how volunteer work help you develop

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Volunteering can and should be fun. Pick a passion, a place or a part of your community you feel a connection to or you want to be a part of. Finding way to get involved in your community and giving back doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a chance to meet people, make friends and leave a positive impact on your community. Do what you love or use volunteering to find something that you can feel passionate about giving 100% of your effort towards.

The long-term benefits of volunteering and helping out in your community won’t show until later in life. But those who volunteer at an early age are more likely to do better in school and become leaders later in life. They build better relationships and have the communication skills and work ethic to succeed professionally. Right now, however, you want to know what’s in it for me? Why should I bother?

Volunteering builds character, relationships and increases your personal feeling of worth. Visit your local church, community center, police station or community activists. Find out what’s going on in the community and ask how you can help. Share your interests and you’d be surprised how many ways you can lend a hand in your local community. Become part of a team that works towards a common goal that actually help impact the lives of everyone around you.

Some of us are shy, introverted or simply lack the social relationships that other peers enjoy. While volunteering may seem like a great idea, the intimidation of it may seem too great. You want to do it, but don’t know how to start. Ask a family member to volunteer with you or speak to a guidance counselor or your favorite teacher at school. Ask if they can point you in the right direction or even introduce you to some people in the community who can use help. Many times to graduate high school you will be asked to put service into your community, take that as the opportunity to get into the world of community activism and volunteering. You’ll see that your actions, no matter how big or small, really do make a big difference over time. After you fulfill your requirements to graduate, stay on board and expand your role or continue doing what you love.

Volunteering can help broaden your horizons and unlocks skills and passions that you never thought you had in yourself. It will give your life focus and direction. Many teens say they volunteer in their communities for a number of reasons. It allows them to be compassionate, empathetic and dedicated to a particular cause. They connect with the ability to see change happen before their eyes as a result of their personal actions. You gain important skills that you can use later in life as a springboard to bigger and better things. You will become more socialized and learn to communicate and work well with others, especially when you have a common goal.

A further benefit is knocking on the doors for many teams as they read this. It’s college and if that’s a goal for you, then volunteering and community service mean the difference between being accepted or rejected to the school of your choice. It’s a critical item for your college resume and entrance essay. Do not underestimate the effect this has on a college’s decision making process. Volunteering also gives you important practice for that first big job you will land after college. You learn how to talk professionally to people and gain valuable social skills that are easily transferable to the workplace.

But most of all, the biggest caveat of volunteering is simple. It’s something to do that gets you up and out of the house. It disconnects you from social media, your video game accounts and gets you moving in the real world, meeting new and exciting people along the way. Teens are always bored and have nothing to do. Right? Well, volunteering with other teens creates the type of bonds that you may not get to experience in any other setting. Everyone wants to be there volunteering because you all care about the cause collectively as one. That alone is enough to create an everlasting bond between groups of people. Take advantage of the ability to be passionate about something in life because it will take you places far beyond your imaginable reach.

Volunteering can and should be fun. Pick a passion, a place or a part of your community you feel a connection to or you want to be a part of. Finding way to get involved in your community and giving back doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a chance to meet people, make friends and leave a positive impact on your community. Do what you love or use volunteering to find something that you can feel passionate about giving 100% of your effort towards.

The long-term benefits of volunteering and helping out in your community won’t show until later in life. But those who volunteer at an early age are more likely to do better in school and become leaders later in life. They build better relationships and have the communication skills and work ethic to succeed professionally. Right now, however, you want to know what’s in it for me? Why should I bother?

Volunteering builds character, relationships and increases your personal feeling of worth. Visit your local church, community center, police station or community activists. Find out what’s going on in the community and ask how you can help. Share your interests and you’d be surprised how many ways you can lend a hand in your local community. Become part of a team that works towards a common goal that actually help impact the lives of everyone around you.

Some of us are shy, introverted or simply lack the social relationships that other peers enjoy. While volunteering may seem like a great idea, the intimidation of it may seem too great. You want to do it, but don’t know how to start. Ask a family member to volunteer with you or speak to a guidance counselor or your favorite teacher at school. Ask if they can point you in the right direction or even introduce you to some people in the community who can use help. Many times to graduate high school you will be asked to put service into your community, take that as the opportunity to get into the world of community activism and volunteering. You’ll see that your actions, no matter how big or small, really do make a big difference over time. After you fulfill your requirements to graduate, stay on board and expand your role or continue doing what you love.

Volunteering can help broaden your horizons and unlocks skills and passions that you never thought you had in yourself. It will give your life focus and direction. Many teens say they volunteer in their communities for a number of reasons. It allows them to be compassionate, empathetic and dedicated to a particular cause. They connect with the ability to see change happen before their eyes as a result of their personal actions. You gain important skills that you can use later in life as a springboard to bigger and better things. You will become more socialized and learn to communicate and work well with others, especially when you have a common goal.

A further benefit is knocking on the doors for many teams as they read this. It’s college and if that’s a goal for you, then volunteering and community service mean the difference between being accepted or rejected to the school of your choice. It’s a critical item for your college resume and entrance essay. Do not underestimate the effect this has on a college’s decision making process. Volunteering also gives you important practice for that first big job you will land after college. You learn how to talk professionally to people and gain valuable social skills that are easily transferable to the workplace.

But most of all, the biggest caveat of volunteering is simple. It’s something to do that gets you up and out of the house. It disconnects you from social media, your video game accounts and gets you moving in the real world, meeting new and exciting people along the way. Teens are always bored and have nothing to do. Right? Well, volunteering with other teens creates the type of bonds that you may not get to experience in any other setting. Everyone wants to be there volunteering because you all care about the cause collectively as one. That alone is enough to create an everlasting bond between groups of people. Take advantage of the ability to be passionate about something in life because it will take you places far beyond your imaginable reach.

written by Thomas Kay on Sept 15th 2017

photo from Wikimedia by Daniel Thornton

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