That’s almost 1/3 of the US population! Sounds like a lot, right? Actually, it’s not – with over 1.8 million active non-profits in the United States, there really aren’t enough volunteers to go around.
Why should you volunteer?
Volunteers are always needed. Of course, the organization you choose to volunteer with will benefit from your time…but volunteering can improve your life, too! Read on to find out what benefits volunteering will have for you.
Volunteering allows you to explore your interests and learn new skills. You can meet others with similar interests to you and connect with one another. You can have new experiences that will extend your skill set and help you gain knowledge that you may not otherwise have gotten. Also, for any high school students out there, volunteering is a great way to explore your career options – and it looks great on your college applications, too!
When you gain new skills and experiences during volunteer work, you’re also gaining valuable resume experience. This can help advance your career and even help you break into a new industry that you’ve wanted to build a career in. Also, you can make valuable connections within your industry through volunteering!
Scientific studies have shown that people who volunteer have better health overall! Your physical health can improve from taking advantage of active volunteer opportunities, like helping at events. People who regularly volunteer also have less physical pain and a longer life expectancy than non-volunteers. Helping others will boost your mental health as well! Volunteers have reported a long-term increase in happiness and self-esteem after participating in volunteer activities.
Volunteering is FUN! We know it might sound cheesy, but our volunteers truly do enjoy spending time together. They’ve made lasting friendships throughout their journey with us. There are always new and different situations to approach, and we work as a team when needed to accomplish our goals. Volunteering can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel like work at all. At the end of the day, our volunteers can head home knowing that they’ve truly helped someone in need.
College Board: Volunteering: How Helping Others Helps You
Give Gab: Personal Benefits of Volunteering
Harvard Health Publishing: Volunteering May Be Good for Body and Mind
Healthy Women: The Health Benefits of Volunteering
HelpGuide: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits
Non-Profit Hub: Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering
VolunteerMatch: What I Learned from Volunteering