Thinking of becoming a volunteer? This is a list of reason s that will help you make up your mind.
10: It's good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
9: It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
- The minimum value of a volunteer's time is at least €10 per hour.
8: Volunteers gain professional experience.
You can test out a career. A role in a community council requires many skills and talents, from management of Community Facilities to being an officer on a management board. You can learn these skills in your local Community Council.
7: It brings people together.
As a volunteer in your Community you assist in:
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
5: Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you can help:
- Support families (daycare and eldercare, meals on wheels etc)
- Improve Education (tutoring, literacy)
- Support youth (mentoring, Youth Clubs, Youth Cafes, and after-school programs)
- Beautify the community (beach, park and village cleanups)
4: You learn a lot.
Volunteers learn things like these:
- Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
- Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of local and national government.
- Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local and national resources available to solve community needs.
3: You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community facilities and services that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
1: You make a difference.
Every person counts!