Why Do We Volunteer?

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By Lynda Robinson on 6-15-2024

On Jul 31, 2023, Stacey Buttel and Amber Krosel wrote an article for indeed that included 10 benefits for those who volunteer. (Benefits of Volunteering: 10 Reasons To Volunteer | Indeed.com)

  1. Provides you with a sense of purpose
  2. Provides a sense of community
  3. Helps you meet new friends
  4. Increases your social skills
  5. Improves self-esteem
  6. Teaches you valuable skills
  7. Provides job prospects
  8. Brings fun into your life
  9. Can help you be happier
  10. Gets you out of your comfort zone

 

While I can see all these as valid reasons, I have a few more personal reasons that I would like to add.

  1. Giving back to my community is a form of gratitude and worship for what God has blessed me with
  2. Working with others gets my mind off myself and my challenges, and on to others
  3. Showing love to others so that they can get a glimpse of God’s love for them may lead them to a relationship with God.

 

So, I would like to know… how about you? What are your reasons for volunteering? And how do you pick the places you will donate your time? How much time do you allocate for giving back to the community?

Send your thoughts. I’ll compile and publish the results in our next newsletter. There might be some interesting concepts that we can learn from each other. Reply to this email or email me directly: Lynda@4Tucson.com