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Mar. 19

The 5 Benefits of Volunteering

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Nancy Parker

Today's guest post is written by Nancy, who provides feedback on all elements of the site www.enannysource.com helping us to really make sure that we are making it as easy as possible for caregivers to sign up and find work.  In addition, she spends quite a bit of her time on freelance writing tasks.

I started volunteering for the first time when I was 16 years old. That has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. There are a number of benefits that can be reaped from volunteering. Below are some of those benefits:

Opportunity to Help Others

This is the main reason that I decided to become a volunteer. I wanted to do something to help others. I have been able to help several people during the eight years that I have been a volunteer. One of my most memorable volunteer experiences was in September of 2011. I took a four-day trip with my church to Vermont. In Vermont we helped re-build a lady’s home that had been totally damaged by a hurricane. This made me feel really good because I knew that I was not only helping her re-build her home, but I was also helping her re-build her life.

Job Opportunities

I quickly discovered that volunteering not only benefited others, but it also benefited me. Employers often get several applications for one position. That is why they look for applicants who stand out from others. I believe that the reason I have been offered so many jobs is because I put volunteering on my application.

A survey that was conducted in 2005 by Time Bank showed that 73 percent of employers would choose a candidate who had volunteer experience over a candidate who did not have any experience. This same survey also showed that 94 percent of employers believed that volunteering helps increase job skills.

Opportunity to Meet New People

Before I started volunteering, I was very shy and hated talking to people. I did not have a lot of friends, and I pretty much hung out by myself all of the time. When I started volunteering, I began building friendships with people. Even though it has been years since I have seen many of the people that I volunteered with, we still keep in touch. If I would have never started volunteering, then I would have never met any of those wonderful people.

Learn New Skills

The world is constantly changing, which is why I think that it is very important to learn all of the skills that you can. I have been able to learn a number of skills by volunteering, including CPR, first aid, goal setting, budgeting and planning. I honestly think that I have learned more by volunteering than I have in the classroom. Furthermore, many of the skills that I have learned have helped me do better in the classroom.

Keeps You Busy

I was a teenager when I first started volunteering. Like a-lot of teenagers, I complained that I was always bored and did not have anything to do. My life became a lot more fun when I started volunteering. I try to participate in a volunteer project every weekend, so I seldom get bored now. I have also had the opportunity to travel to many places for free because I volunteer.

There are so many great reasons to volunteer! Search for a volunteer project near you!

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