Today, millions of people are helping to make a difference in their neighborhoods and across the nation by lending their time and compassion. (1-800-Volunteer.org)
Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new people, have fun and support a great cause. By donating your time and energy, you are giving something back to your community. In the act of volunteering, many volunteers might discover a hidden talent or acquire new skills. Perhaps you'll learn something about yourself and your life will be headed on a new path – something you never though about.
There are many reasons why people volunteer, the want to help others is often a desire and volunteering is always worth the effort. Not only are you giving a piece of yourself to help others or a cause you believe in, but volunteers also benefit in some ways. Volunteers become more a part of their community or neighborhood. Demonstrating a commitment to a certain belief or cause can give a volunteer satisfaction and teach important lessons. Afterall, one of the best ways to learn is through experience.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. – Henry Ford
Ultimately, volunteering is about helping others or a cause you believe in. Do you feel strongly about something that is happening or not happening in your neighborhood and want to get involved? Adding your effort to the work of others makes everyone's lives better. Volunteering around a personal interest or hobby can be enjoyable, relaxing, and revitalizing. It might impact your life in ways you never imagined.
Many nonprofit organizations depend on the energy and support of volunteers. By lending a helping hand to your neighborhood and organizations you might learn something new about yourself. Making new friends with similar interests and exploring possible hidden talents are some of the benefits volunteers find. Some volunteer opportunities provide great on-the-job training in new fields. Other aspects of volunteering that benefit the volunteer include learning teamwork and setting goals. These are highly prized traits employers often look for.
"Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer." – Jimmy Carter
"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." – Mother Terresa
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." – Mahatma Gandhi