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Surprising Benefits Of Volunteering

Updated on November 21, 2013
A volunteer serves hot meals to evacuees as they wait to register with FEMA at the Houston Astrodome. Thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina are being housed in the Astrodome.
A volunteer serves hot meals to evacuees as they wait to register with FEMA at the Houston Astrodome. Thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina are being housed in the Astrodome. | Source

Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.
Peter Drucker

Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.
Gillian Anderson

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less.
Allen West

The vast majority of the American people are hard-working taxpayers who take responsibility for their families, go to work every day, they pay their mortgage on time, they volunteer in their community.
Marco Rubio

As a kid, I was always reminded that nothing is for free on this planet. That determined me to fight my way to reach a goal in my life so that I can earn my living and live a respectable life.

As a teenager, I was introduced the values of offering your services to the community and was also considered mandatory so that the resume can be decorated for a reputed college admission. This service helped me develop my skills while socializing and having fun as I made contacts for possible employment in the near future.

As the years rolled by, the benefits of offering ones services for free, dawned upon me. The perks could be seen inside out as a person as it started giving me a feeling of self-worth and respect while helping me improve the quality of life of others.

Volunteering has enriched me in many ways, and some surprising benefits are:

  • Helps to increase social and relationship skills

Volunteering is a two way street. As it benefits you to make new friends and expand your network and social skills, it also helps the cause you are helping out to reach new dimensions.

Volunteering helps strengthen your ties to the community and helps broaden your support network while exposing you to people with common interests.

Reserved or shy People need to volunteer since it gives them the opportunity to practice and develop their social skills as they work on a common cause and that gives them an opportunity to connect with others.

  • Helps enrich the mental and physical health of a person

Studies have indicated that helping others unconditionally kindles happiness. Volunteering is directly related to happiness.

As man offers to do something for free, he is also working on climbing the ladder of his mental and physical welfare by giving himself a boost of self confidence, self esteem and providing a natural sense of accomplishment.

Volunteering helps the body to be on the move, which is essential for retired people. This helps them to be physically active and mingle with like minded people that tend to keep them mentally charged thus, avoiding them to be isolated and go into depression.

Volunteers along with the St. Lucie County Transit System work to get supplies to residents affected by Hurricane Jeanne. FEMA
Volunteers along with the St. Lucie County Transit System work to get supplies to residents affected by Hurricane Jeanne. FEMA | Source
  • Helps advance career

Volunteering usually comes to the rescue of an individual who plans on changing careers. This gives him an opportunity to practice necessary skills used in that particular workplace while giving him exposure to many dynamics of working to handle teamwork, communication, and crisis management to name a few.

Gaining experience via volunteering in a career that an individual wants to experience is a bonus along with developing contacts, and enriching himself mentally and physically.

  • Helps bring fun and fulfillment to life

Volunteering is fun since an individual is exploring his interests and passions as he is escaping from the day-to-day routine of work or school or family commitments. Since all are collected there to bring a common change, there is creativity and a vision with zero stress and competition. This helps volunteers bring in a fun and fulfillment to their respective lives while trying to shape the organization towards a brighter future.

  • Helps create a balance within an individual

Volunteering helps create a vision by helping an individual make a better community as he meets different people who have a general goal in their spare time. It helps an individual see a different way of life and new places while matching their personality and interests.

As they say, “Volunteer…it’s good Karma.”

Your passion to develop the organization’s goals with an open mind, positivity and compassion, will not only help the community but also enrich you with values while keeping you grounded under all circumstances as you accumulate brownie points towards a bright future.

Do you believe in the act of Volunteering?

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    • Joyfulcrown profile image

      Joyfulcrown 

      2 years ago

      I have always been the one who was blessed after volunteering. I have recommended volunteering to several friends who recently retired and don't know what to do with their time. Thank you for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      In the high schools here one cannot get their diploma unless they put in a set amount of community volunteer hours. I think this is a great thing as it teaches the kids early in life the importance of volunteering. When my children were in school I volunteered many many hours during the week in several of the school programs.

      Wonderful hub Ruchira!

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      kerlund74 

      4 years ago from Sweden

      An important hub to read for many people. There is so lot we can do and with these benefits mentioned hopefully some more people can contribute:)

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      People usually overlook these effects in view of self centered interests. Thanks for sharing, Ruchira! Sharing too!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      4 years ago from Western NC

      Love this and your ideas are great. :) I need to volunteer more; while I'm in school AND teaching, I don't have much time, but I plan on doing more volunteer work when I get out. Thanks for this - it made me smile.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Great hub Ruchira! I used to love helping out in a charity shop, I never realised just how rewarding it is, I would love to do it again. There are so many different types of helping we can do, so this is wonderful! voted up and shared, nell

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      Ruchira 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Nithya!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, volunteering is definitely good Karma. It definitely helps to bring fun and fulfillment to life. Great write, voted up.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruchira 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Bill for sharing.

      thanks kidscraft. Volunteering sure gives back in a certain way :)

      Thanks Dianna. We also volunteer as a family every sunday and feel blessed the coming week.

      Thanks Flourishanyway. I agree withyour perspective

      Thanks alwaysexploring. You are a humble soul, my friend :)

      thanksFrank. totally agree with ya :)

      thanks Drivebyquipper. well said indeed.

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      Drive By Quipper 

      4 years ago from Wrong Side of Town

      Studies show volunteering releases stress, lowers blood pressure and prevents depression.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      super hub Ruch.. Volunteering is so life fulfilling and so important in ones neighborhood.. a fantastic share you published here

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great article Ruchira. Volunteering is a wonderful act of giving whether it's giving service or donations. The old adage, ' Tis better to give than receive. ' is true and there are many who needs our help today. Thank you...

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Some of the best skills I learned came as a result of volunteering. I used to go to the poorest of trailer parks, areas where people rented week-to-week, to talk to people about spaying and neutering their animals for free (and I would transport). I often dealt with people on drugs, prostitutes, victims of all kinds of abuse, people who struggled with mental illness, homelessness and more problems than I could ever in my upper middle class neighborhood with a Ph.D. ever imagine. I learned true empathy, how to persuade, how to prioritize, how not to judge, how sometimes the only one you have is an animal. I would never have given these folks a pet but I needed to make sure the pets were as healthy as possible and not overpopulating. Helping the pets helped the people.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      My hubby and I volunteer weekly and our life has benefited through knowing new people and meeting their need. Mostly, we have become more humble as we see how grateful they are with so little. Thanks for the inspiration today!

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      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Ruchira! It's so important to give time to worthy causes. Help can be for a big organization but also just an individual. Lately, I helped an 87 years old lady go to some doctor appointments. She was so relieved to have some help... to see her smile made my day :-)

      I am convinced that the world would be a better place if each of us would take time to help.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seems like this is a H.O.W. hub to me. I'll post it if you haven't already. Excellent message, Ruchira, but then I expect that from you.

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