The world would not be the same with volunteers. Today on International Volunteer Day, we recognise the massive impact volunteers have in our lives and communities.
Intrigued about volunteering but not quite convinced? Read on for more about the impact of volunteering and why you should start.
Volunteer with us
Volunteer work in Australia contributes approximately $25.4 billion a year to our economy. But this figure doesn’t include the invaluable assistance given to people in need or the rewarding relationships created as a result. It also doesn’t count the skill gained or how volunteering and work experience can prepare us for employment.
We’ve supported many people to try volunteering with great results. We supported Nick at his work placement in the media industry, Dale to volunteer with the Big Issue, and Melissa to support others in the aged care home. Each of them not only enjoyed volunteering but gained skills and connections in the process.
Here are some reasons why you should give it a go!
Do good to feel good
Giving to others and helping someone out is not only great for them, but it gives you a bit of a boost too. Acts of generosity and receiving other’s gratitude has a way of making you feel better in the process.
Small act = Big impact
Don’t underestimate how a small gesture on your part could make a big difference for someone else. Whether it’s giving them a hand with a difficult task or helping someone prepare a meal, you can’t put a price on a kind gesture.
Want to know what it’s like to be a police officer, chef, or a teacher? One of the best ways to find out is to try it yourself. By volunteering or doing work experience in the area you’re interested in, you get firsthand experience that you often can’t learn elsewhere. It might also open the door to employment opportunities.
And last but not least, you can build lasting friendships through volunteering. It’s a great way to meet new people who share your interests and together you can try new activities and challenge yourselves. In today’s online world it’s important to stay connected, and volunteering is a natural way to get involved with others and the community.
Looking to enter the workforce? Our new Customised Employment workshops start in Jan 2019 and are the first step in getting ready for work. Classes cover workplace visits and volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested contact Kathy Kelly on 0419 834 548 or via email for further details!
Want to know more about volunteering and work experience but don’t know where to start? Contact us today to see how you can get involved in your local community – simply email us or call 1800 610 665.