Benefits of Volunteering

November 26, 2018

Some view volunteering as investing your time and resources to help others without any benefit to yourself. However, this is far from the truth. Volunteering can help you gain experience and make connections that will help you get a job.

Volunteers are important to plenty of organizations all across Oregon. Before jumping into a volunteering opportunity, think about what you would like to learn and the goal you would like to accomplish. Think about the skills you would like to improve and the work experience you would like to gain.

Volunteers learn a lot during their service. They improve their customer service, teamwork, communication, work ethic, and interpersonal skills. They also gain specialized skills, such as acquiring knowledge in a particular topic, organizing events, and managing volunteers.

Volunteering helps you learn about your community and the larger world. It helps you explore different careers and roles in an organization that in turn will help you make an informed decision about the career or education you would like to pursue.

In addition, volunteering gives you a sense of accomplishment through helping others and increases your self-esteem. Include your volunteer experience when applying for colleges, scholarships, or jobs.

Find a volunteer opportunity at nonprofits and government agencies in your area. Many international and national organizations offer online volunteer opportunities, where you can work remotely from your school or home completing tasks such as writing and editing, art and design, event organization, or making and editing videos.

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