Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS! – Unknown
So you’ve decided to look up the importance and benefits of volunteerism – that is great! This topic means a lot to me because I’m a volunteer and have spent the last two weeks building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Through Habitat I experienced first hand the enormous benefits of volunteering. I had no idea that by helping others, I would actually be helping myself.
So here’s 5 quick reasons why you should want to volunteer!
5 Encouraging Reasons to Volunteer
The Importance of Volunteering – Volunteering is one of the most important things you can do as an individual. Volunteering results in you improving lives, solving problems, strengthening communities, increasing hope, and transforming yourself for the better! Yes you will have to donate your time but it is a worthy investment in making yourself and others happy.
Not to mention you will gain friends, increase your chances of being hired by an employer, learn new skills, and have an emotionally uplifting experience which could never be felt by having money or fame. Heck, volunteering is honestly one of the easiest ways I have been able to explore my passions and interests while having fun! If you are ready to see how your contributions can make a difference and let other people know someone cares, then it’s time to volunteer.
If you insist on measuring yourself, place the tape around your heart rather than your head. – Carol Trabelle
The Health Benefits of Volunteering – Over the past 20 years new research has been released proving the suspicion that if you volunteer, you are going to experience health benefits. This research has found that by volunteering you will have a lower mortality rate, increased body function (especially among seniors), and lower rates of depression (largely due to the fact that your social network will broaden).
I recommend you read, “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” by CNCS if you’d like to learn more.
Benefits for Volunteering in the Community – I like to think of volunteering as the glue that holds the community together. When you volunteer in your community you become part of the elite team of people who make the place you live in a warm home to its inhabitants. Through volunteering you get to strengthen the ties within your community, improve neighborhood resources, make new local friends, and expand your social network.
While I have been out volunteering for my community I’ve been able to befriend a group of like-minded people with similar interests and passions right here in my hometown.
Benefits for Volunteering at a Hospital – I think volunteering in a hospital is a very reputable way to give your time. By volunteering in a hospital you get to see firsthand how you are impacting a persons life. Sadly, some patients in hospitals have no family or friends to come visit them. At the very least you will be giving someone in need a listening ear and companion through a very difficult time or even the last moments of their life. If you like children, by volunteering to play games or entertain them you can leave a lasting impression.
Also if you are thinking of entering the ever popular medical field, volunteering is a fantastic way to get first hand experience and skill sets. This will also help boost your resume as employers realize volunteers are often honest, conscientious, and hard working individuals. Volunteering could also help you network with people in the field to gain an internship or get your foot in the door.
To Volunteer is to Be Happy – In short volunteering is pure happiness. Happiness for you and happiness from those that benefit from you.
Speaking from experience – when you volunteer, you will most certainly feel a sense of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment. You will be making a proud choice to serve the members of your community and country and you will feel their gratitude. You will become a person of outstanding character who on your own decided to give your time, energy, and skills freely for a good cause.
Your doing good for others will also increase your motivation, self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. The more volunteering continues to make you feel good about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive outlook on your life and future. You’ll be happy after volunteering because you will see that although you are only one person you are one person who is making a difference!
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. – Helen Keller
Volunteering greatly increases the happiness of you, your family, your friends, and your community.
P.S. – If you have ever volunteered or are going to volunteer, I want to personally thank you for the kindness in your heart and for working to make the world we live in a wonderful place!
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