Volunteering makes us happier. Studies measuring hormones and brain activity confirm that being helpful to others gives us immense pleasure. This may be because volunteering provides you with a sense of purpose. When you feel like you’re doing something worthwhile, you gain a sense of accomplishment and feel more fulfilled. It’s much more meaningful than signing a cheque to ease your conscience. And by being part of something greater than yourself, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture better, instead of only focusing on your own worries.
There is also the social contact aspect of helping others. This has been shown to counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. Keeping in contact with others also broadens your support system and helps to ward off loneliness and depression.
You’ll feel connected to the people you are helping on a real level. Connections to others help us to feel like we belong and help strengthen our identity.
Volunteering can also help you meet new people and make friends. This means learning about different cultures which will help you to broaden your worldview.
The training and hands-on experience you gain while volunteering will increase your skill base and/or help you build on the skills you already have.
The people you meet while volunteering will help you expand your network. Some may become mentors or even recommend you for work positions.
As a volunteer-led charity organisation, World Care Foundation (WCF) knows all too well about the benefits of volunteering. We can list dozens of examples of first-hand accounts from our own volunteers. They all say that they gained much more from the experience than they expected and thank us for the opportunity.
Do you have excellent administrative, creative or other skills you can share? Or do you just want to lend a helping hand and give back? We could use your help and time to deliver projects to our beneficiaries more effectively and efficiently.
Raise funds at shopping centres or community events, spend a couple of hours at our offices or take the plunge and join us on one of our charity trips. We promise you’ll love volunteering with us. It will be a rewarding experience for you and a world of benefit to the people we support. Learn more here.
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