Be part of a community
No man or woman is an island. It’s easy to take the great community that we live in for granted. People and societies depend on each other for survival. Communities are a beautiful but complex mix of different values, experiences, beliefs, histories, cultures, ideas and identities. Volunteering helps us to forge links among individuals and groups in our communities that overcome differences and enrich our day-to-day life. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having a positive impact on the well-being of others.
Motivation and sense of achievement
Volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills for free. While much of your time may be spent doing things you have to , like working volunteering is something you choose to do! There is something very liberating, empowering and satisfying about making a difference in your community in the way that best suits you! Since volunteers are motivated by a desire to help and fuelled by enthusiasm, they feel a strong sense of achievement. Sometimes volunteers are stereotyped as boring do-gooders but the truth is…what could be more interesting than someone who is passionate, involved, doing great things and creating positive change? Some people say that one person can’t make a difference…but Volunteer Wood Buffalo is an example of how “regular” people make our community better every day! It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what you can do is make your corner of the world a better place.
Boost your career options
Volunteering demonstrates to potential employers that you are genuinely interested and motivated. It shows that you can take initiative, and that you are committed and responsible.
73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted
Also, if you are thinking of a career change then volunteering is a great way to explore new fields. If you have a passion for the arts but have a career in computing then why not volunteer at your local theatre?
Diversify your life! Develop new interests
Volunteering is an excellent way to escape the ordinary and add more balance to your life. Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energising. If you are doing something you enjoy on a regular basis you may find yourself less stressed, more inspired, more motivated to learn new things, and developing new perspectives on old issues. Even more exciting, a volunteer experience can lead you to learn something new about yourself such as discovering a new passion or strength. So get volunteering! You might just expand your horizons, strengthen your personal/professional mission and vision, and discover a new world of opportunities.
Experience life to the fullest
Volunteering is a brilliant way to gain valuable life experience. Whether you build a library or mail flyers to raise awareness for a local charity, you will experience the real world through hands-on work. For example, it is possible to volunteer in developing countries and see the direct impact of your actions on some of the most vulnerable people of the world.
Meet new people and make lasting friendships
Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a rich source of inspiration and an excellent way to develop your interpersonal skills. Volunteering also offers an incredible networking opportunity.
Not only will you develop lasting personal and professional relationships but it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering. You never know who you will meet, what you will learn and where your new relationships could take you.