It seems like everytime anyone wants you to volunteer its at their individual company or organization. They talk about why it’s amazing and all the good you’ll do, i’m sure it just goes in one ear and out the other, but today i’m going to be talking about the importance on volunteering in general and finding the right place for you.
How it helps the community, we all live in a community and the condition of it affects everyone, if its run down it can affect happiness in people and a single act of kindness for the community can help everyone. Volunteering also provides important jobs for people in the community who might not otherwise have them, in 2015 California ranked 34th out of the 50 states with 23.9% of residents volunteering, resulting in 940 million hours and 21 billion dollars worth, now that’s a lot but i think we can do better. The sad part is most of those people are over 55, that’s probably because most people don’t think they’ll gain anything out of it and that ties directly into my next point.
You can learn important life skills, according to some of my sources most employers would rather hire an employee with volunteer time then one without, and most think it adds useful skills. A higher percent of employees who volunteer got raises over those who didn’t(if it came down to just the two of them.) Also most people who volunteer feel better about themselves, it can give you a sense of community and make you feel needed.