Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering your time willingly is an invaluable contribution of your work skills and life experience. Volunteer support makes a significant difference in many sectors of the community. Without the commitment of volunteers, many local organisations, events and services would cease to function.
Some of the benefits of volunteering are:
- It’s good for your health: Studies show that having a good social network extends your life, keeps you healthy, and staves off mental deterioration
- You meet new friends: Get to know new people and work with them on things you all care about
- You make new contacts: Keeping your networks in good repair helps you to see opportunities when they come up and gives you people to call when you want help
- You learn new skills: You can learn workplace skills from being a volunteer. You can learn governance skills such as committee management and business planning from joining a committee
- It’s good for the community: The more people work together and get to be familiar with the way things work around the area, the more people support each other through the tough times
- You can follow your interests: Whatever you like to do, there are other people out there who like it too. Join a group and you can share your passion
- You can build up your CV: If you’re applying for a tertiary place, or a new job, or a new relationship, it helps to be able to point to the efforts you’re putting in for the community
- You can learn how to win battles: Experience in operating as part of a community group gives you the tools you need to get your voice heard in the centres of power
- You can make a contribution: We all want to make the world a better place, even if it’s only by making sure our team has its turn at taking the flag
- It’s good for the country: Australia needs a strong civil society, where the government and business don’t run everything and people manage their own organisations for community goals.