As students, we often have a lot of tasks on our plates. We study for hours. We have exams coming up. We have assignments and projects due. Sometimes our lives get so busy that we can forget to do the little things to give back to the communities and organizations we live in and love. There are so many benefits to giving back to the community that can help with advancing your interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and other skills that employers find highly valuable.
If you’re on the edge about whether or not you should add volunteering to your hectic schedule, here’s a few things you should consider:
- Volunteering allows you to build a network with others and strengthen your ties with the organization or community for which you choose to volunteer. You may meet many wonderful people who believe in the same ideals that you do!
- As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a difference in many people’s lives. You might be tutoring others, cleaning up parks and other public spaces, spending time with people who need a little light in their lives. The possibilities are endless.
- You’ll grow and gain both personal and professional experience. Your volunteering duties can allow you to see if this is a career path you may want to pursue in the future. Through volunteering, you’ll learn your strengths and weaknesses as you do your part in giving back. Check out these 5 volunteering efforts that impress recruiters:
Now that you have an idea of why you should set aside some time to give back to your community, you can start looking for opportunities.
Once you start looking, you’ll realize that there are so many ways you can give back to your community.
Here are 4 ways to start giving back:
- Ask your friends! Your friends may have heard about volunteering opportunities they can share with you. And the great part about this? You can volunteer together!
- Talk to your school’s Career Center or your school’s Community Service Center. Chances are a similar department exists within your school. These offices often have local volunteer opportunities available for you to choose from.
- Check out volunteer.gov: America’s Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal. You can find volunteer opportunities benefitting America’s resources on a local, state, or federal level.
- Look into joining a school organization that offers or specializes in community services. These clubs and greek organizations often spend time acquiring lists of available volunteering opportunities for its members. Members often dedicate a fair portion of their time to giving back to their local community or philanthropies they support.
While it’s difficult to measure the true impact of volunteers, I believe that every single volunteer makes a significant difference.
Think about the many resources that are available because people are willing to volunteer their time. As a volunteer, you’ll be taking a hands-on approach to shaping the world into what you believe it should be like.Your time is important, but the experience of giving back is absolutely invaluable.
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