Benefits of Volunteering

While volunteering makes a difference to those whom we serve, it also has great benefits for those who provide the service. Why volunteer?

  • Learn Something New – Develop a new skill, discover a hidden talent, add to your knowledge base. We should be life long learners. . . learning something new and exciting adds to the enjoyment and quality of our life.

  • Meet New People – Volunteering offers you the opportunity to meet new and diverse people and to develop lasting friendships and professional contacts.

  • Feel Good – Helping others makes you feel good about yourself. Think about it. . . can you think of something that makes you feel better inside than helping others? Whether it’s raising money for a cause you are passionate about or building a house as part of a Habitat project, chances are it will give you a sense of purpose and perhaps even a new perspective on life.

  • Gain Professional Skills – Volunteering is an excellent way to build your portfolio - add professional skills, expertise, and experience to your existing resume.

  • Become Connected to Your Community – Volunteering is a great way to become a part of the larger community – whether it’s your life on campus, your neighborhood, your city or town, or beyond. Volunteering can make you feel connected and part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Improve Your Health – New research indicates that there is a link between doing volunteer work for others and living a happier, healthier, longer life.

  • It’s The Right Thing to Do – “To whom much is given, much is expected.” As students receiving a higher education, living in America, having food, shelter, and other materials goods, you are privileged and have a responsibility to those who do not share your gifts of access. What better way to fulfill this responsibility than giving back?