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Reap the Benefits of Volunteering

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Most people think of volunteering as an act of giving. You give your time, efforts and skills to an organization. However, volunteering is actually an exchange.  Of course volunteering allows you help others, but it also gives you a chance to gain many valuable things in return. It is a way of improving your life by helping others. You may not have money to donate to a cause, but you can donate your time. By the simple gesture of offering your skills and enthusiasm, you will positively impact other lives as well as your own.

 Are you having a hard time finding a job? Do you need experience? Try volunteering. Even though you won’t be paid for volunteer work, it will help to build your work history and gain a good reference, both of which will help you when you are applying for paid positions. Practice important skills in the workplace such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management and organization. Consider volunteering at a place that will offer you the skills or experience you lack. It is an opportunity to test out a position or a career field. Think of it as a free way to get on-the-job-training. Volunteering shows you are ambitious and enthusiastic about your field and demonstrate that you take your work seriously and are interested in keeping your skills honed.

Getting involved with local community organizations is a fantastic educational opportunity. One of the best ways to learn is through hands-on experience. Many educational experiences cannot be taught in a classroom. You can become skilled at working cooperatively in a team, integrate and apply the various subjects you study in school, while you are developing new skills and making new contacts in the community. By tackling real life community problems you can learn problem solving and decision making. Your participation as a volunteer might also help you achieve your educational goals by improving your chances of being accepted into college. Colleges seek well-rounded students and volunteerism if one of the things admissions officers love to see on a student’s application.

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