Thinking of becoming a volunteer? See a list of reasons that will help you make up your mind.

    #10: It's good for you.

    Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

    • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
    • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.

    #9: It saves resources.

    Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

    • The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.

    #8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

    You can test out a career.

    #7: It brings people together.

    As a volunteer you assist in:

    • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
    • Building camaraderie and teamwork

    #6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.

    Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

    #5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

    As a volunteer you help:                                                                                                                                          

    • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
    • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
    • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
    • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

    #4: You learn a lot.

    Volunteers learn things like these:

    • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
    • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
    • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

    #3: You get a chance to give back.

    People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

    #2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

    Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

    #1: You make a difference.

    Every person counts!

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