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The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give the community is the gift of volunteering. No matter where you choose to volunteer, serving is an extremely impactful gift you can provide.

However, not only can volunteering be beneficial for others, but it can be extremely rewarding for you as well. If you’re considering volunteering with a cause you care about in the community, consider the benefits you can receive. Here are the top eight benefits of volunteering.

1. Make new friends.
What better way to increase your socialization in the community and meet new friends than by getting involved with a cause you care about? By volunteering with a nonprofit organization, you can meet fellow individuals who share your interests and make new friends.

2. Build your network.
Alongside the new friends you make through volunteering, you also get the opportunity to build your professional network. Like they always say: it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Volunteering with an organization gives you the perfect chance to meet professionals in an area you’re interested in who can help you further your professional and career goals.

3. Expand your resume.
Speaking of building your network, with the connections, skills and experiences you gain through volunteering, you can also further expand your resume. With a strong resume which demonstrates your volunteer efforts, you can appear as a more well-rounded individual and help earn a new career.

4. Improve your confidence.
As you grow in your volunteer position, you can also improve your confidence and self-esteem. Particularly when teens or young adults volunteer, they develop a stronger sense of self and self-worth through the value of work they commit for others.

5. Develop emotional stability.
With new friends, better confidence and a deeper sense of purpose, volunteering can even help develop stronger emotional stability. For instance, one study found in The Balance stated when people with OCD, PTSD or anger management struggles volunteer, they feel more connected to others. This connection and meaning can decrease symptoms and improve social function.

6. Feel happier.
Volunteering helps to end loneliness, build bonds and even improve mental health—all of which leads to feeling happier. When you commit time and effort to improving someone else’s life, you might be surprised at how much joy reflects back into your own life.

7. Learn something new.
If you get involved with volunteering for an organization, chances are you will have the opportunity to learn something new through your experiences. If you enjoy expanding your horizons and gaining new skills, volunteering is the perfect way to go.

8. Explore your interests.
Finally, no matter what you’re interested in, chances are there’s an organization out there you can connect with. Whether you have a deep passion for serving refugee families, helping children in the foster care system or serving with animals, you can explore your passions, skills and interests all while volunteering to serve someone else.

When it comes to volunteering with a cause, there are a variety of different reasons to get involved. These top eight benefits are only a few of the gifts you can receive back from serving in your community. Get involved with a cause you care about to see what benefits you can enjoy from volunteering with others.

Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

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