Caring Canadians: Survey shows we want to open our hearts



    A recent survey by Kijiji Canada shows that 83 per cent of Canadians
    over 30 would choose to volunteer in their community. If you are one of
    these "Caring Canadians," Kijiji offers the following tips to get a head,
    or a heart, start

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ -

    1. Know thyself: Not sure where to start or what to do? First take stock
    of your current hobbies or interests and look for a related volunteer
    opportunity doing something you already enjoy. Also, consider any
    professional skills you have that could be put to good use at a
    charitable organization.

    2. Research, research, research: A recent Kijiji survey found that
    one-in-10 Canadians said local online classified sites are most
    convenient for finding community-based volunteer opportunities(1). To
    pinpoint a volunteer position that's tailor-made for you, check out the
    almost 900 volunteer-related postings right now on Kijiji.ca, from
    63 cities across Canada.

    3. Time is of the essence: Narrow down opportunities to places that are
    within walking distance or require only an hour or two a week. Most
    neighbourhoods have community centres or local libraries, so look for
    causes close to your doorstep.

    4. Branch out: Learning a new skill is often a motivator for volunteer
    work. For some, a simple change in daily routine is intriguing. Sharpen
    writing skills at a local community newspaper or spend less time indoors
    through dog-walking or city clean-up programs.

    5. Use the buddy-system: Encouraging a friend or relative to volunteer is
    a great way to spend quality time with a loved one. The same Kijiji
    survey found that women are more likely than men of the same age to
    consider volunteering in an event or activity in their community - so
    ladies, bring your man...or perhaps there is a chance you'll meet one...

    6. Giving back is getting back: The adage "to give is to receive" is old
    for a reason - it's true! As much as you'll be helping someone who needs
    it, you'll also get something back that is priceless.

    (1) The survey was conducted for Kijiji Canada by Leger Marketing, from
    December 13 - 18, 2006, with a representative sample of 1,000 Canadians
    over the age of 30. The survey is considered accurate within +/- 3.1 per
    cent, 19 times out of 20.

    About Kijiji

    Kijiji, which means "village" in Swahili, is a group of classifieds-style
web sites that offer a convenient, fun, and easy way for people in the same
city to meet, trade, share ideas, and help each other out in areas such as
housing, jobs, goods, services, cars, and personals. The entire Kijiji family
includes the Kijiji, Gumtree, LoQUo, Intoko, and Marktplaats brands. Kijiji
sites are currently available in over 500 cities in more than 20 markets
around the world; it is the most visited classified site in Canada with over
3.5 million unique visitors per month.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Clark, Environics Communications, (416)
969-2758, or aclark@environicspr.com


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