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January 7, 2016

How to Benefit from Volunteering

Volunteering is an excellent investment of your time both for your community's benefit as well as for your own personal growth. Volunteering can empower you, open your world to new opportunities, give you insight into the way other people live, and help you to live out your faith. But many times, it seems too hard to find worthy organizations that match your interests and schedule.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Before you brush off volunteering as something that just won’t work for you, consider:

  • Volunteering is an ideal way to boost your interaction and experience in the field of your choice. You can use it as a way to gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas.
  • It's great for your resume, providing you with a way to show community engagement. According to a survey from Time Bank, 73% of employers are likely to recruit a candidate with volunteering on his or her resume and 94% believe it adds to an employee's skills.
  •  It can give you a sense of motivation and achievement. It offers a direct benefit to you when you give your energy, skills, and your time freely. Many people who volunteer find themselves more upbeat and having a sense of achievement. You've done something for someone else and that feels good!
  • Christians are called to give back. Luke 12:48 says, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” And hopefully you will find that you are serving others with joy in your heart.   

Other benefits of volunteering include exposing you to new experiences, new interests and new hobbies. It can help you feel more valuable and important to the community. And, it can tell the people around you – such as your teachers, friends, and family – that you pay attention to the world around you.

How to volunteer

If volunteering can offer all of these benefits, why does it seem so hard to achieve? It does not have to be. First, consider what causes you are interested in or what areas of the community you would like to be a part of improving. Finding a cause that's important to you is essential to making volunteering worthwhile.

Then, utilize VolunteerMatch.com. It is a simple tool that can help you to find volunteer opportunities in Beaver Falls, Cranberry, Pittsburgh, or in any location you choose. It takes only a few minutes to find worthy causes and areas of need within your geographical area. You can search by causes that are important to you, whether that is human rights, arts and culture or animals. Find both local and virtual opportunities to get involved.

Community engagement needs to be a focus in your life both at school and for years beyond. When you engage in your community through volunteerism, you create an opportunity to learn and grow as a person, but you also gain valuable experience and real-world, hands-on learning. There's simply no better way to create the vision of your future you desire than getting out into the community and being a part of it in a positive, uplifting manner such as through volunteering. How can you get involved today?

 

Source:

http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0612/people-who-benefit-the-most-from-volunteering.aspx