Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Community Service: Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

 1.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.
2. It saves resources- Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
·         The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.

3. Volunteers gain professional experience - You can test out a career.

4. It brings people together - As a volunteer you assist in:
·         Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
·         Building camaraderie and teamwork

5. It promotes personal growth and self esteem - Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

 6. Volunteering strengthens your community - As a volunteer you help:
·         Support families (daycare and elder care)
·         Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
·         Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
·         Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

 7. 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 our government.
·         Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

8. You get a chance to give back - People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

9. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility - Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

 10. You make a difference - Every person counts!


Source: https://students.ucsd.edu/student-life/involvement/community/reasons.html