Volunteering in the community benefits both the volunteer and those who are helped by the volunteer.
Why volunteer in the community?
- It gives valuable experience that can be put on a resume
- You can network and gain new friendships
- Volunteering teaches you how to deal with the public, different races and how to work as part of a team.
It’s good to assess yourself to see:
- if you’d rather volunteer as part of a team or alone.
- if you’d rather be working with people or not.
- how much free time you want to invest.
- what your interests may be and what is important to you.
When you know the answers to these questions, it makes choosing where you volunteer your time even easier.
Volunteering strengthens the community.
Volunteering builds your self-esteem and gives you a way to pay forward kindnesses that may have been given to you in the past.
It’s great for college students who might be missing home, as it gives them a place to get connected and form new relationships that add to the college experience.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26.8% of Americans volunteered in 2011. This is about 64 million people doing what they can to help others.
All organizations on campus are encouraged to help strengthen the community, the campus and even the volunteer.