Work, family responsibilities and social obligations take up a ton of time. Yet, somehow, many people find time to volunteer.

What motivates people to volunteer? Why should they offer their time and talent to others for free?

Volunteering provides many benefits to volunteers that most people do not even know. Volunteering gives people the chance to give back to the community and make a difference in others’ lives.  For an organization like Girl Scouts, volunteering also gives family members quality time with a girl and her friends as they learn and discover the world around them.

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Many volunteers also find social benefits to volunteering. They make friends, find a circle of people with similar interests and passions, and offer a valuable service to the community and non-profit organizations. Most non-profit organizations simply couldn’t carry out their missions without the help and support of adult volunteers. Many people also love the opportunity to socialize and gain fulfillment from a job well done.

Volunteering also provides individuals a chance to build their resume and job skills and potentially gain new employment opportunities. Volunteers often learn new skills, gain experience working with others, and build a wider network of associates and friends. Many volunteers tell me that they never would have considered themselves a leader, but now feel confident to organize events, people and projects – all due to the experiences they have had volunteering. Volunteerism also helps boost self-esteem and confidence. 

There are many organizations and causes that need volunteers. From helping disabled American veterans to the homeless, there are many opportunities to give back for even the busiest of people.

I assure you that the benefits of volunteering far outweigh the reasons not to give a little time to others.