Giving back to others can make you feel fulfilled. Many people will want to have a positive impact on the society without knowing how and where to start. The opportunity to help others may pop up when you do not have the intention of doing so. I began volunteering without planning to engage in any unpaid work. A friend of mine invited me to a program organized to empower children. During the craft session at the event, I saw some kids trying their fingers on bead work. It then occurred to me that I can seize this opportunity to share my knowledge of bead work with these kids. After that event, I decided to take up more tasks to lend a helping hand to humanity.
I have performed several tasks including preparing snacks to support fundraising events in my kid’s school and engaging in environmental sanitation. Making a difference in people’s life makes me feel good.
5 Things about Volunteering You Want to Know
In the US today, many people volunteer to help others. They volunteer at schools, hospitals, or shelters. Volunteering has no technical details to it. However, there are some important thing you need to know. Here are some of them:
- Volunteering Pays You: No, we don’t mean cash payment. Volunteering pays you because you will meet people through it. By meeting people, you are automatically building social skills and network. Also, the members of your community will get to know you and may even help you later in life. For those that experience loneliness, volunteering will help you stop isolating yourself.
- You Need to Plan before Volunteering: Why do you think you should volunteer? What are your motives? You need to think deeply about these two questions before taking the step. Volunteering takes a lot of time. You might be called on at the most inconvenient time. Are you willing to rise to the task? How will you use your skills and talent to be a better volunteer?
- Volunteering Has Requirements: Just like most organizations, there are some requirements you need to fulfill. You should find out the requirements for the organization you intend to work for. Some requirements might be age, physical abilities, availability, and so on.
- Volunteering Has Varieties: You don’t have to restrict yourself to just one field. The sectors that need volunteers include but are not limited to sport, healthcare, environment, arts, and so on. Even professionals con volunteer. Lawyers, doctors and other professionals can participate in physical volunteering or virtual (online) volunteering.
- You Can Volunteer Abroad: You don’t have to confine yourself to the US. You can choose to volunteer in any country abroad. Although it might be expensive to travel out of the country, when you get there, you will not be breaking the bank anymore. Volunteering abroad has many advantages. You’ll learn a new language, culture, and a new way of life. You are broadening your horizon while helping some other people. Nobody is on the losing end.
5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer
The fact that you are doing something altruistic is not the only reason why you should volunteer whenever you get the opportunity. There are many other reasons why you should volunteer. Some of them are:
- Your Community Will Be Strengthened: As a volunteer, you help many people in the community. You can support families, help the youths, improve schools, and make your community more beautiful. If many people were volunteering, there would be less isolation. Of course, people would mind their business, but at least many that need help will have the opportunity to ask for it.
- You Get a Reason to Give Back to the Society: The community does a lot of us. For the youths, they are concerned about their well-being because they are the future. For the adults, the community helps you by giving you shelter, even if you are paying for it. You might also be getting aids from the community. Volunteering your time and your services free of charge is a little way to give back.
- Volunteering Brings People Together: In a community center, there are many people. Some of them are from a different country. As a volunteer, you can unite people from diverse background to work towards a common purpose. You can also help people build a teamwork spirit through your activities.
- Your Community Will Save Resources: Yes, you pay taxes, and they should be spent towards the community. Have you thought about the fact that they can utilize that money towards something else? If you are a skilled professional, the money the society should spend towards employing people like you can be used towards building a playground. Many resources will be saved if lots of individuals consider volunteering.
- Volunteering is Good for You: Studies have shown that you can reduce mental stress by focusing on someone other than yourself. When you try to help someone, tensions-producing patterns decreases.
How to Find Volunteering Opportunities
Now that you are thinking of volunteering, you need to know how to find opportunities. Here are some tips you can follow:
- Search in Your Community: In some communities, they paste notices around about needing volunteers. That might be a good place to start.
- Ask People around: The easiest way information passes around is through word of mouth. When you tell people you need something, they will ask others and those will ask some other individual. The link goes on and on. You can ask some people in your area about some organizations that need volunteers.
- Do Your Online Research: Since there are a lot of non-profit organizations in existence, you can easily do your search. There are websites specifically for that purpose. You can narrow your search to your locality unless you want to volunteer somewhere other than your community.
We’re in the age where people expect something for their services. However, a great way to show that you are selfless is by doing volunteering. If you are regularly involved in it, you will get to the point that you will hardly feel weird about not being paid for what you do. Many people have encountered individuals who changed their lives. Some came across persons who helped them change their career. Everybody has a different volunteering experience. What will yours be? Are you not curious to find out?
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