The Habits of Highly Engaged People

Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Connect & Engage report showed that Metro Vancouver is a community of friendly people and vibrant neighbourhoods:

That sense of belonging is thanks in large part to the efforts of a specific group of people: those who join community organizations, show up at meetings and events, and help out their neighbours. A closer look at these highly engaged residents may help understand how to inspire more community engagement.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HIGHLY ENGAGED

Engagement starts with the smallest kindness: Highly engaged residents are more likely to interact with people they encounter in public, in a range of different ways.

CONNECTION AND ENGAGEMENT GO HAND-IN-HAND

If it sounds like highly engaged residents are friendly people, you’re right!

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING GIVES BACK

Our whole community benefits when people get involved. We see those benefits in the experience of people who actively volunteer and contribute: 74% of Metro’s highly engaged residents have a strong sense of belonging, compared to 63% in the overall population. But otherwise they mostly look like the community as a whole. That means that anyone can become a highly engaged resident. The more we contribute to our community, the more we’ll all enjoy feeling connected and engaged.

ABOUT THIS REPORT

This report is based on data from Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Connect & Engage report. All data comes from a survey that was administered by Mustel Group and completed online in either English or Chinese by 3,785 Metro Vancouver residents between June 15th and July 7th 2017. Of these, 1,356 said they had volunteered in the past year, been involved with at least one group, and participated in at least one community engagement activity: these are the people we refer to as highly engaged residents. The final sample was weighted to match Statistics Canada census data on the basis of gender, age, and region of residence.

For more, see vancouverfoundation.ca/connectandengage

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