10 BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING


Did you know that April 23rd-29th is National Volunteer Week in the United States? It's the perfect time to find ways to give back. From donating clothes, blankets or food to a local charity, assisting an elderly
neighbor or friend with chores or errands or even donating blood, there are endless ways to give back to your local community through volunteering.


The common denominator for all volunteer work is that it is unpaid. So why would you want to devote your time to work that doesn't pay you anything? Because not only can volunteer work be fulfilling, it offers some big benefits. Here are 10 great reasons why you should volunteer.


Volunteering …
  1. Makes you feel good. Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference. The benefits of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment are worthwhile reasons to serve.
  2. Improves your health. Research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health. According to a report from the federal Corporation for National & Community Service, those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
  3. Strengthens your community. By acting to make your community a better place you improve the quality of your community and the quality of life for all in it.
  4. Strengthens your ties to your community. Volunteering connects you with community in a tangible way, acquainting you with resources and revealing fun and fulfilling activities.
  5. Sets a great example for your kids. When kids see you volunteer or, even better, volunteer with you they learn the importance of helping others, making a difference and being part of a larger whole. A child who engages with community and who continues to help others as he or she grows may be happier and healthier. Volunteering together as a family can help you bond with your loved ones while giving back to the community.
  6. Helps you develop relationships and relationship skills. Volunteering can help you deepen your existing relationships, develop new relationships, expand your social and professional networks, and improve your social skills. Volunteering with others can help you get to know people better. It can also be a great way to meet new people by exposing you to people with common interests.
  7. Gives you opportunities to pursue your interests. Participating in activities you find meaningful and interesting offers opportunities for creativity, fulfillment and enjoyment that will improve all aspects of your life.
  8. Helps you improve personally and professionally. Volunteering offers you the opportunity to build upon your existing skills. You can also develop new skills and/or get experience in a new area of personal interest, get practical training and experience in a professional field, or to obtain certification or credentials for a job or educational pursuit. Many organizations offer training and/or professional development opportunities for their volunteers.
  9. Shares your knowledge. You have tons of information and skills to share, so help others learn from your wealth of knowledge. Your experience and understanding can be great assets to an organization that is working to serve in your community.
  10. Builds a student’s resume. Volunteering can be a great way for students to enhance their resumes for college, as well as for job hunting after they have completed their educations. In addition to providing valuable personal and professional skills as noted above, volunteering demonstrates ambition, drive and commitment.
Volunteering brings positive change to so many lives, including your own. So get out there and do some good! 




Source: Lifecare

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