A Young Professionals Top 5 Reasons for Volunteering
Written by Nicola Wissler, Visalia Chamber of Commerce
For many, getting into the holiday spirit begins with giving back. During this time of the year, many people begin to take stock, and come to realize just how blessed and lucky they are. If you are like me, you begin to notice those in the community who have fallen on hard times. I begin to wonder what I can do to help lift someone’s spirits, and how I can serve and make someone’s days a little brighter. While wanting to volunteer often becomes a higher priority during the holidays, I want to encourage everyone to make volunteering a priority year-round.
In Visalia there are a number of non-profit organizations whose mission is to serve the less fortunate. During the Holiday season many of these organization look for additional volunteers to help serve meals, give out food, collect clothing and toy and much more. But these organization exist all year long and most will tell you that they could use extra help beyond just the holidays. I would encourage you to do some research, find something you are passionate about, and get involved. Become a volunteer. The holidays are an ideal time to start, but let’s see if we can make volunteering a part of our regular routine.
I have compiled a list of the top 5 reasons to give back and volunteer, hopefully these will resonate with you.
Make an impact:
Looking to make a real, lasting difference in this world? Unlike other aspects of life you may not be able to control, volunteering allows you to choose where and how to make a difference. It’s easy to get inspired with a cause you truly care about—and it’s rewarding to see your direct impact.
From cleaning up a street to reading to kids at the local library, you can enhance your own life by improving the areas where you work, live and play. A strong community with a high quality of life means safer, healthier lives for you and those around you.
Looking to broaden your network or find others with similar interests? Volunteering is a great outlet for meeting others. A local club or organization can put you face-to-face with people right in your community—plus, it’s easy to bond over a shared passion. You can create lasting friendships with those you may not have otherwise met in your day-to-day grind.
Take the lead:
Often what a great effort needs most is a great leader. If you see a cause that needs a push or a group that needs a head—take the lead! Many find leadership rewarding in itself because of the opportunity to share their passion, value and inspiration with others. When you take a leadership role, you also have the ability shape the world around you in the ways you choose.
Find new opportunities:
Doors open when you volunteer. You can widen your social network, discover an organization in your community or finally talk to the person you always see on the bus! Who knows: You may even stumble across your dream job by meeting your future colleague or next job reference.
Because it just feels good:
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