April 10 – 16 is National Volunteer Week in Canada! Volunteers are critical to sports and recreation organizations in Alberta. Here are some interesting stats from the 2007 Giving and Volunteering for Sports & Recreation Organizations in Alberta survey:
- Sports and recreation organizations comprise the largest component of the nonprofit sector in Alberta – 26% of the 20,000 organizations in Alberta
- Two thirds of hours worked for sports and recreation organizations came from volunteers
- 370,000 Albertans (13% of the population over the age of 15) volunteered for sports and recreation organizations in the year the study was conducted, for 43.5 million hours
- Most common volunteer activities include organizing or supervising events (44%); coaching, refereeing or officiating (40%); fundraising (40%); or sitting on a board or committee (29%)
Make sure to take time this week to thank those volunteers working with your organization!