With most of us leading super busy lives, the idea of volunteering, giving your time and energy to a cause without financial reward – may seem an impossible task. I mean, how can we fit anything else into our already jam-packed schedules? However, volunteering is important for many reasons and doesn’t have to take up too much time. And, in fact, the benefits of volunteering are vast for the volunteer – not just the community, individual or organization receiving their assistance.
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being.
Volunteer work provides an organization with a free resource to help it meet its mission or goals, which often include filling the gap between an individual or community’s resources and those provided by the government. In many cases, volunteers are crucial to help maintain life, as when meals are delivered to homebound people. Sometimes volunteer work, such as renovating a playground, benefits the broader community. And while volunteer work is important for the individuals and communities served, it also benefits the volunteer.
You can do volunteer work from your home, in your neighborhood or in almost any setting around the world. This flexibility makes it easy to find projects that are convenient and suit your life goals. Most of our workforce is comprised of volunteers. If you have a few free hours that you can dedicate to others, or a skill that can be shared, we will be happy to channel it in the right direction.
Volunteers gain professional experience
Because volunteering provides individuals with new experiences, becoming a volunteer can help you discover your ideal career path. If your volunteer work aligns with your passions, volunteering can help you determine whether a career in that field will interest you. Additionally, volunteering provides valuable career information regarding your work habits and preferences. For example, you may discover through volunteering that you prefer to perform administrative tasks as opposed to sales or performance-driven tasks. Ultimately, volunteering can help you decide which career path to take and can help you assess your career goals.
Builds interpersonal skills
Volunteering helps individuals build interpersonal skills and communicate with other volunteers, which provides the foundation for engaging social relationships. If an individual sees themselves as shy or introverted, registering for volunteer work can provide opportunities to engage with other people and connect with the community. As a result, the individual can enhance their interpersonal and communication skills.
Volunteering can bring joy and happiness to the volunteer by giving them opportunities to help those in need. Similarly, becoming a volunteer can add opportunities for exciting and new experiences to your life and can allow you to pursue other areas that interest you. For example, if you work as an accountant and usually work indoors, you may find it beneficial to volunteer at an animal shelter or a home building organization so you can have more time outdoors.
|Tuesday||9:30 am to 3:00 pm||Food Prep|
|Wednesday||9:30 am to 2:00 pm||Serving & Distributing|
|Thursday||10:30 pm to 3:00 pm||Food Prep|
|Friday||10:30 am to 3:00 pm||Food Prep & Fundraising|
|Saturday||10:30 am to 3:00 pm||Food Prep & Fundraising|
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