Let’s begin with a simple introduction. Volunteering is a selfless activity that involves providing services to others without an expectation of any financial gain in return. Volunteers get a chance to become agents of change. One must understand that the society needs something in return, a little help. Volunteering is all about providing this help to the society as a return of all the resources which the society and environment gives us. Volunteering provides self-satisfaction and comes with a feeling of self-accomplishment, which says that yes, I have done something for the betterment of those in need.
Volunteering activity is not only beneficial for the organization, but also for the volunteer himself. In fact, the volunteer is more benefited than the organization he/she works for. This benefit or advantage derived from volunteering is multi-dimensional. Let’s see what volunteering does for a volunteer.
Volunteering helps in gaining new skills: You get to learn so much when you volunteer, irrespective of responsibility or task allotted. You can learn new skills like leadership, better business communication and many more. It helps you in becoming a good listener and a good speaker. Remember, today a good listener is tomorrow a good leader. The main point of focus is that you can gain practical knowledge by experience, something apart from the theoretical knowledge which we learn in a classroom. It broadens your perspective of thinking. Volunteering helps in personality development. Volunteering helps to accelerate your personal growth and build interpersonal skills. You become sensitive towards the needs of others.
Volunteering helps in broadening network and improving social skills:When you volunteer, you get the chance to be a part of an event, expand your network and meet lots of people within and outside the organization. They provide you with networking opportunities, making new connections and build your friend circle by finding people who share common interests and ideologies. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network. When you get to know new people, you gain a sense of professionalism. Building your network can prove to be very helpful in future. It improves your social skills and helps to root out shyness and stage fear.
Volunteering has health benefits:Helping and working with others have a positive effect on your psychological well-being. It lifts up your mood, reduces stress and anxiety as well. When you are engaged in activities that you love doing, your support system gets stronger which reduces the number of stress hormones and combats depression. When you give, you feel happy. Happiness is the basic requirement for being healthy. It makes your immune system strong. Volunteering can help take your mind off from worries, keep you mentally uplifted and add more zest to your life. When you are indulged in everyday tasks and you spend your day in a perfect routine, you stay physically fit. Benefits of continuous socializing also includes better brain functioning. Now comes the best part; with a traditional desk job, you start living a more sedentary lifestyle than ever before. Volunteering gets you moving and prevents risks associated with less daily movements like back pain, obesity, etc.
Volunteering gives a kick-start to your career:When you volunteer for an organization, you get an edge over others while looking for a job opportunity. Your interpersonal skills and experience will impress the employer and you will have higher chances of getting chosen. Volunteering can help you in gaining experience in your area of interest and gain important corporate skills such as teamwork, cooperation, etc. The skills you have gained form a significant part of your CV.
Volunteering gives you a feeling of self-content: Volunteers have the power to make a difference, to play the role of a helper. They play a key role in the upliftment of the society. When the nation serves you with its resources over your lifetime, you must understand your responsibility towards it. Understanding this responsibility and working to accomplish some helping goals gives a sense of self-accomplishment and a sense of purpose from within, when you do something good, not for some monetary benefit, but for the benefit of others. Helping others gives you a sense of pride and identity. Your work will be making a significant contribution towards a better tomorrow. It will bring a sense of job satisfaction and self-motivation to do more.
Volunteering helps in eradicating loneliness and social isolation.