Four Benefits Of Doing Volunteer Work
For some, when they think of volunteer work they may think why should I help someone else? Or, I don’t have time for that. True, I don’t know your schedule, but volunteer work doesn’t have to be as time consuming as you may think, and it offers many benefits as well.
It feels good – Doing good for others often feels good. Give someone an unexpected authentic compliment and notice how their smile makes you feel. Volunteer to help cancer patients, or work a hotline for a cause you believe in, and pretty soon you may realize that you’re getting more out of it than you’re giving.
Perspective on life – Cynicism, social media, and getting wrapped up in our own problems, can sometimes blind us to the blessing in our lives. Volunteer work, putting the attention off of ourselves to help others, can assist in bringing us back around to a more grounded space, and balanced perspective.
It can be social too – By volunteering for something you believe in you may meet people of similar interests, make new friends, or maybe even meet the love of your life!
It’s a resume builder – For young people, or people interested in changing careers, or having an edge on someone you may be competing against for a promotion, it is a great way to get experience and stand out.
Getting back to the time commitment. Don’t assume it is something you have no time for. Sometimes volunteering can be as minimal as helping to promote a cause on social media. Take it one step at a time. Research what you’re interested in and see what the options are.
You can also combine volunteering with something you already do. For example, if you like to exercise, and are healthy enough to do so, maybe join a walk or run to raise money for charity. Here is one link that can help you do just that: https://www.active.com/walking/articles/5-ways-to-walk-for-charity
Here are some more links to help get you started:
- http://www.bbbs.org/get-involved/ (Big brothers and big sisters)
- https://www.vfw.org/ (To help veterans)
- https://www.volunteerforever.com/ (For volunteering abroad)
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