Volunteering for Change
We sometimes hear people talk about the benefits of volunteering; the perfect way to reach out and touch the lives of others in a positive way. However, I didn’t fully understand the impact of this until I started volunteering myself. In middle school I volunteered at my local senior center, singing and reading to the elders. Today I have moved on to bigger projects, like hosting bone marrow drives and blood drives. Helping others is the greatest gift you can give and it will change your outlook on life, forever.
Volunteering is such a fulfilling experience and today more than 60 million people offer their services in some way.(1) However, there are still ...view middle of the document...
When we understand the different cultures within our communities, then we can accept the differences between us. Also, a volunteer can bring their enthusiasm for their causes to community sites, which in turn will positively impact the lives of others, as well as their own. Unfortunately, not all communities offer many volunteering options; therefore a person must look for other ways outside their communities to volunteer.
Another positive of volunteer work is experience; as a result, volunteering is a great way to enhance skills. There is no better way to gain knowledge than to work at an organization hand-picked to fit your personal needs and interests. Many educational experiences cannot be taught or learned in a classroom. Additionally, networking is an important part of searching for jobs and building connections. Community involvement is one of the best ways to foster relationships. Not only will a network be formed, but in some cases people who volunteer are offered permanent positions.
The variety of volunteer opportunities are endless. Volunteering can range from reading to students, to building houses for the less fortunate. Natural disasters also create
many opportunities to help. Volunteers can travel to remote areas in order to clean up after these disasters, meanwhile creating relationships with numerous amounts of people. Long-lasting friendships can be formed through volunteering because each person values the rewarding work they are doing.