Bridging the Gap is a groundbreaking study led by Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Manulife Financial, with the Carleton University Centre for Voluntary Sector Research & Development and Harris/Decima. The study asked volunteers what they wanted to get out of volunteering. A key finding in Bridging the Gap reveals that what they want depends on where they are in life.

Young people want real experience and to meet new people.

Professionals want to learn new skills and increase their professional network.

Families want to spend time together and pass on good values to their children.

Boomers aren’t ready to retire quietly; they want both to pass on their knowledge, and enjoy a more active retirement.

As Ruth MacKenzie, President & CEO of Volunteer Canada observes, “We need to nurture volunteers, and respond to their needs so that they, in turn, respond to the needs of Canadians.”

The Get Volunteering campaign provides online resources and tools to all Canadians. It is a rallying call to attract volunteers of all kinds. The goal is to inspire and motivate more Canadians than ever to volunteer.

If you’re one of them, you’ll have friends in high places.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has chosen volunteerism as one of the signature causes of his term. He cites volunteerism as essential to achieving a “smart and caring nation”.

As a smart and caring Canadian, now is an ideal time for you to decide to give back.