Canada is a pretty amazing country – we can be caring, compassionate and giving. In 2010 almost 50% of Canadians volunteered for a charity or non-profit organization. That works out to over 2 billion hours of volunteer activities! Now why would so many Canadians give their time, talent and money to volunteer? Most of the time, because they were asked by a family member, friend or co-worker and together volunteers accomplish amazing things.
Dare2Give as part of the My Giving Moment Campaign put out by the Governor General challenges all of us to do a little more. A giving moment does not have to be a huge act that takes lots of time or money. Rather a giving moment looks for the everyday opportunities around us to make a difference. Imagine if everyone picked up 1 or 2 items for the food bank every time they went grocery shopping, the food bank shelves would look a lot different then they do now that is for sure. Dare2Give wants you to ask, well in this case dare, others to do their part.
I know that asking others to give their time, money or talents might make you a bit uncomfortable. I know, because I ask my friends and family to do that every year. It has been a tradition that I “Adopt-a-Family” for Christmas every year for over 10 years now. However giving a family an amazing Christmas complete with presents, practical household items, and a holiday meal is not something I could do myself. I put myself out there and ask my family and friends “Can you help?” And each time they come through for me, just take a look:
Together we make a difference in one family’s life to give them a Christmas they will never forget. Although their support for my yearly adopt-a-family project is amazing, I bet we could all be doing a little bit more. That is why I am going to dare 3 family members to take it one step further.
To my sister – You just moved to new city to start university. I dare you to to get to know your new community better by volunteering at least 1 hour of your time in the next month to a local organization or campus group. Have fun!
Aunt B – Just one of the food banks in your city gave out over 700 “holiday hampers” last year to needy families in your community. Let’s help fill a hamper. I dare you to make a donation to the local food bank.
To my Mom – I dare you to go through your closet and really look at all your clothes and pick out the ones you don’t wear anymore. I bet you can find at least 10 items to donate, let’s find them a new home and free up some space for you.
By asking someone to give along side you, you double the “giving” impact and help make Canada a more caring nation. So I challenge you, my readers, dare someone today to do just a little bit more and see the difference we can all make together. Don’t forget to submit your dare on the Dare2Give website or on the widget below, as you will have a chance to win some amazing prizes for the charity of your choice by Dec 14, 2014. Prizes include a TV and Radio Public Service Announcement for your charity, or business consulting sessions to help them grow and be more organized.
So get out there and start challenging others to Dare2Give and let’s see what we can accomplish together!