You have to admit getting involved in the local Little League program, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Junior Achievement or (you fill in the blank) has been fun. And rewarding too. But last night when you crashed into bed exhausted from a marathon day, those feel good vibes from “giving back” were running on empty – just like you were. And one question loomed large in your tired mind. “Why am I doing this again?”
Of course, volunteering isn’t about what’s-in-it-for-me. You know that. But still, recognizing the benefits reaped from community involvement would be welcome right about now.
Indeed, the benefits are many, and it’s okay if the rewards help spur your volunteer efforts. After all, you’re only human. So keep this list handy for the next time that very small part of you quietly questions, “What’s in it for me?”
1. Chance to Meet New People
Often our busy lives confine us to specific circles of people: coworkers, neighbors, church congregation, families of the children’s friends, etc. Volunteering is a great way to broaden our “people” horizons and expand the opportunities to:
• Network with those in related industries
• Find people with similar hobbies or interests
• Meet the new guy from the next block who’s also looking for someone to jog with
2. Avenues to Gain Knowledge
Want to give your career, any career, a boost? Choose to be a life-long learner. Similar to the “people” circles noted in #1, a chosen profession usually comes with a “box” of knowledge that centers around one or two main components. Volunteering will naturally expose you to knowledge outside of your “box” as you connect with people from a wide range of professions. Imagine the possibilities such as this conversation starter. “I’ve always wanted to learn more about ___________. What can you tell me about your job?”
3. Opportunities to Expanded Experiences
While you may not foresee a job or career change in the near future, the truth is you never know when an opportunity or crisis may push you in a brand new direction. Experience gained while volunteering can open doors you never expected to face. Welcome any and all new opportunities that come your way through community volunteering because who knows what the future holds?
4. Provides a “Test Run”
Maybe you’ve always, secretly, harbored the idea of a career in theater or event planning or interior design. Especially if this carefully guarded notion is lightyears from your current career, how awesome – and wise – would it be to explore this would-be field via a volunteer position. Uh, very. So before resigning your job, enrolling in a course of study, or trashing the idea altogether, give this secret ambition a whirl by seeking a trial run through community involvement.
5. Transition into Retirement Years
Even if you’re years from retirement, it’s never too soon to think about how you’ll spend those golden years. Whether it’s because of the need for additional income or simply because of the desire for “something to do”, many retirees find themselves revisiting past connections and experiences. The people, knowledge, and experiences gained through years of service to the community can easily translate into a blessing after retirement.
At B. Loehr Staffing we applaud the efforts of citizens to “give back” to their communities through various avenues of volunteering. We also recognize how these experiences contribute to the skills candidates bring to the hiring table. Contact us today about the many advantages of a position with B. Loehr Staffing.