The top 3 benefits of volunteering in your community

Volunteering is, without doubt, one of the best things you can do for your community.

There’s zero doubt that volunteering your time, effort, and expertise is hugely valuable for your local area, but don’t forget that it’s perfectly okay to consider why you might get out of the experience, too.

Naturally, volunteering makes you feel great after the act of doing a charitable deed, but there are a slew of additional benefits you shouldn’t forget about either.

You’ll gain new skills

Think about how every time you start a new job or tackle a new task, you learn something new. The exact same goes for volunteering.

The opportunities for volunteering in Australia are hugely varied, so you could be doing anything from whipping up a batch of home-made cupcakes to painting children’s faces at a fair for charity. Regardless of the task, there’s a high chance that you’ll have to be given a quick lesson in how to do it, therefore, you’ll pick up some new skills along the way. In 2010, more than a third (36 per cent) of Australians did volunteer work of some kind – that’s a whole lot of new skills!

You’ll meet new people

Most volunteering opportunities require more than one person – more often, a whole crowd. It could be that you’re needed for fundraising, tree planting, youth leadership, labour jobs, or food bank work. No matter the task at hand, you’ll likely be working closely with other volunteers, as well as the organisation conducting the process.

This way, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people that you can include in your social circles. You already know that you’ll have something in common, and that you can meet up again in future for more volunteer work.

You’ll be more hireable

As soon as you finish any role as a volunteer, don’t forget to add this experience to your CV and your LinkedIn page, you are instantly more hireable!

According to a study by Victorian group Volunteering Australia, a third of employers said that if a candidate for a role was interested in their corporate volunteer programs, it would influence their hiring decision as they would prefer employees with values that match those of the company. Other results from overseas, such as a recent Reed and TimeBank survey, found that a massive 73 per cent of employers would choose a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.