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Why You Need to Volunteer

Updated on December 24, 2011

Giving is More Important Today than Ever Before

Today's economic climate is the worst of this generation. With millions out of work and more than 46 million in poverty, the nation is going through "hard times" and now giving is more important than ever before. Giving, as in "being generous with your time" or volunteering to help those in need should be a daily theme, not exclusive to holidays.

That's why your presence is important and why you need to volunteer.

Volunteers needed

Giving money to your favorite charity is valuable, but did you ever stop to consider that these organizations need manpower as much as financial help? Volunteering in America reported in 2010 that over 62 million volunteers amassed 8.1 billion hours serving their neighbors and communities in local and national organizations. People of all ages are helping one another not only during the holidays but throughout the year.

Volunteers of all ages are helping the needy in all parts of the nation . Many charitable organizations need these invaluable workers to help everyday. Without them, most organizations would not be able to help these unfortunate people, many of them children.

Who are these People Who Need Help?

People who need help cannot be classified. They vary in age from 100 years old to a newborn baby and come from different backgrounds/cultures.

These are just some of the people who need help in the community:

  1. Senior who lives alone
  2. Newborn baby given up for adoption
  3. Terminally-ill children
  4. Seniors in an Adult care facility
  5. Victims who have been displaced in a natural disaster
  6. Homeless people.
  7. Military families who have to overcome a soldier's death or a soldier's severe injury.
  8. Disabled people
  9. Individuals with mental health problems.

This list is not limited to any one population because everyone needs assistance in one way or another.

It does not matter what race, what financial status, or what background they are from; the bottom line is--everyone needs help.

The Gift of Giving

With so many charitable organizations to choose from, a volunteer has a wide array of choices. Whether a person wants to help orphaned children or people with disabilities or war veterans and their families, there are many opportunities out there.

Most important, volunteering is an investment in yourself and that you are making a difference in your community.

The gift of giving makes you feel good that you are helping another person.

Making A Difference in your Community

With so many federal and social programs being cut, the importance of non-profit, private, and church organizations is never more apparent in today's society.

Volunteering is on the increase and that is a good sign. Some organizations have said that they have so many people signing up to volunteer that they have "waitlists." Helping in the community is so important to most Universities, that they consider volunteering a valuable requirement for any student who wants to enroll at their school. Most corporations look at an applicant's contribution to the community as being a factor in their hiring practices.

Every adult, not limited to teenagers and seniors, should consider helping in the community at one time or another.

Like the famous speech made by President John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," volunteering has become stronger.

Helping in your community does not have to be a complicated thing. It can be something simple such as "Adopting a Needy Family for the Holidays" or helping sort out groceries at a food bank or volunteering at a local church to help serve food to poor families.

Believe me, you will feel good about helping your neighbors. You're making a difference in the community and that's why you need to volunteer.

College Students Volunteering in Joplin, MO.

Child Volunteers in Japan

Feeding our Seniors in Hawaii (Lanikai Pacific)


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