With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering could be enormous to you, your family, and the community where you would volunteer. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Learn more about the many benefits of volunteering below:
1. Builds self-esteem
Volunteering boosts self-esteem. By helping and learning you gain a stack of knowledge about the surrounding community. This knowledge, paired with that feel-good factor of being able to help others, means that you’re able to foster empathy and self-efficacy, which is the stuff that builds good ol’ self-esteem. Score.
Volunteering helps you learn and grow in many ways. On a personal level, volunteers often discover hidden talents and passions that are directly linked to improving self-confidence.
3. Work experience
Being involved in any organisation is great work experience. If you help in the administration side of things then you will no doubt learn loads about people, planning and the running of an organisation. If you physically help with various projects it’s a brilliant way to get on the job experience.
4. Boosts wellbeing
Getting out and helping others does wonders for your physical and mental health. It reduces stress and improves your mood. They say that when you shift your attention and efforts to others, you are more likely to lift your emotions to a positive state, and your actions interrupt usual tension-producing patterns, causing stress reduction.
5. Give back
Often volunteers decide to get involved with NGOs because they want to give back to the community they know and love. It’s also an opportunity for people to support community resources that they use themselves, or that they know makes a lot of difference to uplift a community.
6. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
7. Bring people together.
As a volunteer you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal while building camaraderie and teamwork.
8.Volunteering strengthens community.
As a volunteer you help:
Support families (daycare and eldercare)
Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
Beautify the community
9. Learn new skills, a language or dance moves
Immerse yourself in a new culture and get all the exposure you can. While volunteering abroad you could learn a local language, indulge in the arts. All while enjoying your program.
10. Make a difference.