Volunteering – Its Impact and Benefits

Volunteering – Its Impact and Benefits

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Volunteering?

Volunteering simply means to offer to do something that you do not have to do, often without having been asked to do it and/or without expecting payment. WAAW Foundation is a non for profit organization that encourages people within her community to volunteer. We have been able to achieve a lot as a foundation as a result of volunteering, from voluntary donations to voluntary facilitators, to people volunteering to be part of any of our programs to create impact across Africa. 

 

Why should you be a volunteer?

 

Do you know that volunteering can open doors to endless opportunities as a volunteer? It is a definite YES!

As a volunteer, the benefits of volunteering can be immeasurable. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

 

5 Potential benefits of Volunteering you should know about

 

  1. Gaining relevant work experience: There are specific skills you could learn from volunteering that are wide and varied. If you volunteer with an organization in your career field, you will gain relevant work experience and technical skills. “It’s a much easier decision for a big company to bring you on as a volunteer than a full-time employee.” It’s been said that recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation when looking at prospective candidates. Are you a recent college graduate who lacks professional work experience or you are in between jobs? Volunteering can get you work experience that often exceeds what you would get in an entry-level work position, give you access to join the organization, and also help you in building your resume or portfolio. 
  2. Volunteering Builds Community: you strengthen your community and your social network when you volunteer. You make connections with the people you are helping, and you cultivate friendships with other volunteers. Remember that your network is your net worth. You also make a real difference in the lives of those who the organization serves.
  3.  Improves Self-Esteem: You are doing good for others and the community, which gives you a natural sense of accomplishment hence you develop self-esteem, confidence, and feelings of self-worth. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. It will make you feel better and confident about yourself, you are more likely to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Volunteering could be life-changing (and life-saving).
  4. Make a difference, you are Needed: Your skills, time, and knowledge are needed. Every volunteer can make a difference. Don’t underestimate your potential. No matter how small your steps are, you have the potential to make a big difference! If you’ve been thinking of stepping out of your comfort zone to do something meaningful in 2021, then this is your chance. No work is small, and volunteers are extremely valuable resources for an organization. Whether it’s about financial, mental or physical contribution – everything together matters a lot. Being a volunteer, you can directly get involved with noble work, serving those who need your care and affection. This would also be a chance for you to know that not everyone in this world is born lucky, and you’re needed to stand by a few of them, if not all.
  5. Volunteering is good for your Mental Health and Physical Health: Volunteering provides so many benefits to both mental and physical health.
    1. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.
    2. Volunteering combats depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against depression.
    3. Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.

 

How to volunteer with WAAW Foundation? 

 

  1. Join our community of volunteers 
  2. Are you a student in any of the universities in Africa? Apply to be WAAW fellow in your university. Learn more about WAAW Foundation fellows 
  3. You can also make a donation of cash, laptops, STEM kits, etc 

Find out more about volunteering with WAAW Foundation with this link: https://waawfoundation.org/volunteering

 

Jonah
jonah@waawfoundation.org
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