Volunteers are Canada’s lifeline. From teaching art to our seniors to coaching hockey to our kids, from donating blood in our hospitals to giving time at our community centers – volunteers across the country are making our lives better.
That’s why we pledge to inspire, support and engage individuals and organizations who are giving their time and resources to their communities. We believe that every volunteer, every volunteer act, and every hour given back helps Canadians prepare to build a stronger future for our country. And preparing for the future is something that Manulife gets behind every day.
Canadians have always been passionate about giving back. We pledge to encourage them to act on their passion. We’re backing a host of initiatives that celebrate volunteer efforts across Canada and inspire a new generation of volunteers.
|In celebration Manulife’s 125th anniversary, you are invited join an exciting new social media campaign on our Get Volunteering Facebook page called the Drive to 125. The campaign challenges you and all Canadians to collectively pledge 125,000 volunteer hours in support of community organizations that you care about. Everyone who makes a pledge has a chance to win $10,000 for the registered charity of their choice. The campaign runs until December 5, 2012, the date the United Nations has declared International Volunteer Day. |
Pledge your volunteer hours now
|Gens de cœur|
In Quebec, we partnered with Radio-Canada Television to celebrate and recognize the most inspiring volunteers in “la belle province.” Called Gens de coeur, this multi-media program was highlighted through television, the web and La Presse. It included an exciting contest in search of our inspiring volunteers. Quebecers were invited to participate by nominating volunteers making a significant difference.
Meet the 2011 winner
There has never been a greater need for volunteers than right now. So we have built partnerships with leading volunteer organizations and non-profits to create new tools and resources that grow the potential of Canada’s volunteering community.
|What's your VQ? |
Take the quiz and find out! The VQ is a volunteer quiz to help you discover your Volunteer Type and match you to volunteering opportunities and organizations best suited to your personality, interests skills and talents.
Try it now
|Bridging the Gap Research Report|
What makes today’s volunteers tick? How can we help Canadians get more from their volunteer experiences and help community organizations better understand the needs of today’s volunteers? To find out, we commissioned a landmark research report, called Bridging the Gap. Developed with our partners Volunteer Canada, The Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development and Harris Decima, the research explored today’s volunteers and potential volunteers to learn who they are, what they’re looking for and what they can offer, so that everyone’s efforts can be more effective.
|Building Blocks for Family Volunteering: Key Resources for Families|
The Bridging the Gap Research Report found that many families want to volunteer together. Parents realize that volunteering connects families in a meaningful way that instills values and boosts social awareness in their children. In response, Manulife and Volunteer Canada teamed up to develop new tools focused on family volunteering.
We pledge to grow Canada’s army of volunteers by engaging them through a number of exciting initiatives that match their interests, skills and schedules with perfect volunteer opportunities.
|The Manulife Matching Tool|
Whether you’re an individual looking for a great volunteer opportunity or a charity looking for amazing volunteers, visit the Manulife Matching Tool at getvolunteering.ca and get matched based on your unique skills, interests and location! In partnership with Volunteer Canada and Get Involved, we have created an online matching tool to help volunteers and organizations connect.
To learn more, visit www.getvolunteering.ca and click on “Get Matched.
|The Volunteers Among Us|
The driving force of our commitment has always been Manulife employees and their long tradition of giving back. We support their efforts in a number of ways. Our Community Spirit Days offer employees a day off with pay to volunteer for a charity of their choice. Through our Helping Hands program, employees who volunteer 25 hours or more for a registered charity can apply for a $500 grant for the charity. And if an employee raises money for a registered fundraising event, our PowerMatch Program will match it up to $150.
For information about Manulife’s overall corporate giving program in Canada and our online funding guidelines, please visit www.manulife.com/community