Ever since I was very young, I’ve believed it’s important to give back. It doesn’t take much to give back to those with very little.
When you give back, you learn to appreciate and work with people’s differences. You develop skills that may even benefit you in the workplace.
You know the cliché, “Make the world a better place.” Well, you can! Everything you do, no matter how small, helps.You can always give a smile!
When we give for the greater good—we know we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves.
While “making the world a better place” makes you think of researchers developing cures or geniuses dreaming up theories, smaller actions create happiness in the lives of those around us, too.
Paying someone a compliment, sending a kind text message or email, or tipping someone extra are all little gestures that can create and strengthen our sense of community. And that’s no small matter!
You get personal benefits from volunteering. You:
- Build self-confidence
- Discover your strengths and talents
- Become independent
- Enjoy better health
- Expand your social circle
What it means to those you help
Volunteering taught to appreciate what I have.
As a child, I donated items to others who had very little. As I got older—the old age of 10—I decided to donate some of my time to the kids in our church.
Our church is a community church, meaning we purposely are there for the less fortunate.
I joined Outreach, a ministry in our church that provides a food pantry for the area homeless. We distribute food, clothes, and money.
Our pantry runs every day except Sunday, and we serve approximately 100 people a day. That’s a lot of hungry people!
Once a year Outreach puts on the Day of Hope. We spend months preparing for this event.
Countywide, we provide food, haircuts, showers, clothes, blankets, toiletries, backpacks, and many other necessities to the homeless and jobless. It is an all-day event and we serve more than 1,000 people.
One other thing that I think is very important that comes from volunteering is networking...