The Benefits Of Volunteering?

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Volunteerism has been linked to increased longevity, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol, and an overall higher quality of life. The flexible and adaptive nature of volunteerism grants volunteers opportunities to improve their careers, environments, social lives, and sense of self. An individual's financial, emotional, and physical ability to volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them will affect any benefits they may receive from volunteering. OVERVIEW Hi there, thank you for your question about the benefits of volunteering to the volunteer. All up, one of the key benefits of volunteering (I add my own experience here!) is adding purpose to one's life, and/or doing something meaningful or useful. Other benefits include longevity,…show more content…
Helping others, our body releases oxytocin, which buffers stress. Perspective – working with others can help us re-examine and reflect on our own lives. Happiness: According to professor Stephen Post, a part of our brain lights up when we help others, then doles out dopamine and possibly serotonin. Some people feel more serene, others more warm and trusting. Career benefits – if the skills match a person's career, volunteering can boost their resume. A lot of volunteering also entails hidden but valued skills such as leadership, teamwork, and good, empathetic communication. A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses - 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without, and 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills. A change of scenery: Variety is important in life, and especially for people doing environmental volunteering (animals, tree planting, restoration, research etc), the break in routine and escape from the city can be very satisfying. Trying new things: as well as working with different types of people, gives the volunteer an opportunity to…show more content…
Women volunteered at a higher rate than men. 35-54 year-olds were the most likely to volunteer. Married and white people also volunteered at high rates. It appears that stability and poverty levels play a role in people's desire or ability to volunteer. The average amount of volunteering was 1 hour per week. Religious organisations were the main places people volunteered, followed by educational and youth services. According to the Charities Aid Foundation, at a global level, in 2014, 2.3 billion people helped a stranger, 1.4 billion donated money, and 1 billion people volunteered. Myanmar was the top country for donating money, and second in time, while the US was the top country for helping a stranger and 5th for volunteers. It's also important to note that most of these benefits come when a person chooses to volunteer and cares a lot about those people they are working with. Feeling exploited or being obliged to do the work detract from any benefits. I would add that the type of work does make a difference, and working with organisations dealing with people who have been through a lot of violence and hardship can be tough – especially when those organizations are struggling – for resource reasons usually – to meet the needs of those they are trying to

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