Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer

1. It’s fun. You get to meet new people and build new friendships. You will feel more socially connected. Your team gets a chance to work together out of the office, and you help others out in the process.

2. To whom much is given, much is expected. Giving back is simply the right thing to do. If you are blessed with an abundance of opportunities and riches in life, you have a responsibility to give back to your community.

3. Volunteering is good for the mind and the body. Studies show that volunteering can help reduce your chance of developing high blood pressure or lower the risk of dementia. It gives you purpose and helps combat stress.

4. You learn new skills. Have you ever built a house? Been a tour guide? Knitted a prayer shawl? Volunteering offers so many opportunities to learn something new.

5. It improves self-esteem. This is especially true for young people. Volunteering can be life changing in building confidence, fighting anxiety, and you might even find your passion.

6. You can make a difference. Even volunteering locally can make changes around the world. Volunteering causes a ripple effect. Your kind gesture affects one person, that person helps out the next person, and the chain begins.

7. Volunteering can help you advance your career. You can build new connections in your field, and you learn about communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

8. You gain perspective. Helping others gives you an insight into what is really important in life. Those minor annoyances in your everyday life start to pale in comparison.

9. Volunteering saves resources. The estimated value of a volunteer hour is $25.43. That frees up community dollars to spend in other needed areas. You also learn more about your community and make it a better place to live.

10. You see the impact of volunteering immediately. Whether it is a smile, a hug, or a note of thanks, you get to see first-hand how volunteering creates something bigger than you.