Thinking of becoming a volunteer? Let us help you with a list of reasons that will help you make up your mind.
Number 10: It's Good for You
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
Number 9: It Saves Resources
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements. The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.
Number 8: Volunteers Gain Professional Experience
You can test out a career.
Number 7: It Brings People Together
As a volunteer you assist in:
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
Number 6: It Promotes Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Understanding community needs help foster empathy and self-efficacy.
Number 5: Volunteering Strengthens Your 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 (beach and park cleanups)
Number 4: You Learn a Lot
Volunteers learn things like these:
- Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.
- Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
- Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
Number 3: You Get a Chance to Give Back
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or benefit people they care about.
Number 2: Volunteering Encourages Civic Responsibility
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
Number 1: You make a difference
Every person counts!