Volunteers give their skills, life experience, time and expertise to the community - but the benefits too are many.
Volunteers give their skills, life experience, time and expertise to the community and as a result, provide the opportunity for extended services and an enhanced quality of community life, by their active participation in it.
Some of the reasons people volunteer include:
- meeting new people
- gaining experience
- staying active and involved
- trying something new
- learning new skills
- putting back into the community
- having fun
- retaining skills
- supporting a cause.
Volunteering covers a wide range of opportunities including:
- administrative work
- friendly visiting
- adult literacy tutoring
- gardening / environmental work
- assisting people with a disability
- home and hospital visits
- assisting with therapy programs
- Meals on Wheels and Books on Wheels
- childcare, youth work
- opportunity-shop work
- working as a member of a board or committee
- community transport.
Volunteering and unemployment
Volunteering also offers a range of opportunities for people who are unemployed to maintain existing skills and to develop new ones. The benefits can include:
- increased self-esteem and self-confidence
- providing an opportunity to participate in new activities
- developing new contacts – networking
- exposure to job opportunities as they arise
- an opportunity to help others in need
- obtaining references to help with finding a job
- working in the area to suit your interests and skills
- the opportunity to gain valuable experience.