You must have heard the proverb; God helps those who help themselves.
Well I’ll tell you an updated version; ‘God helps those who help themselves, but he blesses those who help others.’
We all work for ourselves, for our family, for money; but have you ever tried doing something for the society? Have you ever felt the happiness and satisfaction out of helping others? Well if you haven’t then you’re missing out my friend.
Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community. Volunteering helps you; it helps the society and everyone in the surrounding. So it’s a win-win for all, the receiver, the giver and the observer.
Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Community service is that “feel good” activity that many want to accomplish, but don’t always make the time for. Youth are discouraged from volunteering for many reasons. Many youth lack the time or have other responsibilities that prevent them from volunteering.
But, Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the Heart.
While volunteerism is focused on helping others, perhaps the biggest benefits are reaped by the volunteers themselves.
Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. And I should know that as I myself have made new friends and improved my social skills while volunteering with this organisation called Reaching Sky Foundation.
Volunteering has positive effects on volunteers as individuals, increase their self-esteem, enhance various skills and capacities, expand career paths and be healthier physically and mentally.
Volunteering creates the sense of self worthiness and instils self esteem. It gives the very important feeling of being needed as through volunteering somebody is offered help, which is by itself a very rewarding experience for the helper.
So I would say, Do it for yourselves; if not for others. I myself, at first, did it for the certificate.
Volunteering Betters the Community
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Simply by volunteering a few hours a month, one can have a huge impact with just a small investment of one’s time. Volunteering helps build a more cohesive, safer, stronger community; increase the social network between communities and neighbourhood. Volunteering promotes people to be more active in civic engagement and concerned of citizenship. Volunteering delivers some part of public services, encouraging more people work in public section, helping raise the educational performance of youth, leading environmental movement and adapting to climate change risk.
I’ve stated many positive outcomes of volunteering but in my opinion you shouldn’t need a reason to help others. I think one should grab any chance at making this world a better place.
Believe that things get solved if you get involved. So what are you waiting for go out there and unleash your AWESOME. Even the smallest things matters. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
A Development Professional, work channelizes the power of youth towards voluntarism, self-actualization and community participation. He is the Co-Founder of Reaching Sky Foundation, He has been awarded the Youth Champion Award by iVolunteer, India as well as the Peace Messenger Award presented by International Peace Youth Group, South Korea.