Why do people volunteer? There are many different reasons, I choose to volunteer to donate blood because they have some of the best cookies ever. But some places (sadly) don’t have cookies so there must be other benefits. I took it upon myself to research the various reasons why people volunteer if it wasn’t for the free food and here is what I found:
You can make friends!
You might not make friends with salad, but you will make them when you volunteer. Not only are you doing good for other people or the environment, but you’re also benefiting yourself. Hanging out with like-minded people, doing an activity that helps others is the best way to connect.
It helps your mental health!
Volunteering can help your mental health, making you feel more grateful for what you have in your own life. It also helps build your self-confidence as you feel a sense of pride in helping your community.
Your bank account can grow!
Yes, volunteering, giving up your time for FREE can expand your bank account. Volunteering can teach you valuable skills that can be applied in the workforce and give you a great platform to network with industry professionals. Gaining experience in different fields can help further your career as you add new skills to your resume (and the fact that you volunteer).
It makes you fitter!
Volunteers tend to be more active, specifically older volunteers who walk much more than they would have before volunteering. Most volunteer positions have you standing up and moving about.
You will be happier!
Volunteering will make you happier, if not for all the reasons just listed then because your brain releases happy endorphins when you give back to others. Scientists have shown the more you give, the happier you are.