|Volunteers like Bob Watson (above, left) brings people together as he |
showcases his WWII experiences. C. Coimbra photo
The Community Service page from UC San Diego sums up the top 10 reasons to volunteer:
10. It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It reduces stress … enhances moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate.
9. It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services, so more money can be spent on local improvements.
8. Volunteers gain professional experience.
7. It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in uniting people … to work toward a common goal and build camaraderie and teamwork.
6. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
5. Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you help support families (day care, elder care), improve schools (tutoring, literacy), support youth (mentoring, after-school programs), and beautify the community (beach, park cleanups)
4. You learn a lot. Volunteers discover hidden talents. Volunteers learn about the functions and operation of government and can gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
3. You get a chance to give back.
2. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
1. You make a difference.