Volunteering is something that everyone really should do at least once in their lifetime. Not only is it a humbling experience, but it can bring you back to realise that no matter how hard of a time you are going through, someone else is to or has it worse. It also may put you a bit out of your comfort zone, which is not a bad thing. This can help you grow as a person or it can make you realise everything you have.
“But I know how lucky I am!” Some of you are saying. Um, well it is still something you should do. I think you will be shocked at what you learn and realise. And even if you are a down-to-earth person who knows how fortunate they are, then maybe you do need to help other people?
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas
And soon as you hear “volunteer work”, don’t stress! You do no necessarily have to go feed hobos down at the shelter… There are lots of ways you can volunteer. If you are more of a fashionista, there are always places like the Salvation Army (or many, many others) that need volunteer staff to help them sort and sell the donated clothing and items. Churches are a great place to volunteer at. A lot of churches have a lot of community projects they are always working on, so religious or not, it cannot hurt to ask what you can do there. There are volunteering websites all over the globe, that show you all the types you can do. And once in your lifetime, a natural disaster is most likely going to hit an area around where you live. Don’t feel like you can’t sign up to help the clean up afterwards! Not all of them require you to scrub at the soup kitchen 😉
Volunteers are paid in six figures… S-M-I-L-E-S. ~Gayla LeMaire
(Volunteering is part of budget week because to volunteer is free most places and something you do for free, expecting nothing in return but the inner joy.)
- 5 very good reasons to volunteer (thingscareerrelated.com)
- The Benefits of Including Volunteer Experience on Your Resume (jobs.answers.com)
- Top 10 Reasons for Volunteering Abroad (teamsocialwork1.wordpress.com)
- Volunteering: A Different Way To Donate (allstate.com)