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Why do we volunteer? Why does it matter?

Why do we volunteer? Why does it matter?

Marissa Setyawan
Posted on Thursday, May 21

 

The most common question, Why do we volunteer? Why does it matter? Answer: The benefits of volunteering can be enormous! Read more to learn why!

The most common question, is Why do we volunteer? Why does it matter?

People have different reasons to why they volunteer. For some it offers an opportunity to give back to the community and/or cause that they feel most passionate about and the idea that however big or small act is - you are making a difference to the people around you. There are others who volunteer because they are looking to develop new skills or build experience and knowledge. And yes, there are those who are “volun-told” (not be confused with community service, that is another conversation) either for a class or group.  So, to answer the question - there is no right or wrong answer to this question. It depends on everyone’s personal circumstance. Maybe it’s one of the things mentioned above, or a combo or maybe it’s all of the above. 

Overall when someone mentions the word volunteer, we think volunteering is someone who is participating in selfless acts, whether they are participating with an organization over time helping on-going activities or it can be someone who participates in one-day events that provide a public good to the community at large. There is nothing wrong with either types of volunteers. With busy schedules it can be hard to find time to volunteer; is it impossible?? No, there is always is a way to take part in volunteering especially when you volunteer for a non-profit that is doing so much of the work that you respect and feel is important and the causes you care about. Now more than ever we see the influx of virtual volunteering opportunities, where you volunteer from the comfort of your home! There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone. 

However, volunteering is more than spending one’s time actively participating in selfless acts or on-going volunteer activities that benefit other people. It has a greater impact on society as a whole. They saying that no matter how big or small your act of kindness is, it still makes an impact – it’s true! Not only are you doing your civic duty, but you are also gaining opportunities and skills that can be applied in your career journey. These opportunities are one reason why we encourage all our Yotes to volunteer and leave their paw prints in the community.

By volunteering, you develop experiences, skills and overall you become a well-rounded individual. Whatever reason you come to volunteer – we hope that you leave the volunteer experience with a spark of volunteerism that ignites you to continue to find ways to give back. To find what works for you and you continue to do this. 

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, brings awareness to worthwhile causes, and connects you to the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you - the volunteer. The right match can help you to meet new friends, connect with the community, the ability to network with others in your same field of interest, learn new skills, and can even help in advancing your career and goals. The benefits of volunteering can be enormous.

Volunteering is contagious! Once you find that connection to a cause or to a non-profit, you want to do it more and more! 

P.S. Why not bring some family and friends along too!

We are in this together, Coyote Strong! Kindness is not cancelled. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Community Engagement at leaveyourpawprint@csusb.edu