Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer

In a world where we are all ‘too busy’, sometimes we need a little motivation to get ourselves out of our everyday habits and brave up to try something new. We have put together 5 good reasons to volunteer below.

1. It’s Good for You
Did you know that volunteering can actually reduce stress and boost self-esteem? Temporarily breaking your work habits can assist in alleviating stress and helping others can make you feel good about yourself.

2. Gain a New Perspective
Some days are harder than others, but seeing others make the most of their situation, when they have a lot less than you – it makes you put everything into perspective and measure up all of our everyday problems.

3. Strengthens the Community
Volunteering gives you the chance to meet some new and really wonderful people in the community. Knowing that the people in the community are behind volunteer organisations creates a wonderful and happy community.

4. You Learn
The experiences you encounter whilst volunteering can result in a variety of different results. You may pick up a new set of skills or some invaluable knowledge. Volunteering also looks great on a resume and you can even test drive new careers.

5. You Make a Difference
At the end of the day the volunteering you do, goes a long way. Volunteer organisations genuinely survive on people volunteering their time to ensure things run as smooth as possible. Without the volunteers most not for profits would cease to exist. You not only make a difference to the organisation but to the people who benefit from the volunteering. Taking some time out of your busy schedule to help out someone in need can make the world of difference.

So there are our top 5 reasons to volunteer, do you have more?

^Marlaina, Volunteer Program Coordinator