In the hustle and bustle of the world today, most people are very busy. They might question whether volunteering their time is worthwhile when so many pursuits of their own demand their attention. However, there are actually many reasons why you should consider giving back to others through the donation of your time.
Here are just three important benefits of volunteering —
- Community. Volunteering supports your community more than you might think. Whether you’re helping animals, offering services to families in need, or supporting the arts, you are investing in the future of your community. Your time has a financial value which means you are essentially donating a dollar amount.
- Exchange of resources. When you devote your time, everyone benefits. The organization gains the value of your contribution, of course, but you also gain the value of your experience. Volunteering usually teaches you something — insight or awareness beyond personal experience or certain skills that can be applied to other areas of your life. Sometimes you can even gain experience that will boost your resume.
- Happiness. Obviously, when you’re giving your time and effort to help someone, you’re going to make them happier. The surprising result is that it makes you happier, too. People who volunteer their time to help those in need are more confident and less depressed, plus they actually feel like they have more time, not less.
So next time someone suggests volunteering or mentions their own experiences, don’t simply dismiss it. There are many benefits of volunteering that impact you personally, as well as the community at large. If you are interested in volunteering of your time, take a look at this list of Area Clubs and Organizations in Cherokee County that often use volunteer help.