Header photo by Hamish Grant. Used with permission.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Volunteering Doesn't Get More Trendy

Toronto's 7th annual Timeraiser is coming up on March 20th.  This is an event where you can make a difference, bid on some local artwork and have a fun night out!

"What's a timeraiser?"

It's part volunteer fair, part silent auction and part night on the town.  Throughout the night, you meet representatives from different Toronto charities and not-for-profits who are looking for volunteers.  After you have found some agencies that interest you, you are able to bid on artwork in the silent auction.

But you don't bid with money.  You bid with volunteer hours. 

If you have the winning bid, you have 12 months to complete your pledge of volunteer hours to receive the artwork.  What a creative way to motivate people to make a difference in the community!

So far, Timeraiser events have:
  1. Generated over 51,000 volunteer hours
  2. Invested $300,000 in the careers of emerging artists
  3. Engaged 5,000 Canadians to pick up a cause
  4. Worked with 250+ charitable organizations.

I went to this event last year and was blown away by the number of young professionals in Toronto who took an evening out to learn about volunteering.  This is a tremendous opportunity to encourage volunteerism in the community and support local artists. 

Richelle Forsey
Late Night Laundromat
25" x 25"
Archival lightjet print

Click here for more of the art that you can bid on!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Zach for the blog post. We really appreciate you helping us to spread the word on the Toronto Timeraiser. The event is more than 60% sold out - it's going to be a great night! :)