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10 Reasons To Volunteer Today

10 Reasons To Volunteer Today

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Ghandi

Imagine you are at Thanksgiving dinner and instead of being asked by a doting relative, “How’s work going?” you’re asked, “How’s your volunteer service going?”

Volunteerism can be the powerful tool that becomes a moving agent of change. If we made volunteerism part of our culture, could we strengthen our communities locally and globally? I believe we could. When we connect the people that want to help with the people who need the help, it’s a win-win.

Last year, I watched three telethons in awe. Hope for Haiti Now, Stand Up 2 Cancer and Gulf Aid brought together people who want to help with people who need it. The entertainment community gathered in all their glamour and star power to connect with millions of people for the philanthropic purpose to raise funds to help a worthy cause. Anyone who manned a phone or made a donation on one of those nights, also helped produce a collective measurable difference. In fact, the $58 million raised that for Haiti that one evening and the few days after, established a new benchmark for donations made by individuals during a relief telethon. Whether it was for Haiti’s recovery, advancing cancer research, or helping Gulf victims, these events raised millions to make a difference.

The Brain and Volunteering

Times are tighter than they’ve been in the past, but getting involved in global and local issues are just as important for so many personal reasons. Volunteering goes beyond the beneficiaries gain and benefits the volunteer. Volunteering has the ability to give back on other levels. Did you know that volunteering can have a direct effect on the chemicals of the brain. Here’s an article about how giving back to your community can slow the aging process and lead to a higher quality of life.

10 Reasons to Volunteer (besides turbo charging your brain):

1. Make new friends
2. Explore career and personal interests
3. Earn great recommendations for future employment or college applications
4. Develop marketable job skills
5. Build your resume
6. Enrich your education
7. Uncover hidden skills and talents
8. Increase your self-confidence
9. Have fun
10. Make a difference

“Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk,
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk,
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread,
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
~ Bob Dylan

So, who are you gonna serve?

A few websites with places to volunteer:
Volunteer March
United Planet
Service Nation
Cool Works
Idealist
Socyberty
Hearts and Minds
iparticipate
Volunteer.gov
Volunteers of America

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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4:15PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

It's my position that anyone who actively participates on care2 is a volunteer. Thanks for all of your hard work here and for donating your time and effort.

12:47PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Volunteering is a MUST..........



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1:37PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Thanks.

1:28PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Just started with a puppy rescue group this week. We did an adoption yesterday. Out of nineteen pups rescued from kill shelters we found good homes for THIRTEEN of them!!!! It was awesome and I think I'm addicted.

8:13AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

i just started volunteering at our local hospital and it's so fulfilling. it can really make someones day just to have a person come in their room and ask how they are and give them a warm smile. being in the hospital for any reason is no treat, so a kind soul can be good medicine.

3:51AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

I have been concidering volunteering, after reading this article I am convinced that it would be a rewarding thing to do

11:07PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Thanks

10:13PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

It has been said that a man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package. To avoid that I plan to do some volunteering at my Temple.

8:56PM PST on Nov 25, 2010

Another reason I can think of for volunteering is simple: BECAUSE YOU CAN

11:18AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

I don't know what I would do with myself if I couldn't volunteer.

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