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Why Volunteering is Good for You (And Good for Your Community)

Here at Asé Pure Naturals we are passionate about giving back and supporting our local community. Most of us would agree that it’s good to give back, supporting the local community through your time and effort. But have you ever stopped to think about the reasons why volunteerism is so beneficial? 

There are a number of essential benefits to volunteerism, including benefits to you as well as benefits to your community.

 

Volunteering Offers Social Benefits

One of the best reasons to volunteer is because it connects you to others. Consider:

  • When you volunteer, you’re almost always placed on a team with other members of the community, including folks you’d probably never meet in any other context. As such, volunteering is simply a great way to meet people, especially people wanting to contribute.
  • Because you’re regularly interacting with new faces, volunteerism also provides you with greater skill and confidence in your own social skills.
  • Volunteering with your family or friends can be a powerful way to bond, and to spend time together away from the comforts of home. Many people volunteer as a way to strengthen their family bonds.

 

Volunteering Promotes the Health of Your Mind and Body

Volunteerism can also be a path to improve both your physical and mental health. For example:

  • Doing good work for others can provide a natural boost to your self-esteem, which can translate into greater self-confidence in other areas of your life.
  • Because it frees you from any sense of social isolation, volunteering in your community can also help counterbalance the effects of depression.
  • Being up and active in the service of others can also increase physical health and vigor, potentially helping you alleviate symptoms of chronic pain or stiffness.
  • Volunteer work may offer a perspective that allows you to focus on helping others as opposed to looking at your own problems. 

 

Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Believe it or not, volunteering can also yield some important professional benefits. Here’s what we mean:

  • Volunteering may allow you to dip your toes into a particular field without necessarily committing to a full career shift. In other words, it can be a great way to explore new avenues for professional success.
  • Due to the social benefits (see above), volunteering can help you build a robust local network.
  • Volunteering may also be a good way to hone skills that you don’t necessarily have a chance to learn in your current nine-to-five.

 

Volunteering Can Be Fun!

It should also be said that volunteerism can be a lot of fun… and there’s nothing wrong with admitting as much! Some people have the impression that volunteerism only counts if it’s really strenuous, inconvenient, or unpleasant. While most meaningful volunteer work does require some real effort, it can still be invigorating. 

 

And, it can offer you a break from your normal routine. For instance, if your work tends to be very solitary, volunteering can place you in a more social situation. And if you have a desk job, you might seek a volunteer gig that’s active and outdoorsy.

 

What Does Volunteering Mean for the Community?

There are plenty of ways in which volunteering supports your own wellbeing… but what about the wellbeing of the community?

  • Volunteers bring resources and attention to otherwise under-addressed issues.
  • Volunteers can provide meaningful support to full-time non-profit workers, who often struggle with burnout.
  • Volunteers can provide encouragement to members of vulnerable or marginalized communities, reminding them that they have not been forgotten.
  • Volunteers often attract other volunteers, which can cause a wave of goodwill throughout the community.
  • Volunteers can fill gaps left by public funding as well as private ventures, addressing issues as wide-ranging as homelessness, hunger, mental health stigma, animal abandonment, and more.

 

These are just a few of the ways in which giving back can be incredibly rewarding… to you, and to the people of your community.

 

Get Started

Here at Asé Pure Naturals, we’re big believers in the power of volunteerism. Whether you’re looking for personal transformation or you simply want to support your community, or make a friend, start looking for some of the volunteer opportunities available in your city or town.

 

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