November 23, 2020
5 Reasons to Volunteer as a Young Professional
Author: NextGen Club
Looking for a way to give back? Don’t wait till the New Year to make a resolution. Put some purpose behind your goals and consider volunteering — it’s a rewarding way to serve others. Here are five (of many) reasons to volunteer:
1 -- Help others
This is a no brainer, but not to be overlooked. Volunteering is an opportunity to share your own skills and knowledge in support of a cause bigger than yourself. Your smarts are needed and can assist in empowering groups around the world.
2 -- Be a part of a community
Volunteering brings together people from diverse backgrounds working toward a common goal. Your involvement is the chance to meet people you may not otherwise have come by in a setting where connection is key. From a business lens, this is a proven way to grow your network.
3 -- Explore different interests
Taking part in a cause outside of your day-to-day gives you hands on experience while switching things up. There are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. alone — consider your interests, how much time you have, and what you’re looking to give and gain so you can align with a mission that carries weight with you.
4 -- Enhance personal and professional skills
This is a shot at flexing skills you may not get to in your current routine. Here, you can pick up both practical life skills and career advancing experiences. In the same tune of exploring different interests, volunteering allows you to challenge yourself and think outside of the box.
5 -- Boost your wellbeing
Studies show volunteering can have a positive impact on your mental health and self-esteem. Such selfless acts can help you find purpose — and, that feeling of doing something meaningful can make you feel good!
Donating your time can have lasting benefits, not just for the communities you’re serving, but for yourself too! If you’re interested in learning more about the positives of volunteering, or volunteering specifically with ALTSO, reach out to NextGenerationClub@altso.org.