Belonging, Volunteering, Giving & Leadership 2014

  1. Introduction to Belonging, Volunteering, Giving and Leadership

    When people engage in charitable giving, voluntarism and community leadership, it strengthens Niagara. Helping others gives one a sense of satisfaction, belonging, self-worth and connectedness. Creating opportunities for people to participate socially and belong to networks is important for quality of life for people of all ages. When individuals choose...
  2. Charitable Giving

    Charitable Giving refers to donations (both financial and tangible goods) made by residents of the Niagara Region. Source: Charitable Giving by Canadians, April 16, 2012, Statistics Canada Retrieved From: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11637-eng.pdf Charitable Giving Statistics for Canada Between 2007 and 2010 Approximately 24 million Canadians aged 15 years and over made a...
  3. Economic Contribution of Volunteers

    Volunteers’ contributions are worth approximately $14 billion per year in Canada (Martinson & Halpern, 2011; National Seniors Council, 2010). This value is equivalent to 1.4% of Canada’s GDP. The actual calculation of the economic value of volunteers is complex and requires the consideration of a number of factors. Volunteer Canada...
  4. Participation in 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. Social networks are created through joining activities/organizations such as clubs, a committee, or a...
  5. Religious Affiliation

    Vezina and Crompton (2012) note that individuals who are religious in some manner, do have higher levels of volunteering, participation and giving. This is verified by data from the 2010 CSGVP (Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participation) which shows that volunteers who are religious and attend services weekly gave...
  6. Sense of Community Belonging

    Sense of community belonging refers to how one identifies with their community, and how it impacts them as a result. It is different than participation in community activities and events. Statistics Canada states that research shows a high correlation of sense of community belonging with physical and mental health. Table...
  7. Trust in Others

    Trust can be considered a proxy measure of social capital in a community. Trust is essential in forming social networks and groups within a community, and allows for greater social engagement. Social capital “refers to the institutions, relationships, and norms that shape the quality and quantity of a society’s social...
  8. Volunteering

    Formal Volunteering can be defined as individuals giving their time to assist others on behalf of an organization. It is different from informal volunteering as volunteers must go through some organization to volunteer, rather than spontaneously engaging in volunteerism. This indicator illustrates the number of volunteers who are volunteering with...
  9. Voter Turnout

    Voter turnout refers to the number of eligible voters who cast a ballot in elections. According to the Conference Board of Canada: “One indicator commonly used to measure social cohesion is the proportion of individuals who participate in the political system. Determining the underlying influences of declining voter turnout rates...