions.com)

Senior Partner, q media solutions and founder of Get Involved.

Ruth Mackenzie (www.volunteer.ca) President, Volunteer Canada

About q media solutions:

q media solutions is a full service, Toronto-based production company. The company's award-winning work includes integrated campaigns for national television networks and national daily newspapers and multi-part television series shot and broadcast around the world. Additionally, the company does pro bono work for a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Get Involved is funded with the generous support of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

About Get Involved: Get Involved is a series of 50 documentary shorts celebrating people from 7-70 who are making a difference in their schools, in their community and through their work. They are stories of inspiration. Getinvolved.ca was created to transform that inspiration into action.

SOURCE GETINVOLVED.CA

For further information: For further information: Patrick McCaully, Pointman Public Relations, (416) 855-9427, patrick@pointmanpr.com, www.pointmanpr.com

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