Volunteering is not just for the retired, yet many retired people benefit and contribute a great deal. It is a great thing to see young kids volunteering and learning to give something of themselves. Start your children young. Teach them to contribute and help others. It helps a child build confidence, humility, skills and a good attitude about life. Yes, it contributes to a child in many of the same ways as it contributes to an adult.
Less Reliance on Government to Fulfill Our Social Needs & Solve Problems
Most people complain about government spending and how government gets into too many areas of our lives where they don’t belong. A large way we can reduce government spending and involvement in our lives is by volunteering. If every individual volunteered just an hour a week, we could replace billions of tax dollars spent on social issues with our services. A smaller government is a more efficient government. We can play our part by helping reduce reliance on our government by helping our citizens in need.
Make a Positive Impact – Be Part of the Solution
Making the world a better place is actually very simple. Participate in the solutions, not the problems. You don’t need to give much of your time to make a positive impact. A few hours each month can make the life of someone less fortunate a little better and make a world a better place.
Seeing life through others’ eyes can be a bit humbling. When life gets a little tough, volunteering can help you see life may be better then you thought. It also helps take your mind off your own problems. It adds perspective and helps solve personale issues.
Challenge Yourself & Others
Sometimes work does’t provide enough challenges or the right type of challenge. Volunteering can add the challenge you might be looking for. Sometimes work does’t offer areas of education or skill development you need to enhance your career or qualify for a promotion. Volunteering may be just what you need for your next promotion.
Personal Growth, Learn Something New
Do you have a area of interest or a personal skill you would like to learn. Volunteering may be part of a plan to learn that new skill. Many volunteer positions offer formal training. Others give you plenty of opportunity to learn on the job. Look for volunteer opportunities that would fullfill those needs.
Tune Skills You Have
Have you learned a skill in your lifetime that you rarely have the opportunity to use today. Volunteering can give you the chance to do something you enjoy or tune up a skill that is a bit out of practice or even outdated.
Meet Interesting People With Similar Interests
Volunteering can offer the opportunity to meet people with the same interests you have. It’s also a way to become part of a community, meet your neighbors or feel at home in a community.
Volunteer with some younger folks to feel younger. Get out with people, use your brain in new ways, learn new computer skills. Any of these experiences will make you feel younger.
Feel Good About Yourself & Build Self Confidence
Contributing to others and the community you live in make you feel good about yourself and your life. It can also give you a more positive view of your community and the citizens that are your neighbors.
Use Your Hobby to Contribute
There’s no better way to contribute then through a hobby you love. Your hobby can improve the lives of others and you get to do more of something you love. Imagine that!
Build a Positve Reputation for Your Business
If you are self employed, volunteering can provide the opportunity build the kind of reputation most businesses are seeking. It’s a great way for a business to be part of a community.
Meet New Customers
There are many organizations that have staff and volunteers that may be your next new customer. Volunteering makes it easy to not only meet new people, but to get to know them well. They will meet you in a positive way.