Volunteering in the community is one of the many requirements for a high school diploma. Tree planting, participating in fundraisers or summer camps are a few ideas to get the coveted forty hours. But beyond getting the hours required for graduation, this also gives people a chance to get involved in their community and make a difference by giving back. They get the opportunity to spend their time and energy in a cause that they believe in.

By getting involved, one can help others for the sake of Allah, which will give them the feeling of true contentment. With the right intentions, the rewards from Allah are infinite.

Recently, I helped clean up Harbour Park in Toronto for the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. For an early Saturday morning that could easily be spent sleeping in, a group of people came together to give back to the environment.

With so many benefits, here are a few organizations to help you get started:

Yaqin: A new organization aimed at giving the youth fun and interactive ways to learn about their religion, develop new skills and get involved in the community. They offer monthly workshops, trips and volunteer opportunities. www.facebook.com/yaqingroups

Muslim Student Association (MSA): A school club providing services to Muslim students through Friday prayers and events to join a Muslim community. Find out if your school has a club or start your own!

Evergreen: An environmental organization offering volunteer opportunities helping to green the cities we live in. If you’re interested in sustainability and working to create cleaner living spaces then check out Evergreen at: www.evergreen.ca

Mississauga Food Bank: This is a great way to help out those in your community by volunteering a few hours a week or planning a fundraising event to donate all items to the Mississauga Food Bank. http://www.themississaugafoodbank.org/

Pan-Am Games 2015: These games will be coming to Toronto and they are looking for youth volunteers who are passionate leaders. They have many opportunities to choose from so check out their website to find something for you. http://www.toronto2015.org/volunteer

and last but not the least:

MY Voice magazine:  Why look any further? If you love being part of a youth organization that is reaching out to the masses with their message, learning skills that will benefit you and helping you build a great network of writers, designers, editors, illustrators, photographers plus other roles, then sign on by emailing: info@myvoicecanada.com

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