Recently, I broke down the differences between volunteering and interning and shared some tips on how to apply to an internship or a volunteer position. These posts focus on the experience you can gain from volunteering and interning (and then apply towards your career).
Today, I will discuss the interpersonal benefits of volunteering with a nonprofit organization.
I urge you to join an organization not as a means to an end, but rather as a way to build a sense of community and to encourage personal growth and well-being.
1. Volunteering strengthens our connection to others.
Volunteering allows us to build meaningful friendships and strengthen social bonds which combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Studies have also shown that volunteers are happier: the more frequently study participants volunteered, the happier they reported being.
Volunteers who work with animals may also experience a reduction in stress levels.
2. Volunteering makes a difference in our communities.
Volunteering allows us to explore interests outside of our careers in ways that have a positive impact on the world around us.
The understanding that our work is making a difference in our communities induces a sense of pride and accomplishment, which can improve our overall disposition and boost confidence.
Although you can certainly benefit professionally from volunteering, consider also the personal and interpersonal benefits of donating your time.
Volunteering is an excellent way to grow as an individual and enrich your life alongside working towards a career goal.