Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) – A recent survey finds nearly half of all Canadians are contributing to their communities in some way, shape, or form.

The survey by Leger marketing on behalf of Kubota Canada shows that 48% of Canadians are either volunteering, sitting on the board of an organization, or fundraising for various community initiatives. In Alberta, that number jumps to 72% who are already leaders in their community, actively working to create a sense of belonging.

When asked why they do it, many said it made them feel good to contribute; others said it was an opportunity to spend time with friends and meet new people; some said it gives them perspective and self-awareness.

However, there are still limitations and challenges that are holding people back. Among them are rising inflation and cost of living expenses, with people saying money or funding was a limiting factor in supporting or contributing to a community organization or initiative.

RELATED: Celebrating Community Heroes

Kubota is looking to celebrate those who help their community with its annual Community Hero initiative. It’s teamed up with the Canadian Hockey League to find those stepping up to become sources of strength and support in their communities.

The Community Hero contest, which runs until Sunday, November 6, encourages Canadians to nominate a local hero that deserves recognition for all they do in their communities. On December 9, three winners will be chosen, with one donation of $25,000 and two $5,000 donations given to the community initiative of their choice.

You can nominate a hero in your community at this link.