Dec. 5 is International Volunteer Day. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Greater Victoria residents recognized for International Volunteer Day

Thousands of people volunteer throughout the community every year

Thousands of people across the region are being celebrated today for their volunteerism.

Dec. 5 is International Volunteer Day, something that Volunteer Victoria executive director Lisa Mort-Putland says is very important.

“Any day that brings acknowledgment and recognition on the power and impact of volunteerism is an important day,” she said. “There are more than 3,000 non-profit societies in Greater Victoria. That number is larger than the number of businesses in downtown Victoria.”

Nationally, the non-profit sector is larger than the manufacturing sector.

ALSO READ: More volunteers needed to aid seniors coming out of hospital

The roles volunteers take are vast and varied, with some people sitting as volunteer board members and others as casual participants. Additionally, in recent years the idea of volunteerism has changed and become less rigid, and can now be seen in everyday actions such as picking up litter and baking cookies for children’s events.

“It’s such a broad term now, it’s much more casual,” Mort-Putland said. “Even one hour per year is still volunteering.”

Helping out others in the community is not necessarily a selfless act, Mort-Putland said; studies show that volunteering is actually beneficial for a person’s health.

ALSO READ: Greater Victoria volunteers among many recognized by Lieutenant Governor

“The act of giving releases the same kind of chemicals in the brain, dopamine, that are given to other activities that give us a natural high,” Mort-Putland said. “It releases those natural chemicals that give us energy and it’s just really good for our mental health and wellness, and it’s also about social inclusion in most cases.”

Volunteering is available to anyone of any age, background or ability. Every week hundreds of volunteer positions are posted on Volunteer Victoria’s website, with an influx around the holidays.

Anyone interested in learning more about these positions can visit volunteervictoria.bc.ca .

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook Send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

Volunteervolunteers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay deputy police chief and family cut Guatemala vacation short to return home

Belize border, punctured gas tank part of the adventure

Program makes a connection with isolated Victoria seniors

Phoning Seniors Together program lines up volunteers with seniors at Luther Court

West Shore businesses bring fitness online during COVID-19

At-home workouts offered to help community keep fit

Mental Health: Fractured services leave community to fill gaps

Greater Victoria service providers working together to help youth

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.; other tests pending

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Most Read