I am retired and have a desire to help in my community; that makes the decision to volunteer an easy one! As a Chinese-Canadian, I enjoy helping other members of the community live happy, healthy lives. I assist with organizing activities and getting people involved and taking part. I also benefit – mentally, physically, and emotionally – from helping others; I feel great! There are many personal benefits to my volunteerism, however others see those benefits as well; volunteering can save Canadians a lot of tax dollars. We work for free to build a community and make it strong. When one participates in a project, that project becomes part of that person. A sense of belonging develops and a cohesive force is created.