Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Many Benefits of Volunteering!

You may find yourself in a tough situation due to the current economy and out of a job. So what do with the free time you have when you're not job hunting? Have you considered volunteer? Volunteering in your community is a great way to help out while reaping many benefits yourself.

Learn or develop a new skill
It is never too late to learn new skills and no reason why you should stop adding to your knowledge just because you are in employment or have finished education. Planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills. For example; chairing a committee for the annual Carolina Canines' Walk For Those Who Can't.

Take part in YOUR community
Volunteering is about helping others and having a positive impact on other people. What better way is there to connect with your commmunity and give a little back? As a volunteer, you return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.

Boost your career options
A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses
73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills.
94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.

Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger
Research suggests that volunteering is particularly beneficial to the health of older adults and those serving 100 hours annually. According to the report:
A study of adults age 65 and older found that the positive effect of volunteering on physical and mental health is due to the personal sense of accomplishment an individual gains from his or her volunteer activities.

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