Since I haven’t posted anything on my blog for a long, long time (the longest since this blog first appeared on the WordPress world), I thought I would post one, which might coincide with everyone making New Year’s Resolutions. So if you haven’t made one – or made one you can stick with – why not make volunteering part of your NYR!
A lot of people don’t volunteer beyond the required hours for high school graduation. With the exception of mandatory community service as a result of breaking the law, it seems as if volunteering can’t enter the picture. I was the exception; I eagerly completed my required high school volunteer hours before Christmas, and I even did more! To this day, I am proud to proclaim I’ve been actively volunteering for the past fourteen years! As a result, I’ve gained many transferable skills such as bartending, customer service, soccer coaching and leadership. I don’t think I could do without volunteer work. Even with my current busy schedule, I still manage to volunteer twice a month where I assist the traveling public at a busy international airport. It’s a great thing to do when you’ve just relocated, or temporarily unemployed. The former can help you make new connections while the latter will keep you occupied and marketable during the laboring job search.
Not convinced volunteering is worth the time or effort? Here’s a few more reasons why it’s worth considering:
- gain transferable skills (could come in handy if you ever consider a career change)
- meet new people who may become lifelong friends
- help someone in need (tis better to give than to receive)
- make a difference in your community (you’ll know what it means when you actually volunteer)
Volunteering isn’t as big of a commitment as you might think. Just one hour a week, a month, even a year makes all the difference. Remember any time you give will be greatly appreciated, and do expect gratitude on the part of the organization you are supporting. You will be surprised at how much volunteering can change your life.
So if you are convinced, I suggest starting out by volunteering for such organizations like the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, you can volunteer at annual events and festivals in your community, your local library, or even your church. Try Google searching volunteer opportunities in your community and see what comes up. There’s something for everyone when it comes to volunteering, and if you are doing it for the first time, you don’t have to have any prior experience. So give volunteering a go, and see where it will take you!
Many apologies to my loyal followers for not posting since last summer. It has been a real crazy time in my life, but I promise to post more in the New Year. Hey! That could be my NYR!