Atlantic Canadians the most giving with their time according to new poll to coincide with International Volunteer Day

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day, yet
Canadian workers admit they find workplace obligations prevent them from
giving more of their time to non-profit organizations.
    In fact, according to a new study by Workopolis, over half (51 per cent)
of respondents indicated they haven't recently volunteered any of their time
to a charitable organization. However, Atlantic Canadians are very giving of
their time with 32 per cent volunteering between one and five hours and 5 per
cent more than 50 hours - both are higher than the national average of 25 per
cent and 2 percent respectively.
    According to Andrea Garson, vice president of human resources,
Workopolis, here are a few other reasons why volunteering can work for you:

      -  Testing the waters. No matter your interest, there's an unpaid
         position at some non-profit that you can try. Think of it like
         swimming; before jumping in the deep end head first, stick your toes
         in the water by volunteering.

      -  Networking opportunities. More than half of job vacancies are not
         advertised and end up being filled internally or through external
         networking so volunteering can open new doors for you.

      -  Gaining experience. The typical "Catch-22" for those starting out in
         a particular field is this: "You can't get a job without experience,
         but you can't get experience without a job." Volunteering provides
         opportunities to gain experience and hone your skills.

      -  Volunteering increases your stock. Employers admire those with a
         social conscience who make it a priority to take action. It shows
         leadership, time management and altruism.

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