People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build positive relationships in the community.
Whether you volunteer for 1 hour, 1 day or however long, you can have a positive impact on a young child's life. Children emulate and learn from the adults they are exposed to. Join us, and help us prepare our youth for success!
Fill out the JOIN OUR TEAM form, and a member of our staff will contact you within 72 hours to complete your volunteer intake.
Remember: "Every child deserves a chance to succeed in life."
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"Life's Most Urgent Question: What are you doing for other's?" --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1. Volunteers live longer and are healthier. Volunteers tend to be happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one's health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer and have a more sound psychological well-being.
2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships either. Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values. And these benefits have a ripple effect. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to become adults who volunteer.
3. Volunteering is good for your career. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities. Volunteering in your current career industry—or an area you’d like to transition into—is an especially effective way to leverage social connections for career gain.
4. Volunteering is good for society. Businesses, and almost all mission-driven organizations, are successful only if they maintain a strong volunteer workforce. In fact, places like museums, social service organizations, and faith-based organizations often rely on more volunteers than paid workers to meet their goals and fulfill their mission.
5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. Committing even as little as one hour a week can have a profound benefit on your own life, and the organizations that rely on such help will be able to thrive. You’ll get more back than you ever imagined.
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