Belonging, Volunteering, Giving & Leadership 2008

  1. Having a Religious Affiliation

    Having a religious affiliation is believed to be of benefit to the individual, but also to support building social networks, civic engagement and voluntarism in a region.
  2. Participation in Social Networks and Social Activities

    Being socially connected with families, friends and with community contacts through social institutions, clubs and organizations fosters social interaction, increases a sense of belonging and inclusion, provides emotional support and builds possible networks for positive action.
  3. Trust in Others

    It takes trust in one another to build a safe community where everyone feels comfortable to engage with others and to turn to neighbours and officials when help is needed. Trust is also required to participate in shared community activities and to share resources and ideas.
  4. Sense of Community Belonging

    In 2005, 69.9% in Niagara reported they had a very strong or somewhat strong sense of belonging to their local community, higher than 62.9% in Waterloo Region, 65.5% of those in Ontario and 64.1% in Canada.
  5. Political Involvement

    Civic participation builds the capacity of a community and a nation. One way to exercise civic participation is through engaging in political activities, leadership and voting.
  6. Charitable Giving

    Niagara residents have increased the amount they give to charity each year from 2001 to 2006. The median charitable donation per year reached $290 per person in 2006; lower than the $310 Ontario median, but higher than the $250 median giving for all Canadians.
  7. Volunteering in Niagara

    Volunteering enriches the volunteer and contributes much to the community, the local economy and the non-profit sector to build the overall social capital of a region. Niagara has a rich array of human and cultural services that actively engage volunteers on their boards of directors and in aspects of their...
  8. Introduction to Belonging & Leadership

    A community builds what is called social capital when its citizens have a well developed sense of civic responsibility and generosity that is expressed through their voluntarism and involvement in the community.