Whether it's for professional development, community service, or just for fun, you've probably volunteered somewhere at some point in your life. If not, here's six reasons why you should:
1. Resume Builder
Employers are always looking for a variety of skills. They want to see outgoing personalities that are also involved in the community. It's a way to showcase your skills and teamworking ability.
2. Skill Enhancer
Most places to volunteer offer a variety of ways to serve your community--maybe it's handing out meals to kids or teaching a budgeting class. Either way, it's an opportunity to figure out what you're good at and which skills you want to strengthen.
3. Community Involvement
Volunteering lets you join your friends, coworkers, and other community members in doing something bigger than yourself. It gives you a sense of community that often times leads to lifelong friends and a sense of purpose.
4. Memorable Experience
Depending on where you volunteer, you may be speaking with clients directly or you may be working behind the scenes. Either way, you're bound to get something out of it. The impact you're making will be an unforgettable experience.
5. Make Connections
Volunteering introduces you to people you may have not met otherwise, leading to future employment or other opportunities. Studies have shown that volunteering helps people fee more connected, avoiding depression and strengthening ties.
6. Give Back
Volunteering is a way to give back and encourages civic responsibility throughout your community. As one of our volunteers said, "This is just a way to give back for when I needed help. It's a humbling job."