“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others” – Ghandi
Why should YOU volunteer?
People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is required, either by your parents or by an organization you are involved with. Sometimes it’s convenient, like if all your friends are going to be doing it, or if your church or religious institution is hosting a volunteer event.
But the most powerful kind of volunteering is when you have a spark burning inside you, an area of passion that lights you up, and that motivates you to go out and take action to make the world a better place.
Did you know that in 2014, 39% of 12th grade students reported that they volunteered at least once a month?
There are more than 1.8 million active nonprofits in the US alone, which means there is no lack of need for volunteers. Volunteering makes a tangible difference in the communities it helps – your community.
Many organizations rely on volunteers to keep their programs running. From administrative duties such as helping with websites, social media, logistics coordinating, keeping track of the budget, and more. While this isn’t the “glamorous” side of volunteering, it is just as important as the people working on the “front lines” and serving.
Volunteering makes a difference in the lives of the people it serves. The compassion of one human being to another is invaluable, whether you are helping a person, an animal, a community, or beyond. One out of four Americans volunteer, and the joy that volunteering can bring is immeasurable.
At GivingPoint, we want to connect you with volunteer opportunities that make you feel excited, proud, and inspired. For many people, that just means working for an existing organization in their community.
Using GivingPoint’s hours-tracking software, over 800,000 hours of service have been recorded. That adds up to over $19 million in total community impact, as calculated by Independent Sector. That is a LOT of service!
And did you know that 22.6% of volunteers are youth under the age of 24? Young people are out there, making a difference, every day.
“GivingPoint is an awesome organization that made me aware of some great volunteer opportunities. I love the way we can log and share our experiences with others,” says GivingPoint student Carmen M.
So, we ask again, WHY should you volunteer?
As Nelson Mandela said: “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.”