Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer: Tip-of-the-Day #333

There are many reasons to volunteer. I can tell you that I do it because I know I'm supporting a cause I'm passionate about and that animals are actually finding homes because of the work I do with Jake's Place Cat Rescue. I did think this "top ten reasons to volunteer" round up was helpful however, so I'm spreading the love.
  1. It's good for your health! Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other than yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases.
  2. It's great for your career! It helps you create a positive impression, makes you more innovative, creative and gives you a range of useful skills.
  3. You can learn new skills! Employers love a candidate with a range of soft skills and luckily, volunteering gives you plenty of those. 
  4. Get real-world experience! Another amazing motivator for volunteering is the insightful, real-world experiences that volunteers gain in the field. 
  5. Make a difference. Volunteering, at home or abroad, gives you the chance to vote every day about the kind of community and world you want to live in. It gives you the opportunity to be apart of something bigger than yourself and use your civic responsibility for the greater good.
  6. Give back to a cause you believe in. Your reason for volunteering should begin where your passions lie. Let your love for animals, teaching or healthcare create positive change in the world.
  7. Change/save a life. Your actions, whether big or small will have an impact on someone’s life (in my case, cats.)
  8. Make real connections. Volunteering lets you meet people from all walks of life. It gives you the chance to form real relationships that can have a lasting impact on your life. You could meet your new best friend, future business partner or have a conversation that sparks a real change in your life.
  9. Gain a whole new perspective. This shift in perspective opens your mind to what is truly important, puts to bed age-old stereotypes and shows you how small your problems are in the grand scheme of things.
  10. Get inspired. You can use volunteering as a reason to get out of old routine and help you figure out what your next steps will be. Also good if your job is dull and you need stimulation outside of the nine to five.

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