Making pancakes at a preschool may not be the most important volunteer work one can do, and I'm pretty sure I got more out of it than the school did because I had so much darn fun! It definitely added a little umph! to my otherwise ordinary workday. As I sit here typing, I feel happy, energized, and, dare I say... younger. As a result, I have a feeling I'm going to be quite productive at my work for several hours to come.
This experience made me think: Millions of people volunteer everyday. We know they're not doing it for the money. So...
What are the personal benefits of volunteering?
Here's what I've heard some people say:
- I'm learning new skills to enhance my job search.
- My volunteer work is filling a gap in employment on my resume.
- I'm meeting people to add to my personal and professional networks.
- It makes me feel good to help out in the world.
- It helps me fight depression while I'm unemployed.
- It energizes me to be part of a cause.
- I get a different perspective on life from the people I serve at the organization.
- I like working with other volunteers -- they're my kind of people.
- I trust and want to support not-for-profit organizations.
- Volunteering brings out my best qualities.
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