Volunteering is great for individuals and groups that are in need but the benefits are amazing even for the volunteer themselves. Summer is a great time to get involved with your community, the weather is great and there are always new projects going on. Get your kids involved too, it can teach them valuable life skills and the importance of helping others. Volunteering doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of your time either, even a small amount makes a big difference. Here are some reasons why you should consider volunteering your time.
It’s good for your health and wellbeing – Volunteering helps reduce stress because you are focused on something other than yourself. It also makes you happier which in turn helps boost your immune system.
You can make a difference and it brings people together – Contributing to a cause can bring people together that normally wouldn’t interact and can help promote teamwork.
It’s good for your career – Volunteering can help build new connections with people and can help with new careers and even expanding existing ones.
It strengthens your community – Volunteering is an investment in your community and the people who live there. Examples are supporting schools, families, retirement and nursing homes, parks and recreation sites, and so much more.
If you are not currently volunteering you should consider it based on all the benefits that everyone can receive. If you are not sure where to look there are online resources that can help, volunteermatch.org, doinggoodtogether.org, and idealist.org are a few to check out. Or you can go directly to an organization that you would like to support and ask how you can help.