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10 Reasons to Volunteer
1. It’s good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.
2. It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
3. Volunteers gain professional experience.
You can test out a career.
4. It brings people together.
As a volunteer you assist in:
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
5. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
6. Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help:
- Support families (daycare and eldercare)
- Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
- Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
- Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)
7. You learn a lot.
Volunteers learn things like these:
- Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
- Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
8. You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
9. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
10. You make a difference.
Every person counts!