Why do I volunteer?

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Why do I volunteer?

Category : Blog

July 9, 2015

By Phyllis Duggan, Jericho Road Dallas Volunteer

Why do I volunteer? I think the real question is “why not?”

Volunteering is a “win-win” — personally and professionally. Personally, I feel good knowing I’m supporting an organization that needs help. I’m volunteering because I agree with what they’re doing and see the value in the lives they touch. They’ll benefit from the time or skills I can provide to help them achieve their mission. I’ll meet new people and make new friends.

Professionally, volunteering may help me learn new skills. I’ll make connections that could advance my career (so I can pay the bills and continue to volunteer).

For me, the personal reasons to volunteer far outweigh the professional. The payback?

  • I feel better, mentally and physically. Life isn’t all about “me” or climbing the corporate ladder.
  • Watching the news can be depressing. I may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but there is something I can do in my community (or beyond) to make things better and improve lives. When I volunteer, I don’t need a “thank you” or compensation. The feedback that’s most meaningful to me is personal and usually unspoken. It’s a deep sense of satisfaction, joy and gratefulness.

What could be better than volunteering? I’d recommend it to everyone. Consider volunteering to support those in need. To start, listen to your heart.

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