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Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

By Jeff & Debbie Barnes, Community Service Co-Chairpersons

  MAY 3, 2013 --

#10:  It’s good for you.  

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.  It:

• Reduces Stress:  Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrups usual tension-producing patterns.

• Makes you healthier:  Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.


#9:  It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

• The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.


#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.


#7:  It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

• Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.

• Building 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 (daycare and eldercare)

• Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)

• Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)

• Beautify the community (beach and park clean-ups)


#4:  You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

• Self:  Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.

• Government: through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.

• Community:  Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.


#3:  You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.


#2:  Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and people who live in it.


#1:  You make a difference.

Every person counts!


(Original article from the website of USC San Diego)

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