Volunteering is time consuming – that’s a fact. Sometimes, volunteering falls outside of your comfort zone. In many cases, the opportunities you hear about don’t really seem “up-your-alley.” Every person’s motivation for volunteering is different. Maybe you’re wondering, “Why should I volunteer?” No matter where you stand on volunteering, here are eight reason you should consider volunteering!
#1. Helping Others is the True Compensation
No surprise here! The real joy and reward of volunteering is seeing others helped and benefited by your service. Just a small portion of your time can create a better life for someone else; that return truly is priceless.
This quote sums it up perfectly:
“You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” – Seth Parker.
#2. You’ll Connect More With Denton
Nothing will make you feel more at home than devoting time and energy into making your community a better place. Every time you volunteer, you leave a little piece of yourself there with the people you served.
#3. Increase Teamwork and Camaraderie
Do you want to get to know your coworkers better? Want to feel closer to your church group? Just want to feel a part of a team? Go volunteer with a group! You’ll find that volunteering supernaturally sparks conversations, makes smiles and energizes a group. United and working together toward the same goal, the people you volunteer with will leave you excited and empowered.
#4. Have Exciting and Enlightening Conversations
The people you volunteer for will have stories to tell. The people you volunteer with will have stories to tell. You have a story to tell. Volunteering is an incredible outlet for meeting new people and having the opportunity to see life from a different lens.
#5. Boost Your Resume
There is no denying this is true: volunteer experience stands out on a resume. Volunteer experience shows you are willing to step-up to a task. It shows employers that you are proactive and don’t wait for other people to take care of things. It gives you material to talk about in an interview. So, go ahead, put those hours on your resume and be proud of yourself.
#6. Learn a New Skill or Two!
Because of volunteering, I now know how to lay tile, spackle walls, and use a power drill. You could learn something really valuable while volunteering! Doesn’t have to be construction skills; maybe you will enhance your writing by volunteering to write a blog post or two, or learn how to garden at Shiloh Community Garden, or how to cook at Dorothy’s Kitchen, or who knows! The possibilities are endless. There’s so much out there for you to learn while helping others along the way.
#7. You Might Just Get a Workout
A lot of volunteer opportunities out there call for elevated physical labor. Who needs a gym when you can help rebuild someone’s home with Habitat for Humanity? But, maybe you’re like me and physical labor is not your thing: never fear! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Denton that are not physically intensive but are certainly just as rewarding. Just think about what you’re good at and enjoy, and find a way to give that skill back to your community!
#8. You’ll Feel Good
When you step back and see the fruit of your labor, you’ll feel such a fulfilling excitement. You’ll find that there is hardly anything as rewarding as selflessly giving your time and energy; you’re going to feel great.
“The meaning to life is to find your gift. The purpose to life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare.
Choosing to volunteer is a decision you will not regret. We hope you’ll join us in making a difference!
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