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The spirit of volunteerism is high in region

Wednesday is 'International Volunteer Day'

Waterloo Region is a leader when it comes to volunteering.

It's estimated 48 per cent of those 15 years of age and older give back to the local community.

The executive director of the Volunteer Action Centre said that is around five per cent above both the national and provincial average.

"We do really well with getting people engaged here." Jane Hennig told

"International Volunteer Day" is held every December 5.

It offers volunteers and organizations an opportunity to celebrate their efforts and promote the work they are doing in their communities.

Hennig said it's why she has been doing what she has been doing for a living.

"My parents used to take me to nursing homes ... as a really young child. It just becomes part of who you are and what you do ... Once people start, they find how much they get back from volunteering, while they're giving, they're also receiving so much," she said.

You need to find something you really want to do, according to Hennig.

"And that's what charities are looking for, is people who are going to come, enjoy being where they're at ... enjoying the work they're doing, so they want to come back, that it makes them feel like they're really contributing." she added.

The Volunteer Action Centre works with around 200 local organizations.

You can find volunteer opportunities on their website. 


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