Want to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled? Consider volunteering!
I bet your reply is: Given that our lives are already so crazy busy how are we to even consider volunteering? Or something along these lines, am I right?
Wait, hear me out, the benefits of volunteering are tremendous for both the community and our families. Did you know that as a person you WILL reap far more benefits from your volunteering than you sow?
Yes, volunteering offers vital help to people and animals in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but volunteering also helps you as an individual. You will benefit by connecting to others, making new friends, broadening your support network, boost your social skills, and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide you with a sense of purpose and bring fulfillment to your life.
There are so many benefits for families who volunteer together. Children watch everything parents do. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the gift of giving back to the community. Volunteering shows our children firsthand how to make a difference and how good it feels to help other people and animals and enact change.
Both Timothy’s Adventures and Kaylee’s Adventures have chapters that you can share with your little ones to help start a conversation about helping others. Be sure to check them out!
Some important questions to ask yourself before looking to volunteer:
Would you like to work with seniors, children, intergenerational groups, or animals?
Do you prefer to work alone or are you a team person?
Are you better at working behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role in events?
How much time are you willing and able to commit?
What causes are important to you?
Tips for getting started (from the World Volunteer Web)
First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do.
For example, do I want…
…to make it better around where I live
…to meet people who are different from me
…to try something new
…to do something with my spare time
…to see a different way of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job
…to do more with my interests and hobbies
…to do something I’m good at
The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.