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Benefits of Volunteering

   ~A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.~
-Greek Proverb

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I have been volunteering for various organizations for the past 8 years and it has made a huge impact on my life. National Volunteer Week was April 23-29 which is a week to thank all the volunteers that work tirelessly throughout the year to support social causes, advocate and raise awareness to help non profit organizations reach their goals and get one step closer their mission.

Volunteering is dedicating your time to a cause. Non profit organizations have so much potential and do amazing work. The thing that is lacking for them is the funding and resources for man power to excel and reach their mission. This is where volunteers come into place.  Although it’s sometimes very obvious why volunteers are beneficial to organizations, below are some reasons why volunteering is beneficial to you as an individual.

  1. This is your world and you have the potential to change it.
  2. Volunteering builds connections, creates references, and possible job prospects.
  3. You can gain valuable experience that you can add to your resume.
  4. In a way, we are inherently selfish (it’s true) and volunteering is rewarding and makes us feel good about ourselves.
  5. Volunteering helps us find out what we like and don’t like. It gives us a chance to explore our options without automatically committing to a career path.

 

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