Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering allows you to give something back to the community and help make a difference in others’ lives.
It also provides intrinsic benefits to the person volunteering including enhancing personal well-being and supporting career goals.
- Volunteering has been shown to help individuals express their values, develop a stronger sense of purpose, and help with their spiritual wellness.
- Improves your sense of connection and aides in emotional wellness.
- Research shows that when you focus on helping others, your mental health might improve.
- Helps you think outside of yourself and improves self-esteem.
- Engagement in hands-on experiences in your community that can be included on your resume.
- Enhanced understanding of yourself, including your values, interests, and strengths.
- Provides exploration of academic interests and career options through engagement with local community members, service organizations, and current professionals.
- Assists with growth in your communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.
- Expands your network, increasing access to future career development opportunities, including internships, co-ops, research, part-time employment, etc.