Volunteerism offers important contributions to individuals and communities. Many worthy organizations would be unable to offer services to the community without the help of volunteers.
According to Nonprofits Source, a nonprofit marketing agency, approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population, or 63 million Americans, volunteer every year for an average of 52 hours. Each volunteer contributes an average of $24.14 per hour in value, with all volunteers contributing $193 billion of their time to communities.
What is volunteering?
Volunteering is the act of performing work without the expectation of financial compensation. It is a form of charitable giving that involves the donation of time rather than money.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteerism provides opportunities for individuals to support causes even when they do not have the financial resources to provide monetary support. The most important reason to volunteer is to make a difference in a way that is meaningful to you.
Volunteering is not always easy or fun, so it is important to choose volunteer work that supports your goals and beliefs. The primary reward will be the knowledge that you are making a difference in a practical way. While it may not change the world, it changes someone’s world.