There are a host of reasons for signing up to become a volunteer, but mainly volunteering is all about making a difference in the community in which you live. The majority of not-for-profit community organisations would not be able to provide the large array services if it wasn’t for the vital contribution that volunteers provide.
The volunteer spirit drives our community organization so the contribution of all volunteers, no matter what their role, is highly valued.
The Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering for community services in Mossman and Port Douglas benefits the community, and it also benefits you - both personally and professionally. Ten benefits include:
#1It's good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
· Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
· Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
#2: It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.The current wage rate used to work out the value of volunteering is $40.35
#3: Volunteers gain professional experience.
Volunteering can allow you to discover existing talents and learn new skills. These skills can be life skills that are t
ransferable to a variety of situations and occupations.
#4: It brings people together.
As a volunteer you assist in:
· Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
· Building camaraderie and teamwork
#5: It promotes personal growth and self- esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy. Because of your input your local communityrospers and grows.
#6: Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help:
· Support families (playgroups and eldercare)
· Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
· Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
· Beautify the community (beach and park clean-ups)
#7: You learn a lot.
Volunteers learn things like these:
· Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self- worth.
· Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
· Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
#8: You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit person they care about.
#9: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#10: You make a difference.
Every person counts!
Many non-profits can be comprised entirely of volunteers, and many services wouldn’t be able to be provided if it wasn’t for the important, vital contribution they provide.
Volunteer efforts help:
- enhance and extend the work of a cause
- improve the quality of life for clients and recipients of a service
- spread the word and increase awareness of important issues
- bring new insights, ideas and introduce new ways of working
- get people involved in meaningful work
- benefit the community at large
- change the world
Contact us at Mossman Support Services for more information on volunteering today!