By contributing time, energy, and skills to their community, people gain a greater sense of belonging and connection. They are more likely to care for their environments and the people around them; imagine less graffiti, more local shopping, less crime, more block parties, and increasing community pride. This is especially important in a rapidly growing city like Airdrie, where we are seeing the strains of growth and below-average levels of community volunteerism.
The research shows that volunteers are more likely to lead connected lives, improving their personal well-being and sense of meaning. As a result, we see less social isolation which is often linked to stress and to poor health – this will reduce health care costs. Imagine the improved impact for social benefit organizations, whose strong volunteer base makes them more able to deliver on their mandates! We are working towards an inclusive and neighbourly Airdrie that is well-known for its caring citizens who make a difference wherever they can.