Do you believe in karma? It’s been said what you put out into the world comes back to you. Whether you want to put a label on it, volunteers often report actually receiving MORE from their experience than what they felt they put into it. Here are just a few rewards beyond the cause, for helping others:
Learn New Skills.
Tired of the same old rat race? Volunteerism allows you to feed those skills you don’t get to use everyday and possibly explore new talents you never knew you had. Volunteering may even give you insights into new career possibilities.
Improve your outlook on life. Giving back can give a boost to your self-esteem. Doing something good for others recharges you and gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Meet New People.
If you feel you’ve been hanging out in the same circles, volunteering will offer new friendships. Getting involved in a nonprofit, especially as a newcomer to a community, gets you in with people who have similar interests. After you’re done volunteering, the group may just find their way to a local hangout.
Promote Your Business.
Talking about what you do for a living is sure to come up. As long as you don’t forget your primary reason for volunteering, use this as an opportunity to build your business contacts and put your company—and yourself—in a positive light.
Just because you are volunteering doesn’t mean you can’t get something in return. Sometimes the benefits you gain from volunteering are just as valuable as the help you provided.