Why volunteer? Giving your time, knowledge and energy helping others can make a difference.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. And you benefit too. It can improve your health, increase your passion and make you feel good. It makes you feel happier and increases your self-confidence.
Studies have proven this happiness effect. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.
And the interesting thing is that volunteering can help you at work!
Volunteering benefits for your career:
- Learn new skills
- Master skills you already have and use them in the real world – can help you be a better team player too!
- You never know who you might met – volunteering can help you make new professional contacts
- You just might find a new job opportunity
- Volunteering looks good on your resume
Additional benefit – you might make some new friends or find a passion you didn’t know you had. You just never know what can happen from giving a few hours of your time each month.
How do you decide where to volunteer?
For me it was easy, I had a beautiful sweet golden retriever and she became the perfect therapy dog.
Pictured: Penny our office mascot is a regular volunteer. Here’s she’s participating in a reading program at one of the Clearwater libraries. We also visit an assisted living community every Friday at lunchtime.
The choices for you are endless – find something that interest you: free health clinic, schools, senior centers, community centers, museums, theaters, libraries, animal shelters and rescue organizations, service organizations, places of worship, veteran and military organizations just to name a few.
Volunteer Match is one site that can help you find opportunities in your area. There are other online sources to help as well. And with the holidays approaching there always opportunities to help.
If you love it, you will keep going back! So get out there and volunteer and see how you can help in your community. Enjoy.