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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.

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