Volunteers help people

Patricia, Janet, Heather and Nancy volunteer at
“Clothes and Collectibles” thrift shop.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Level 1
April 2010

Many people volunteer in Canada.
Volunteers do not get paid to work.
Volunteers help people in many ways.

For example:

  • Some volunteers help newcomers with their English.
  • Other volunteers help children learn a new sport.
  • Volunteers sometimes work in a store such as a thrift shop.
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A thrift shop sells used things like clothing, pictures and jewelry.
Used things are also called second-hand things.
The money from “Clothes and Collectibles” thrift shop helps seniors.

Why do people volunteer?

Janet and Heather love to meet new people. They say: "Volunteering is fun!" Photo: Nila Gopaul

Janet and Heather love to meet new people.
They say: “Volunteering is fun!”
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Patricia likes to help others. "I can also practice my English", she says. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Patricia likes to help others.
“I can also practice my English”, she says.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

At a thrift shop, Sue gives Nancy used things.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

What do volunteers do?

Emma checks a zipper. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Emma checks a zipper.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Dale sorts clothes. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Dale sorts clothes.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Dale sweeps the floor. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Dale sweeps the floor.
Photo: Nila Gopaul

Patricia counts money. Photo: Nila Gopaul

Patricia counts money.
Photo: Nila Gopaul