Newcomer, New Community, New Volunteer!

Volunteering is a great way for newcomers to get to know their community, while learning about Canadian culture, practicing or learning skills and meeting new people. Just like engaging volunteers from other cultures, there are factors unique to engaging recent immigrants. For example, they might be unfamiliar with Canadian social norms or face language barriers. And yet, volunteering is often a valuable integration tool. For many, it’s also a steppingstone towards employment. This year, I had the pleasure to meet Debbi from the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick who (among other things) helps newcomers to find volunteer opportunities in […]

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Engaging Newcomer Volunteers

The Canadian volunteer landscape is changing: one in five Canadians is now an immigrant. While immigrants volunteer at a lower rate than people born in Canada (38% vs. 45%), they tend to contribute more hours (162 hours per year vs. 152 hours).  Why should your organization engage newcomers? To expand your volunteer base To access new and diverse perspectives  To increase cultural awareness To strengthen your relationship with the community Newcomers face three big challenges to getting involved: varying language skills, a lack of Canadian work experience and unfamiliarity with the community. This is why organizations must be welcoming, supportive […]

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