There never seem to be enough hours in the day. Between work or school, running errands, working out and spending time with friends, it’s easy to feel like you’re booked solid for the next six months.
But, making time in your busy schedule to volunteer and give back to the community could be just what you need to de-stress.
Why It Matters
Volunteering for a worthy cause is the best of both worlds, an advantage for both parties. By volunteering your time, you’re bettering the lives of others. Whether you’re working directly with people, serving in a shelter or helping to re-build a community, the work that you do goes farther than you might think and reaches more people than you could imagine. Additionally, you get a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from knowing you’ve spent your time on a worthy cause. Volunteering is an activity that benefits both the giver and receiver.
What You Can Do
Choose to volunteer for a project or cause for which you’re truly passionate. The more you care about the work you’re doing, the more enjoyable it is and the more fulfillment you feel afterwards. You’ll be more likely to stay fully involved and interested in a cause you care about.
Sometimes figuring out what you can do to help requires a little creativity. There are many different ways to help out that you may not have thought of. For instance, those who are interested in volunteering in a hospital or rehabilitation facility may not be able to work directly with patients due to medical reasons. But, there are other ways to help out without working directly with patients. Other possibilities include working in the facility, assisting with transportation in accessible vans for special trips, or providing entertainment. The organization will be more than happy to work with you and find just the right opportunity.
How to Get Involved
There is no shortage of opportunities in any given city. Decide what interests you, what you care about changing or the type of cause to which you want to contribute. Most organizations need volunteers on a rolling basis, meaning that anytime is a good time to reach out. Go online and search for opportunities in your area, ask friends and take the initiative sooner rather than later. Stay up to date on what’s happening in your area and look for special community events that may require volunteer help.
Getting involved and making a difference starts with you. The satisfaction and fulfillment of knowing you’re spending your time helping others is an irreplaceable feeling. Volunteering means creating lifelong friendships, strengthening the community and learning to focus on the needs of others.
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