Volunteering is more than adding a bake sale to the to-do list! In reality, volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to perfect skills, explore career options, make friends, network, get that do good, feel good feeling, or simply spice up your daily routine. So while the personal benefits are many, we rarely hear those selfless volunteers talking about them. When did the volunteer persona turn into a St. Francis/Mother Teresa wannabe?
Things you can gain from volunteering include:
Great for those just starting out and equally great for those who have been on a career path for a while. Regardless of your age or career level, volunteering will help you sharpen your existing skills and introduce you to a new role, sector, or industry.
Never doubt the power of networking; volunteering offers. Opportunities to cross paths, create, and maintain friendships are plentiful in the world of volunteering.
If you’re stuck in a rut or need a break from the daily grind, consider volunteering as a chance to recharge. Imagine how fun it would actually be to walk dogs, play ball with kids, or help organize books at the library. Not only will these activities help you grow, they will be putting good vibes back into your community.
Beyond all the “business” advantages, volunteering gets you new friends who care about the same things you do. If you’re new to the area, in need of a friendly new face, or just looking to try something new? Volunteering is a safe, FUN place to do all of that!
Have an impact
Finally, the feel good, socially positive outcomes of tutoring should not be diminished. Volunteering can be a one time thing or an ongoing commitment. Whichever way you choose to help, know that it IS a help. Whatever your interests are, and however you can get involved, volunteering gives you away to have a real and lasting impact on the world around you.
At the end of the day, you can volunteer for entirely selfish reasons or for completely unselfish ones and the organization or cause you’re working with still reaps the benefits. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Christina Philbert is Partner/Owner @bpcpconsulting, Higher Ed Coordinator, Counselor, Non-Profit Administrator, and social media genius. She loves higher education, baking cookies, and painting her nails.
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