Celebrating Volunteers!

Volunteers are the backbones of our communities. Volunteers and non-profit organizations deliver services, provide care, support, and generally improve the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians everywhere. It is important to celebrate the role of the community sector and its immense value and importance to the social, economic and cultural fabric of our communities.

The Office of Public Engagement celebrates and promotes the work of volunteers by holding events and by supporting groups in their own efforts to thank volunteers.

Volunteer Rates in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • 46.4% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 15 years of age or older volunteer, the national average is 43.6%
  • Newfoundlanders and Labradorians volunteered a total of 30.2 million volunteer hours or an average of 151 hours of unpaid time each year
  • 66.7% of Newfoundland and Labrador youth between15-24 years of age volunteer, the national average is 53.2%
  • Canadians volunteered nearly 2 billion hours in 2013, the equivalent of nearly one million full-time jobs

* Statistics Canada, General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating, 2013 opens in new window opens in new window

Volunteer Week

Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the great work and the contributions of our volunteers. Volunteer Week 2016 was held from April 10th to the 16th and the theme was “The Many Faces of Volunteering”. The Office of Public Engagement partners with the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate volunteers throughout the province. For more information on Volunteer Week initiatives please visit: http://communitysector.nl.ca/volunteerweek opens in new window opens in new window. Stay tuned for information about Volunteer Week 2017.

Volunteer Recognition Programs

There are a number of programs available to celebrate the achievements of volunteers in this province. The Office of Public Engagement is responsible for the URock Awards which recognizes the contributions of youth throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Here are some other programs to explore when recognizing an outstanding volunteer:

Do you know of a recognition program not included here? Let us know!