There are lots of reasons to volunteer. Here are just a few …

  •  Volunteering gives you time.

In an article in the Harvard Business Review, it was reported that people who volunteer their time feel like they have more of it.

  • Volunteering is good for your career.

People who volunteer make more money. In part, this is because the connections created during volunteering allows access to people, information, and opportunities that can be leveraged for financial benefit. Also, volunteering can give the work experience required to get that new job. From a military perspective, engaging in the community can demonstrate leadership, initiative, and time management skills. These attributes reflect well on a member’s abilities and, when reported in performance reviews, can contribute to promotions.

  • Volunteers live longer and are healthier.

Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. Psychology Today reports that older people who volunteer live longer and are more psychologically robust as well as physically able. As we age, we gain more health benefits from volunteering than from exercising and eating well.

  • Volunteering increases self esteem.

Participating in activities that make you feel active, productive, and useful can increase your confidence as well as sense of self-worth and accomplishment.

  • Volunteering helps you meet new people.

Getting involved with an organization or school in town is a perfect way to meet new people, make friends, and connect with the Town of Oromocto and its surrounding area.

Resources

  1. Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-third-age/201403/5-reasons-why-you-should-volunteer
  2. Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/03/19/5-surprising-benefits-of-volunteering/
  3. Volunteer Edmonton: http://www.volunteeredmonton.com/why-volunteer
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