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The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering. Even in today’s Coronavirus climate, volunteering is an extremely important way to give back. 

And while volunteering is beneficial to others, it can be extremely rewarding for you as well—in ways you might not have considered. Here are the top 8 benefits of volunteering.

 

1. Make new friends. 

What better way to increase socializing during this time of isolation than by getting safely involved with others while contributing to a cause you care about? By volunteering with a nonprofit organization, you can meet other people who share your interests and make new friends. 

 

2. Build your network. 

In addition to the friendships you create through volunteering, you also have the opportunity to build your professional network. Like they always say: It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Volunteering with an organization gives you the perfect chance to meet professionals in an area you’re interested in who can serve as great resources as you further your professional and career goals.

 

3. Expand your resume.

Adding your volunteer connections, skills and experiences to your resume enhances the impression you make on potential employers—demonstrating that you are well-rounded beyond the work environment and that you find importance in the act of contributing to your community in meaningful ways. That goes a long way when many companies are seeking quality of character in addition to work experience. 

 

4. Improve your confidence.

As you grow in your volunteer positions, it’s common to improve your confidence and self-esteem. Particularly when teens or young adults volunteer, they develop a stronger sense of self and self-worth through the value of work they commit for others.

 

5. Develop emotional stability.

With new friends, better confidence and a deeper sense of purpose, volunteering can even help develop stronger emotional stability. For instance, one study found in The Balance stated that when people with OCD, PTSD or anger management struggles volunteer, they feel more connected to others. This connection in addition to the act of doing meaningful work can decrease symptoms and improve social function.

 

6. Feel happier.

Volunteering helps to end loneliness, builds bonds and even improves mental health—all of which leads to feeling happier. The bonds we make through volunteering are especially important right now, while many of us are spending more time alone. When you commit time and effort to improving someone else’s life, you might be surprised at how much joy reflects back into your own life.

 

7. Learn something new.

If you get involved with volunteering for an organization, chances are you will have the opportunity to learn something new through your experiences. If you enjoy expanding your horizons and gaining new skills, volunteering is the perfect way to go.

 

8. Explore your interests.

Finally, no matter what you’re interested in, chances are there’s an organization out there you can connect with. Whether you have a deep passion for serving refugee families, helping children in the foster care system or working with animals, you can explore your passions, skills and interests all while serving someone else.

When it comes to volunteering for a cause, there are a variety of different reasons to get involved, now more than ever. These top 8 benefits are only a few of the gifts you can receive back from serving in your community. Get involved and see for yourself.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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