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Why You Should Volunteer

Get out and give back!

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Why You Should Volunteer
Create The Good

Volunteering is never something that should be done just to put on a college application of job resume. You should never give your time or money just for a tax break or for any other reason but to give back. Sure, those things are definitely an added bonus, but to me, volunteering and helping out should be that of your own will and generosity. Having a bad attitude when doing work or going somewhere only makes it harder and last longer. It doesn't help the people you're volunteering for, either. It's not really volunteering unless it's, well, voluntary.

I've written before about ways I've volunteered in the past, such as going to a nursing home, a homeless shelter, and a pediatric facility for children with disabilities (mental and physical). Giving back and helping out has shaped and changed my heart because of the people I have met and the things I have done. Volunteering has taught and continues to teach me many important life lessons, like stepping out of my comfort zone and talking to people I wouldn't normally. I've heard stories from people from all different walks of life and of all ages. Once, when I was volunteering at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia (called Project Home), I spoke with a man who had been homeless for almost a year. He told me about his career and life before he lost his job and fell into bad habits, and how the shelter has gradually helped him get back on his feet. He always wanted to work in the medical field, and knew an extensive amount about natural medications and remedies. Watching him continue to study and pursue his dream, even when he doesn't have a home, has motivated me in times where I don't think I'll achieve my goals.

The work I get to do is rewarding when I see how it affects others. Giving back not only gives you a chance to learn and grow, but also helps out others tremendously. Whether you're actually doing physical labor to help them or just spending time with people, it affects their lives for the better. They see what thoughtful, kind people look like in action. That's why volunteering willingly is so important- if it's done begrudgingly, the person/organization/facility you are helping won't feel helped at all. It is much easier to volunteer when you have some sort of connection, relation, or passion to the cause you're helping. A few of my classmates have a passion for working with children with special needs, and they started a chapter of Miracle League at my school, and have really changed some kids' lives. I encourage you to not just volunteer, but to do it generously by finding something that really interests you. Whether it be working with animals, shoveling snow, or helping at an organization, all volunteering is good volunteering.


To find out about volunteering opportunities, visit one of the following sites:

https://www.dosomething.org/us

http://www.volunteermatch.org/

http://www.createthegood.org/



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