Making a Difference in Yourself and Your Community
Meeting New People
Many lifelong friendships are formed while performing volunteer work. The people that you meet can be a great source of inspiration. You will meet a diverse group of people and learn patience and respect for people of many different backgrounds and capabilities. Some of these people may even turn into important networking contacts in the future.
Learning Something New
Sometimes when we volunteer we have to reach outside of our boundaries and learn new skills or adapt to new situations. These skills can be applied to other areas of our life.
Improve Your Health
Changing the focus of your thoughts outward to other people can help relieve depression and help you feel needed and valued. It builds your self-esteem and self-confidence. It's also a way to express thanks for help you may have received during a similar situation. In giving back, we help others learn from our experiences too.
Making a Difference in Someone's Life
Sometimes all it takes is a small step. To you it may be something minuscule, but to another person it may mean the world. One small, kind gesture can change the course of another person's life for the better. When seemingly small tasks are multiplied by many people, great things can be accomplished.
Volunteering Encourages Others to Do the Same
When people are volunteering and working together, it encourages others to do the same. When children see their parents volunteering, chances are that they will volunteer too when they become adults.
What Are Some Places to Volunteer?
- Help an elderly neighbor shovel their snow or mow their lawn. Offer to pick up some groceries for them next time you go to the store.
- Schools are a great place to volunteer. Many teachers need help in the classrooms. It can be as simple as reading to a child.
- Planned community events.
- Larger-scale charity events.
- Food banks, soup kitchens, libraries, hospitals, churches and animal shelters.