December 02, 2013 11:27 ET Canada's Largest Volunteer Network Celebrating 5th Anniversary on International Day of the Volunteer-December 5th

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2013) - Celebrate International Day of the Volunteer by finding your volunteer match at

Founder Dorothy Engelman of Q Media Solutions is proud to celebrate's 5th anniversary on December 5th a day that honors the millions who give their time and talent each year. "There are lots of places now where volunteers can find opportunities but at Getinvolved, alongside the thousands of opportunities, we have Canada's largest community of volunteers where organizations can Get Matched1 to over 10,000 passionate volunteers who are offering their time and talent." So if you're an accountant who cares about kids, a techie who is passionate about international development, or a student looking to build your resume is a great way to get your feet wet.

Alexa Marschel, 29, used to find Canadian work experience and says "Getinvolved offers a great interface, I just loved being able to really hone in on what I wanted. If you've got some time, and you've got some passion, you will find something that's right for you because there are so many great organizations."

At organizations can easily find volunteers with the skills they need matched to an organization's cause. Coalition of Youth Councils Founder, Tyler Johnson says "we have found amazing volunteers through Getinvolved, skilled, committed volunteers some of whom are now going into their second year volunteering with us in a management capacity."

"Volunteer Canada's partnership with Getinvolved plays an important role in connecting volunteers and organizations in the digital space," says Steven Tipman CEO and President, Volunteer Canada. "Our research2 shows that 33% of Canadians who want to volunteer for the first time, are not sure where to begin. Getinvolved and the Get Matched tool - supported by our partnership with Manulife Financial - assists individuals to find volunteer opportunities that fit their skills and interests, so that they can support organizations that need them most."

At, you can find

3000+ organizations from across the country with over 5000+ Volunteer Opportunities

• where you can Get Matched to opportunities matched to your skills and interests

An interactive Quiz that helps you identify what kind of volunteer you are

100+ inspirational videos and resources

Dorothy Engelman notes Getinvolved has come a long way. "When we started in 2008 communities like ours were in their infancy. We are proud to be celebrating our 5th Anniversary. It's exciting to be making a contribution to supporting volunteers and the amazing organizations who rely on their skills. None of this would be possible without our committed partners, Manulife Financial, Volunteer Canada and TVO."

Background on

Launched in December of 2008 in partnership with TVO Getinvolved has forged strategic partnerships with Volunteer Canada and Manulife Financial who funded significant enhancements to the site as the sponsors of GetMatched in the spring of 2011. Today is Canada's largest FREE online volunteer network including:

3000 national, local and grass-root organizations

> 10,000 volunteers Canada's largest source of skilled volunteers

> 5000 volunteer opportunities Canada's single largest source of volunteer opportunities

> 500 virtual volunteers and opportunities

> 100 videos featuring activists, innovators and social entrepreneurs

Video Testimonials for link

Background on International Day of the Volunteer

Volunteers are leading social change around the world. This special day promotes the work of volunteers at all levels, including local, national and international


Dorothy Engelman, Executive Director and Founder,

Steven Tipman, President and CEO, Volunteer Canada

Tyler Johnson, Coalition of Youth Councils Founder

Alexa Marshcel, Volunteer

1 Get Matched is supported through a partnership with Manulife Financial.

2 "Bridging the Gap - Enriching the volunteer experience to build a better future for our communities", page 4. Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Manulife Financial, copyright 2010.

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