Volunteers give so much to the causes they serve. It’s no surprise that volunteers are also benefiting from their time spent in service! As you give your time and skills, you will find new people, skills, connections, and perspectives. Read on for a few rewards and opportunities that come to those who reach out in service.
Volunteering broadens your horizons. Service projects can connect you to segments of the population you might not normally encounter, such as homeless people, foster kids, or the mentally ill. Volunteering provides you with a more accurate picture of society and makes you more aware. You may even find that you gain empathy when you step out of your comfort zone!
Volunteering can teach you new business skills. Dive right in to a new area of business that you haven’t had the chance to experience before and pick up new skills quickly! Some volunteers believe that the managerial skills they’ve learned through community service would have cost them thousands in tuition. Volunteer exposes you to changing technology, language, and skills. Service can make you a better human being and a better businessperson.
Volunteering looks fantastic on your resume. When an employer reads that you’ve served, it reflects well on you and can create a special connection. Perhaps you’ll even have a similar volunteer interest. Volunteering experience sets you apart from the competition and makes you seem special.
Volunteering is a great way to test-drive a career. If you’ve been thinking about taking the leap into another industry, try volunteering in some capacity there first to be sure you enjoy it. It’s a great way to practice other skills and be sure you’re interested in the day to day events of your new industry.
Volunteer projects bring fun into your life and force you to slow down and smell the roses! You may end up doing something you’ve always wanted to, but never had the time to get around to.
Volunteering helps you develop great friendships. It takes an extraordinary person to love a stranger enough to give your time and skills to them. Some volunteers find that the quality of people they met while volunteering is higher than anywhere else; there is something intrinsically special about people who volunteer.
How has volunteering personally benefited you? Let us know in the comments below.