Reasons For Volunteering
Many thousands of people all around the world choose to give up some of their spare time to help charities and causes close to their hearts. There are all sorts of ways people can volunteer, and for many, the tangible and immediate difference their efforts make to their chosen organisation is really appealing. Its not just about helping out at the latest fundraiser however, there are many other reasons that people volunteer:
Getting to know people in your local community.
Volunteering often allows you to meet and work alongside like-minded people in your local community. Working for a particular cause means that you are very likely to meet others who share your interests. Very close friendships are formed through volunteering… and some even find romance!
Improving your local area.
If you volunteer locally particularly with environmental and community charities there are often very tangible benefits right on your own doorstep.
Volunteering helps to build the sort of communities we want to live in.
Learning new skills and developing existing ones.
The skills you learn volunteering can often be applied in other areas of your life. It also allows you to use your existing talents and abilities in new, creative and interesting ways. It also helps to develop your confidence and social skills.
Improving your employability.
Volunteering looks great on your CV. As well as demonstrating an altruistic side to your character it shows get up and go. Volunteering can help people to gain some really valuable experience this can provide something different and interesting to talk about at an interview. This is particularly useful for young people and students. Its not just for those new to the workforce however. Volunteering looks good whatever your position in a company or level of experience. Employers are looking for people with passion. Being able to talk passionately about a project you have been working with can make a real difference.
Its often forgotten how much fun volunteering can be. This is important for all charity groups to remember. Keep it fun and keep your volunteers happy!
So there you are there are always loads of volunteering opportunities out there: just waiting for someone like you. What are you waiting for?