8 Benefits of Volunteering
1. You’ll make new friends.
Did you just move to town? Would you like to meet new people? Find an organization you believe in and discover new people who care about the same issues you do.
Did you know volunteering has been provento increase self confidence and helps you stay physically fit?
3. You’ll live longer.
Research from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows volunteers have lower mortality rates and lower amounts of depression later in life.
4. You can spend more time outdoors.
Are you an outdoorsman type? Do you love nature? Consider combining your interests with volunteering and join the Boy Scouts as a troop leader or walk dogs at an animal shelter.
5. You can learn a new skill.
Did you ever want to be a firefighter when you were a kid? Around 75% of firefighters in the US are volunteers! Do you have an interest in the veterinary field? Volunteer at the Humane Society or any of your local animal rescues.
6. You could get academic credit.
Are you still a student? Many high schools and colleges offer credit for volunteer work. Volunteering is a unique and rewarding way to take your education beyond the classroom.
7. You get a tax break.
Are you past your student years? In the US, volunteers are able to deduct expenses accrued during their donated time. (Note: This only applies if you’re NOT getting reimbursed from the organization and you must also itemize on your tax form. Always best to consult a tax professional with any questions.)
8. You could change someone’s life.
Find a cause you’re passionate about. Get involved. No matter what cause you choose, your work will make a huge difference to someone. You might change one life. Or you may change 1000.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get going!
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