Why Should I Volunteer?

Monday, October 17, 2011

There are benefits to being a volunteer! Check 'em out...

1. Boost your career options!
  • Does your resume need some help? Upgrade your resume by adding some volunteer experience to it.
  • While volunteering, you can learn valuable job skills and gain experience in your field. For example, if you are a Psychology major who wants to do go into counseling, working at a local shelter might be able to provide you with that type of experience.
  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
  •  94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills .
  •  94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.

2. Volunteering can be good for your mind and body!
  • Volunteering can give you a sense of pride and identitiy! It can provide a healthy boost to your self-esteem and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
  • There are volunteer options that can benefit your body? Yeah, check out our trail maintenance opportunities, where you can hike and volunteer at the same time! Also keep your eye out for Town Pride, Town Wide, which often requires lots of yard work and digging!

3. Connect with others!
  • Ever heard of the "college bubble?" Living on campus can be isolating! Service work can connect you with people from local agencies and students from other schools!
  • Diversity is key! Volunteering can connect you with a diverse range of people, such as those who are different ages and people from different financial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Connect with your community. Have you ever thought of everything that your community has provided for you? Food, employment, enjoyment and more. Do you want to give back?

These are just a few of the benefits that volunteering provides! If you are inspired to get involved, contact scherberk@easternct.edu or cavab@easternct.edu to check out our volunteer opportunities!

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