There are countless reasons to volunteer, and here are just a few:
- Volunteering promotes personal growth and self-esteem
- You will learn about your local area
- Volunteering brings people together and builds a sense of community
- You will gain professional experience and job skills
- Volunteering has been shown to reduce stress
- You will meet new people
- You will get to help improve the life of a stranger
- Volunteering offers leadership positions to students
- One in five managers reported hiring someone because of their volunteering
- Volunteering is fun!
Identify Your Goals & Skills
Once you have decided to become a volunteer, it is important to identify the areas of service that interest you as well as your goals. As a volunteer, you want to bring passion and enthusiasm to your work. Consider what excites you (whether it’s filmmaking, accounting or childhood development) and what you hope to accomplish through your service. Also, consider what skills you have to offer. Maybe you’re a musician or an expert in web design. These hidden talents can contribute in a meaningful way to the multitude of non-profits and service organizations in our community– always remember to keep an open mind and think outside the box.
Visit the Volunteer Center
Schedule an appointment with the Volunteer Center Coordinator, who will help you as you begin your service project. The VC Coordinator will connect you with a non-profit that suits your interests, or the VC Coordinator can provide material assistance if you decide to implement your own program. Whatever your goals, the VC Coordinator is here to help you!