With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Volunteering can help reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Whatever the reason, volunteering can change not only the lives of those you help, but also your own. Below are some suggestions and tips.
Look for causes or issues that are important to you. Look for a group that works with issues about which you feel strongly. You might already be giving money to one of these organizations, and that might be a good place to begin your volunteer experience.
Find something that involves skills you already have to offer. If you enjoy outdoor work, have a knack for teaching, or just enjoy interacting with people, you may want to look for volunteer work that would incorporate these aspects of your personality.
Find opportunities that are in harmony with your goals. For example, if you want to lose a few extra pounds, pick an active volunteer opportunity, such as cleaning a park or working with kids.
Volunteer as a family. When a family volunteers to work together, the experience can bring them closer together, teach young children the value of giving their time and effort, introduce everyone in the family to skills and experiences never before encountered, and give the entire family a shared experience as a wonderful family memory.
Once you completed your volunteer experiences, hand out the Volunteer Brag Badge to whoever participated.
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