There’s no doubt that at the core of most successful organizations, movements, and communities are a ton of committed volunteers. Volunteers help run food banks, after-school programs, huge happenings like Earth Day, and community-based events like concerts and triathlons. But organizations and movements aren’t the only beneficiaries here – have you ever considered how volunteering can benefit you?
Here are our top 10 reasons why volunteering can do your body, mind, and soul a whole lot of good!
1. Connections: Volunteering helps you build connections that can lead to unexpected, and great, opportunities and friendships.
2. Knowledge: Ever wondered how to organize a rally, run a community garden, or plan a fundraiser? Being a volunteer can give you hands-on experience and knowledge in the areas that interest you most.
3. Jobs: You can learn about all kinds of jobs by volunteering for the companies and organizations you’re curious about. Often, your volunteering itself can turn into a job!
4. Satisfaction: From a day at a soup kitchen to giving each of the shelter dogs a bath, finishing a project gives you a sense of satisfaction that can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
5. Human Relations: Volunteering lets you practice and develop how you relate to others. You’ll learn how to communicate, problem-solve, and deal with conflict –skills that will benefit all areas of your life!
6. Health: There’s a clear link between being healthy and being a volunteer – studies show that people who volunteer 100 hours per year are more likely to live longer and feel less depressed.
7. Power: Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Volunteering gives you the power and ability to create the changes you want to see in your school, community, and the world.
8. Passion: Volunteering can help you learn about yourself and discover what you’re passionate about. Since being a volunteer is your choice, you get to decide when, where, and for which organizations you volunteer. Don’t be afraid to try different things!
9. Culture: You don’t have to travel abroad to experience other cultures and meet people who live in totally different ways than you. Volunteering helps you get out of your comfort zone and into the diverse world that exists right inside your city limits.
10. Fun: Having fun is important – it’s good for your health and total wellbeing. Seriously…can you think of a better benefit of being a volunteer?
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