Volunteering takes up our time, energy, and sometimes, money. It can be hard work. It can find us doing and seeing new things, which can be challenging and even a little scary. So why does anyone even go there?
For nonprofit organizations, few resources provide more value than volunteers. Many nonprofits would not be able to survive—let alone thrive—without the work of volunteers. But are nonprofits doing their best to recruit and leverage volunteers?
Are they providing innovative opportunities and making it easier than ever for people to participate in the face of increasing competition for volunteer hours?
Volunteers provide services in health and welfare, arts and culture, sport and recreation, conservation, community based media and a host of other services. They are also present in the political and democratic process as members and officers of political parties and are the social fabric of our society
Voluntary activities are pathways into community and personal development providing opportunities for personal growth, greater personal health and wellbeing, social interaction and the sharing, broadening and development of skills
Volunteering can be of great value in preparing people for the workplace, changing career pathways, making the transition to retirement, creating links and connections with their own communities, contributing to better health and rehabilitation or supporting family life practices
Volunteering is an important mechanism for empowerment through participation in democratic process at the local level. High levels of participation in volunteering is a strong indicator of a healthy society.
Volunteering doesn’t require a huge time commitment; it can help us build lasting connections; it gives us an opportunity to make a real difference and mostly, it just feels good. Why should you volunteer? The real question is, “Why wouldn’t you?”