A few years ago, I was an adviser to a UK community Government project and we spent a lot of time looking into the impact of community volunteering and how widespread its effects truly are.
There are reminders all around us that we can help the community; whether it is helping somebody to fix a fence, helping somebody across the street or walking for charity, volunteering is a great way to give back and it is a selfless act.
Often we find it hard to find volunteers for causes and the problem is we spend a lot of time on the features of volunteering and less on communicating the benefits.
Have you thought about the benefits you will get from volunteering? If you consider the many benefits you will receive, you will be asking yourself why you aren’t more involved with helping a cause. Consider these 25 reasons to volunteer some of your time:
1. To make new friends
2. To build personal and professional contacts
3. To build your self-esteem and self-confidence
4. To develop new skills
5. To make a difference
6. To increase personal satisfaction
7. To add experience to your résumé
8. To develop people skills
9. To develop communication skills
10. To do something as a family
11. To explore career possibilities
12. To feel needed and appreciated
13. To share your skills with others
14. To be challenged
15. To do something different
16. To earn academic credit
17. To improve your health
18. To have fun!
19. To develop responsibility and character
20. To strengthen your sense of belonging
21. To learn. Wisdom from elders is priceless
22. Be a good citizen with conviction
23. Motivate yourself and others
24. Keeping active
25. Learning tolerance by working with other mindsets
You will get more out of your volunteer experience than you put into it. Gandhi said: “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Don’t hesitate to give some of your time to a worthy volunteer opportunity.
Winners volunteer so keep on winning…