1. It’s Healthy!
That’s right, by focusing on others around you instead of yourself, you can actually start to lower stress levels (who would have thought!). Plus, it provides self-satisfaction. Don’t believe me? Check out this infographic by UnitedHealth Group.
2. Employers dig people who volunteer.
Remember how it was important to volunteer in high school? And remember how volunteering was especially important if you were trying to gear up for college? Colleges and universities value people that volunteer because it shows that you care about your community. Same goes for employers! Employers want to see that you give back and that you empathize with those around you. A government study published in 2013 found that people who volunteer are 27% more likely to find a job than those who don't.
3. You get to meet people who share similar interests to you!
Just the other week I attended a Patagonia event that was spreading awareness about proposition 67 (the plastic bag ban, which passed by the way!) and I met a bunch of cool people who were all there because they cared about the environment. As the event went on, I ran into a couple people that were big surfing fans. We exchanged numbers and have since gone surfing multiple times - all because we met at that one event.
I’m telling you, if you care about non profits and their causes, then you should go to their events. Odds are you’re going to meet some cool people with similar interests and passions to yours.
4. Gain New Experiences.
If you’re someone who’s looking for new experiences, you should try volunteering. Volunteering helps you understand your surroundings and plugs you into new social environments. When you volunteer, you get to interact and learn from people that you probably wouldn’t interact with otherwise. After volunteering or attending a non profit's event, I oftentimes find myself thinking wow - I should be doing this more often. I feel really really good right now. I want to do this more. Giving a damn and getting involved in your community is invaluable.
5. Make a difference.
Volunteering provides you with an opportunity to make a positive impact on the community around you. You never know what someone in need might be feeling, and through volunteering you have the power to actually help and make a difference. Your time and energy equal worth - and we should never underestimate the value that we can bring collectively.