Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in the community – and in their own life – by giving of their time and expertise.
Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts, and the environment. Some volunteers give just one hour of time each week; others devote many hours.
Volunteers are involved in one-time events as well as ongoing commitments. Some choose to volunteer out in the community or foreign countries, whereas others are virtual volunteers and do their volunteering from the comfort of home. Volunteers can work on their own or with others, do hands-on work, or volunteer at an administrative or leadership level.
Volunteers play a vital role in our Community. Volunteers are engaged in delivering services and programs that improve and enhance the lives of our communities. Volunteers are people just like you.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Make important networking contacts
- Learn or develop skills
- Gain work experience
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improve health
- Help you meet new people
- Feel needed and valued
- Make a difference in someone’s life
- Express gratitude for the help you may have received in the past from an organization
- Promote intercultural cooperation through peace and intercultural understanding
Why Should I Volunteer?
- Help build a stronger community
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people
- Try something different
- Help others in the community
- Provide needed volunteer skills
- Explore new challenges
- Gain experience
- Become involved
- Have a fun mutual understanding
Principles of Volunteering
- Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
- Volunteer work is unpaid
- Volunteering is always a matter of choice
- Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
- Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
- Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work
- Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
- Volunteering respects the rights, dignity, and culture of others
- Volunteering promotes human rights and equality
- Volunteering promotes peace and intercultural understanding