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7 GTA stories to inspire your New Year’s resolutions

Diet and workout goals? Yawn. This year, resolve to give back and build healthy, vibrant communities

Welcome to another edition of New Year’s Resolution Frenzy™, where everyone vows to make Major Life Changes starting January 1st. But what if, instead of promising to shed extra kilos or organize every aspect of your daily life, you chose to channel that energy into making a difference in your community? Now that would be a year to feel good about.

Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up seven articles that will kick-start your resolution making and focus it outward rather than inward.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to snag a little catch-up time with friends—and make it actually mean something. (Face it, a quick thumbs-up on the socials isn’t the real connection you’re craving.) Our list of five fun group volunteering activities lets you spend quality time with your squad and make a difference in your community at the same time. Or maybe you’re time-starved but desperate to give back; microvolunteering might be the answer.

You may want to organize charitable activities with your co-workers or your kids. Or learn how to unleash your inner activist while becoming a respectful volunteer.

No matter what you do, make sure it fits you. Take our quiz to find your volunteer identity, and get started making this an unforgettable year of giving back.

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How to be a respectful volunteer

Planning to volunteer? Amazing! Here’s how to make sure you do it right—and courteously
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How to raise kids who understand the importance of giving back

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It’s never too early to teach kids about the importance of giving back. Here are four of the easiest ways to help your little ones learn about empathy, generosity and volunteerism.
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How to embrace—and unleash—your inner activist

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Three unstoppable women share why you sometimes need to shake things up to get things done
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What is microvolunteering—and why should I try it?

Turns out you can make a big impact with a small (time) commitment. Here’s how
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How to get your boss on board with workplace volunteering

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There are plenty of benefits, but if your boss still needs convincing, here’s what to do

What’s your volunteer identity? 

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Want to give back to your community but not sure how? Take this fun quiz to get started
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5 fun group volunteering opportunities in Toronto and the GTA

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Rewarding ideas to make your next date with the girls more than just a coffee catch-up