5 Benefits of Volunteering
It is difficult to find time to volunteer. I am sure you already know that volunteering your time can help those in need, but do you know what it can do for YOU?
The volunteer roles you may take on can help you develop new skills, advance your career and make you happier! Here are the 5 benefits of volunteering you may not have known.
1. Connects you to others
As volunteering connects you to your community, it helps build relationships with other volunteers and persons in need. You are able to meet a new network of friends who share the same values and are passionate about the same causes.
2. Mind and Body
Volunteering can help to counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. As you interact and connect with others, it effects your overall psychological well-being in a positive way. It helps you to develop a solid support system to provide more self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Volunteering may also make you more physically fit, as volunteers walk more and spend more time on their feet.
3. Advance your career
If you are looking to develop your skills in a new career or the one you already have, volunteering is a great way to gain experience in your area and meet people in the field. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to build on important skills in the workplace, such as; teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. If you're new to the job force and looking to build experience in your field, volunteering is the best way to do it.
4. Fulfillment and Fun
If you're unsure about your interests and passions, volunteering is a great way to explore them. It can provide you with a renewed creativity and motivation that may be applied to your personal or professional life. It is a good way to pursue your favourite hobbies and help the community while you do it.
Helping others kindles happiness. Through a combination of all the listed benefits above, you will find happiness through volunteering. If it isn't bringing you joy, then perhaps that position or organization is not the fit for you. Take the time to research for an organization that suits your interests, values, and goals.
To get the most out of volunteering;
- Ask questions
- Do your research
- Establish expectations
- Don't be afraid of change
- Enjoy it
If you would like to see volunteer opportunities, we recommend Volunteer Manitoba.