TOP 10 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Experience a change of scenery. When you leave your office or home to help someone with cancer or someone with disabilities, you can open your mind to new ideas and a change of perspective.
- Better understand your community’s challenges. Learn about the value of “green space” or “community engagement”. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, “Oh the things that you’ll learn.”
- Direct your talents for public good. Take what you’re good at and apply it with purpose. Whether you’re a gardener, a writer, an accountant or <fill in the blank>, there’s a non-profit out there that can benefit from your talents.
- Gain new skills. Stretch yourself. Try your hand at mentoring children. Write an article for a newsletter or oversee a Facebook page. Help a non-profit update its bylaws. Through volunteering, you can polish your skills – or learn new ones.
- Make professional connections. Community service is not only the right thing to do, but also can assist with making connections. When you’re out in the community applying your skills and demonstrating follow-through, this enhances your reputation and, on occasion, can translate into business relationships.
- Develop new friendships. With one in four Americans volunteering, and one in three employed people volunteering, there are many incredibly interesting people to meet.
- Enhance your resume. When professionals are interested in a job but have too little experience in the field, why not seek a non-profit that would welcome your emerging skills in a volunteer capacity?
- Continue the family tradition, or start a new one. If your parents volunteered, chances are, you’re following in their footsteps. If your family didn’t, why not start a new tradition?
- Improve your health. Research shows that those who embrace volunteering have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life. What more could you ask for?
- Make a difference. The nine reasons above are mostly ways that community service can help you. But the number one reason to volunteer isn’t about you at all – it’s about others. It’s about giving back to our community and the people in it.
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