International Year of the Volunteer

According to Volunteer Canada, there are 12.5 million volunteers in this country, working to make a difference in their communities. The United Nations has declared 2011 the 10th International Year of the Volunteer.

To help celebrate the impact volunteers make, the Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration has set an interesting goal: to collect 2011 images of “helping hands” by the end of the year. (You don’t have to be a Torontonian to contribute.)

Helping Hands

Have a look at the images they’ve already collected. You may be inspired, as I was, to send in your image. (But be prepared, it may take a while for them to post your contribution!)

Or maybe you’ll be inspired to volunteer your time this year. 🙂

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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