Ever since my children were registered into recreational sports such as soccer and hockey, my husband and I volunteered with the local youth organizations in the positions of convenor and/or assistant coach. We always thought that it was necessary to teach our children the importance of giving back to their community without being paid for our time and devotion. Volunteering helps strengthen our community!
In 2009, I took on a massive community project by entering our beloved Navan into the Kraft Hockeyville Competition. After our second attempt, we ended up making it to the top 10 Cities in Canada. The pride and joy of the residents could be heard and seen all over the community. It brought back many memories of hockey dating back from the early 1900’s. People, businesses, and organizations spent endless hours promoting their community. The Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, even declared January 30th, 2011 Navan Hockeyville Day and City Council all sported hockey jersey’s in support of Navan’s bid during a meeting. Within 6 months, we ended up organizing 6 community events to benefit charitable organizations and non-profit associations. Volunteering adds meaning in so many ways from making new friendships to showing ourselves and the people around us that we do care!
For the past few years at Christmas, my family and I give a gift to a complete stranger and donate to a Canadian charity in the hopes that someone will spend a more meaningful holiday. In the past, we have made contributions to our local Community Resources Centre, the Ottawa Food Bank, and last year we donated $50 to World Vision Canada, so they could purchase 2 hens and a rooster for a family in need in an underdeveloped country.
If you can’t spare to give money to a charity during the holidays, why not volunteer your time to a local charitable or non-profit organization? You can choose a family cause and volunteer together! What a wonderful opportunity to spend time with each other, give back to yourself, and to your community, and make your city a better place to live!
I was so excited when I was approached to take part in the Dare2Give My Giving Moment Campaign, inspired by the Governor General of Canada. This unique campaign would like Canadian ‘givers’ to dare friends, relatives, and co-workers to donate or volunteer with them. A great way to accomplish donating is to dare them and it also doubles the giving impact by daring someone to give with you! Can you just imagine how this would make Canada a better place and a more caring country if every giver would challenge another person to volunteer or donate along with them!
To incite givers to dare their friends, family and colleagues, the current givers will have a chance to enter to win for their favourite charity! The contest ends on December 14th, 2014 with a grand prize of a television commercial to the winner’s charity!
As a giver, I would like to dare 3 of my closest blogger friends to give non-perishable food donations to their local Food Bank or to make a monetary donation to their favourite charitable organization during the holiday season!
Sandy from Canadian Blog House
Lian from Reese Speaks
Tracy from Ottawa Mommy Club
Now is your turn to dare people you know to make a difference in their community and make it a better place to live!
Please visit the Dare2Give website or see below to enter how many dares you have made for a chance to win for your favourite charity!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.