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
Hearts and Minds
Volunteers of America


John w
John w.6 months ago


John w
John w.6 months ago

Thank you for the information.

Lesa D
Past Member 9 months ago

thank you Ronnie...

Jessica K
Jessica K11 months ago

I believe volunteering through service you enjoy is brings great satisfaction and a sense of interconnectedness. Thanks.

William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you for the information.

Sue H
Sue H1 years ago

Important considerations, thanks.

Tasha Wagner
Tasha Wagner3 years ago

Thanks for sharing with us Ronnie :) We could all use more reasons to help our fellow man & our planet.

Jo S3 years ago

Thank you Ronnie.

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K5 years ago

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.