5 Reasons You Should Volunteer Right Now
It doesn’t matter if you’re 9 or 89. Anyone can volunteer. Here are just five reasons we think you should volunteer right now:
- Create a stronger community
Volunteering helps build safer, more connected communities by increasing the social network.
- Have a personal sense of purpose
Volunteering can help increase self esteem and keep you healthier both physically and mentally. A 2012 study in the journal Health Psychology found that participants who volunteered with some regularity lived longer.
- Strengthen your skills
Volunteering provides opportunities for you to gain experience in a field and expand your career paths or put skills you already have, but don’t get to use regularly, to good use!
- Improve lives of others
Volunteering gives individuals the opportunity to have a direct impact on the world around them; an actionable step to truly being the change you wish to see in the world.
- Get a new perspective
Volunteering gives you an opportunity to step outside of your daily world and see the needs in the communities around you. It opens your heart to be empathetic to the needs of others. Conversely, it creates a sense of gratitude for the things you may take for granted each day.