The Gift of Giving – The Rewards of Volunteering
Anne Frank once wrote “No one has ever become poor by giving” – a statement that holds a lot of truth. Emotionally and mentally those who volunteer receive an abundance of gratitude, a sense of purpose and they can build meaningful relationships with new people.
But aside from these feel good factors, what are the quantifiable benefits of volunteering. It’s ok to ask the question, ‘what’s in it for me’? Asking this doesn’t make you a selfish or egotistical person. It’s only natural to wonder what you’ll receive in return for giving your time, skills or money.
So, if you’re wondering ‘do I really get more than I give’? the answer is yes. Whether you are doing volunteer work in your own time or on behalf of your business, you’ll discover a lot of benefits. Here are just a few:
Make new contacts
If you are looking to branch out socially, whether it is for professional or personal benefit, volunteering is a great avenue to meet new likeminded people who care about the same issues you do.
Volunteering helps you learn new skills, keep skills sharp, or use existing skills in new ways.
Being an active member of your local community and donating your time and money makes you feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression.
Boost employee morale
Employees feel more satisfied in their job when they feel like they a contributing to a greater cause. Participating in a charitable work and enabling your employees to volunteer and participate is a powerful boost to staff morale.
As a local business, your relationship to your community is symbiotic—when they thrive, they’re more likely to support your business. So celebrate your success by giving back. It may not pay direct dividends, but you’ll surely see a benefit.
Regardless of your age or career level, volunteering will introduce you to new professional paths. Volunteering can be an excellent way to learn more about a particular role or sector.
By Laura Baker