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!