This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
A friend recently asked me why I volunteer as much as I do. The answer is simple, really. I volunteer because it matters. With little effort, I shared 10 benefits of volunteering.
10 Benefits of Volunteering
- Volunteering gives vital help, and a voice, to worthwhile causes.
- Volunteering is mentally stimulating.
- Volunteering creates connection with others.
- Volunteering gives satisfaction and a sense of purpose.
- Volunteering is fun.
- Volunteering promotes personal growth and self esteem.
- Volunteering saves resources.
- Volunteering teaches you about the world around you.
- Volunteering enables you to give back.
- Volunteering impacts today and influences the future.
Volunteering is Important
Volunteering is extremely important to me. Over the years, I have volunteered in many different positions. I stopped to think about the volunteer positions I currently hold and why I do.
I am a family liaison for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia (NFED). I’ve also spoken at different venues many times for the NFED. As an individual affected by ectodermal dysplasia, it is important to me that the NFED have the funds it needed to continue operating. I first started volunteering with the NFED in elementary school when I would go with the marketing director and speak at various fundraising or awareness forums.
I am a pantry volunteer for a local community pantry. For two weeks out of every month, I spend time daily logging into the local foodbank and creating a purchase order for the pantry. The community pantry serves the under-privileged in the area. I volunteer for the pantry because I know what it’s like to not have money for groceries.
I am a preschool Sunday School teacher. I believe that our little one’s are one of our greatest assets and they deserve to be invested in.
I am core team leader for a senior high youth group. I remember what it feels like to feel like I didn’t fit in or belong anywhere. I faced adversity. It is important to me to invest in our youth and let them know that they matter, they can rise above their circumstances, and they are loved.
I am a women’s ministry leader. I volunteer in women’s ministry for similar reasons that I volunteer in the youth group. I want women to understand their value and see their beauty.
I volunteer. A lot. Curious to know how much time I actually spend volunteering, I signed up for Reward Volunteers. Reward Volunteers is a site that allows you to log the time that you spend volunteering. It keeps a record of the time that you log. Logging your volunteer hours on Reward Volunteers qualifies you (or the organziation) for prizes. The really cool thing is that you can also find volunteer opportunities in your area, so if you haven’t chosen a place to give your time to, you can find one.
I plan to keep using Reward Volunteers. Even if I never win a prize, it will be worth it to actually see how much time I give to make a difference in the areas that matter to me.