If you’ve never volunteered you’re missing out on one of the most rewarding experiences in life. When you help others you also help yourself. Here’s 10 reasons why people volunteer.
1. To find happiness
Volunteering is proven to improve the symptoms of mental illness. Sport volunteers have 10% higher self esteem, emotional intelligence and resilience. They’re also 15% less likely to have anxiety and depression. Studies show that those who volunteer for citizenship roles feel 22% less anxious. Feeling down? Helping out in your community is the best solution.
2. To find work
If you’re young and lack work experience, volunteering can change your life. It improves your interpersonal skills and gives you the skills to put on a CV. It improves your self confidence, gives you analytical skills and helps you build contacts.
3. To meet new people
51% of volunteers meet people from other backgrounds when they volunteer. So if you feel you’re living in a bubble and not meeting anyone new, there’s no better way to broaden your horizons.
4. To follow a passion
Want to make a film? Help people? Repair bicycles? Whatever you’re interested in volunteering is a great way to get closer to it and build up anything from leadership skills to technical skills.
5. To help a cause you believe in
When a charity has helped someone you love, there’s nothing more rewarding than giving something back. 1000s of people volunteer for the likes of Marie Curie, Breast Cancer Research and Guide Dogs for this reason. It’s a way of ‘paying it forward’ so your support can help the charity to support someone else.
6. To see the world
It can be a great opportunity to learn about a different culture. When you volunteer with an ethical organisation which genuinely helps the needs of the local community it can be a wonderful way of expanding your mind whilst lending a hand. Or if you want to find volunteer opportunities closer to home, check out vinspired.com for 1000s of roles.
7. To change a life
There’s few things more rewarding than giving your time to another person. Organisations like the Make a Wish foundation transform children’s lives every day. Imagine giving someone the greatest experience of their life, and you’ll understand why volunteering is the best way to make a difference.
8. To make friends
The older you get the harder it can be to connect with others. After education most of us spend our days at work. Work can be a forced environment to try and make friends, which is why volunteering is the perfect antidote. It’s a relaxed environment to meet people with similar interests. So it’s the perfect foundation on which to build a friendship.
9. To connect with their community
If you don’t know your neighbours there’s an easy to way to solve it. Find a collective challenge in your neighbourhood, like litter, disrepair or a lack of social services. You could beautify your road together or form a child care club so everyone gets a break. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you work together with your community. It’s the only thing that truly changes the world.
10. To have fun
It’s impossible to be bored when you volunteer, because there’s so many ways to do it! It can be a great excuse to do what you love whilst meeting new people and connecting with your surroundings. Some stereotype volunteering as something that’s dry and uninspiring, but they’re forgetting that helping others is usually great fun.
Make a difference to your community whilst building your skills. We’ve got 1000s of ways to volunteer on vinspired.com. Want a reward for your time? Check out the Inspired Card. It’s free and unlocks exclusive discounts and opportunities across the UK and Europe.