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Whether you are unemployed or have a full-time job, volunteering can open the door to a more fulfilling life. Most of us spend our time in the pursuit of what we can get but here are some compelling reasons to donate your time and energy to a worthy cause.
Be a positive influence
The continuous stream of negative reports found in news mediums or from people we know can often leave us feeling helpless. Volunteering is one way of reclaiming your power and creating a safer, better world.
There are many serious issues from child abuse to environmental abuse that gets overlooked in favour of the latest scandalous story. By getting involved you will immediately begin to enlighten those around you to some of the globes most challenging problems.
More money, a bigger house or a more expensive car does not guarantee fulfilment and in most cases acquiring material things often leads to an even greater feeling of emptiness. Helping others by making use of your unique skills, abilities or talents will give you a sense of purpose and meaning.
Work for a cause
Investing in something that is outside of your private life not only yields positive results for the present but enables you to leave a legacy for future generations.
Personal growth and development
Personal growth and development takes place when we face new challenges, interact with a variety of people and learn to see things from a different perspective. Volunteering offers individuals a chance to grow in new ways.
A pathway to employment
The benefits of volunteering for unemployed people are endless. It enables you to meet new people, develop new skills and teaches you to work as part of a team. These experiences will prepare you for the future and give you the confidence to tackle any new job or project.
You can volunteer in a variety of fields:
• Medical field
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Watch the Why Volunteer video and be inspired to help someone in need today.