Sunday, 17 May 2015

Ten Reasons to Volunteer in your local Community.

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!

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