On Saturday, September 9, Dalhousie and the DSU will be hosting the 10th annual Community Day, an annual event that provides you with an opportunity to give back to the local community by spending a day volunteering at various organizations around Halifax. I’ve been taking part for the past four years and have had amazing experiences, so here are my Top 6 reasons why you should sign up for Community Day.
1. Contribute to the community
When you’re at Dal you’re part of the university community, but you’re also part of the larger Halifax community. Community Day gives you an opportunity to give back a little bit to this great place. This year you can volunteer at organizations such as Parks Canada, Feed Nova Scotia, Hand in Hand, Halifax Cycling Coalition, Shelter Nova Scotia, Discovery Centre, and many more.
2. Get future volunteer opportunities
Community Day is only a one-day event but the fun doesn’t have to end there. Many of the organizations taking part were selected because they need more volunteers. If you’re interested, you could become an active volunteer throughout the year. (It’s great on the resume, and makes you feel good!) So find a place that interests you and apply to volunteer on a regular basis.
3. Explore the city
Each organization is within the Halifax area (known as HRM, or Halifax Regional Municipality) so this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore new and exciting parts of the city. You’d be amazed what you find when you go beyond the campus neighbourhood!
4. Meet new people
Community Day is another great opportunity to meet Dal and King’s students from first year to fourth or fifth. At each organization, small groups of volunteers work collectively on a project or task, so it’s a great way to meet new people who also enjoy volunteering and share similar interests. Plus, this year faculty and staff are invited to take part, so you might work side-by-side with one of your profs!
5. Collect volunteer hours
Dal’s Bissett Student Success Centre: Academic Advising & Career Services has a great program called DalConnects. It’s a free leadership certificate program for Dal students, but you need volunteer hours to complete it. After participating in Community Day, you’ll already have a full day of volunteer hours to put towards a certificate!
6. Free food
Yep, if you register and volunteer on the day, you get free lunch and dinner!
Visit the website to see a full list of participating organizations and to register.
Xavier can’t get enough Community Day.