Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer

by | Oct 5, 2020 | Volunteer

Volunteering is a two-way street. Often, the volunteers get just as much out of the service as the person they’re helping. But don’t take our word for it, get out there yourself! (Well… maybe read our article first). 

  1. Do good – typically, organizations ask for volunteer help in order to better serve their cause. 80% of Habitat Monroe’s labor force for building the houses comes from volunteers! We literally couldn’t do what we do without you or the good that you do. 
  2. Be well studies have found that people who volunteer go on to live longer and healthier lives! Volunteering can be a great stress reliever, as you’re focusing on the task at hand instead of life’s many stressors. 
  3. Make friends –  once you’re out of school and settled in a career, it can be hard to make new friends as an adult. Getting involved in a local organization can lead to new connections, both platonic and professional. 
  4. Learn – unless you’re already a carpentry-inclined person, where else are you going to get the chance to use a circular saw, put siding on a house, or set trusses? Volunteering gives you hands-on experience in skills that could help you in the future.
  5. Get outside – at Habitat Monroe, most of our volunteer work is done outdoors. Volunteering gets you out of the office or the house for the day, enjoying the fresh air and being active.
  6. Get Out of Work – many companies offer paid time off for volunteering. Look into your own company policies and suggest they get involved in volunteering if they’re not already. Habitat Monroe even offers a program specifically for corporate team building 
  7. Stay Grounded – what fun is life if you only experience it from your own, everyday perspective? Volunteering with different charitable organizations will give you a bigger scope of the real issues in your community 
  8. Set An Examplestudies have found that teens who are required to complete volunteer task during adolescence are more likely to volunteer again in their life. Taking the kids out for a family volunteer day is sure to strengthen bonds & teach kindness. 
  9. Get Involved – the saying is ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself!’ Think of volunteering next time you notice a problem that needs attention. Attend a beach or park clean-up so kids have a nice place to go. Organize a neighborhood effort to plant trees and beautify the neighborhood. Even a small amount of your time can help improve your community or give back to its citizens. 
  10. HAVE FUN – who doesn’t love puppies?! Spend the day volunteering at your local animal shelter. Do you love reading? Libraries take volunteers for various tasks. Love Legos? Build a house with Habitat! It’s kind of like Legos… Find something that you already love to do & figure out how you can give back while doing it.
Top Ten Reasons To Volunteer

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