- Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.
- Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.
- Volunteers gain professional experience.
- It promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.As a volunteer you help:
Support families (daycare and eldercare)
Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)
- Volunteers learn things like these:Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.
Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
- You get a chance to give back. People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
- Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
- As a volunteer you assist in:
Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
Building camaraderie and teamwork
- You make a difference. Every person counts!