BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise.
Volunteering can help you:
Make important networking contacts
Learn or develop skills
Teach your skills to others
Enhance your resume
Gain work experience
Build self-esteem and self-confidence
Improve your health
Meet new people
Feel needed and valued
Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization
Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community
Make a difference in someone’s life
Improves the likelihood that children will volunteer as an adult
Family volunteering can also benefit businesses through:
Improved morale and positive attitudes among employees
Reinforcing teamwork and breaking down barriers
Adding an extra dimension of sharing, caring and creating sense of community among employees
Quality time for families through learning opportunities and positive role modeling for children
Skill development in leadership, problem-solving, public speaking and improved organizational skills
Demonstration of company commitment to the communities in which they do business
Why Children Should Volunteer
1. Enhances Development. Volunteering can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increase self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
2. Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle and Choices – Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
3. Teaches Social Responsibility – Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
4. Creates a lifelong ethic of service. Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
5. Improves the community. Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be a part of the change.