Thursday, October 7, 2010


Have you ever found yourself wondering what to do with your extra time? Do you get that nice, warm funny feeling in you when you do something nice for someone else? If you answered yes to any of these two questions then volunteering is definitely something to look into. It is not only a way to help others but, ironically, also a way to better improve you own life. Volunteering for any type of charity presents many benefits.
            One of the main reasons for volunteering can be summed up in one word, rewarding. Volunteering is a way to change somebody’s life. It is a means of making a difference. When that is achieved a sense of fulfillment surrounds you. Your confidence is lifted. If you have the ability to help others out then why not? As a volunteer for the program Big brothers Big Sisters I can vouch on behalf of the previous statements. Quickly summarized, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer program that pairs a high school student with an elementary student. The high school “big” serves as a mentor and friend to the elementary “little”. Spending time with my little sister does give me a sense of fulfillment. When I walk into the room to spend time with her and she jumps up and screams my name, I can’t help but smile. I feel like I matter to this little girl and giving up some of my time to be with her matters to her. A sense of “it’s worth it” accompanies the act of volunteering.
            If you see yourself making money in your future more than likely you also see yourself working. Volunteering is a great way to get work experience. When you agree to volunteer for a charity you agree to make a commitment and to dedicate time. The same will apply for any job you take; you must commit and you must make the time.  Volunteering will teach you responsibility and time management; two very important lessons for successfully running the rest of your life. It will also require you to put forth effort.
            Volunteering is a great way to explore your career options. Some of the best advice I can give is to volunteer for something you are interested in. If you are interested in childcare than volunteer in a charity that deals with children, if you are interested in the medical field then volunteer at a hospital, if you want to become a teacher then volunteer to be a tutor. The list goes on and on. Who knows, you might figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. You might even find a passion for a specific area and if you have the opportunity to work in something you have a passion for then you have hit the jackpot.
There is a charity program or organization for almost everything. Pick one you like and start volunteering. It is as easy as that. If you have the ability to volunteer it would be a disservice to deny all those in need your skills. Volunteering is a great way to do something with your life and teach yourself lessons. Volunteering is above all a very rewarding experience I believe everyone should have the privilege of encountering. Be proactive and volunteer at a charity today!

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