It’s not hard to figure out where to volunteer. Follow your interests and concerns, keep your eyes and ears open to needs in your community, pay attention to what the faith community or professional organizations you belong to are doing. Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea. Volunteering…
10) Promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Volunteer work gives you the chance to try something new and challenge yourself! Maybe you help build a home, maybe you make meals for elderly people, maybe you chaperone kids, maybe you plant a sharing garden. Whatever you choose, find something that stretches your skill set and enhances you as a person.
9) Expands Professional Experience. Community service gives you an opportunity to build your resume, grow your experience, and maybe even test out a new career!
8) Saves Resources. Lending a helping hand reduces the spend on labor and it frees up funds to help cover other necessary expenses.
7) Cultivates Civic Responsibility. Volunteering creates an investment in the community and it encourages a thoughtful mindset about the area you live in. It may even help you learn how to navigate the world of non-profit or government-supported foundations.
6) Builds Hope. When you support a cause, help an individual, or deliver an act of kindness, it puts a smile on people’s faces, and it inspires optimism and positivity.
5) Fortifies Community. As a volunteer you may beautify the community or improve schools, hospitals, fire departments, or other community service functions, or you might support youth or elderly people.
4) Establishes Strong Relationships. Studies show that people are lonely! So why not work and develop amazing friendships beside people who have a passion for the same cause as you? With a link to the same value proposition, you will grow relationships with purpose!
3) Creates Role Models. It is a proven fact that children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to volunteer as adults!
2) Encourages Fun! Volunteering is fun. It is usually laid back, casual, entertaining, exciting, and meaningful. It helps you appreciate a new side of life without spending money.
1) Extends your life! Volunteering builds a psychological well-being. It encourages joy and control over one’s fate, which strengthens the immune system and reduces stress.