Volunteer Rewards: Helping Others

Volunteer Rewards Those Who Help Others

There are more than 60 million people in the United States volunteering their time each year to a variety of causes. How does it benefit them? Are there really volunteer rewards? First and foremost, human beings by nature have a desire to make a meaningful impact on the world around them. It is a part of who we are. Beyond that, the list of reasons is as varied as the people who offer their talents. Many individuals like to meet new people and volunteering is often a community-wide project drawing in a large pool of people. Others like to feel valued and needed. Sometimes, the people offering their time are doing so in gratitude for help they received in the past.

Whatever reason an individual offers his or her time, each moment spent helping others or working for a cause is a moment that holds value and returns rewards.

Consider the value of volunteer time

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According to Independent Sector*, this average value is based on calculations provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and includes the median hourly earnings of all production and non-supervisory workers on private (non-farm) payrolls.

That is an important savings for charitable and nonprofit organizations. Many of the services they provide would not otherwise be available if it were not for non-paid workers.

As a volunteer, there are also a great many benefits to take from the many opportunities available. In fact, you won't believe how much helping other can actually help YOU. Volunteer rewards can be awesome for you as well as those you help.

Personal Gains
  • Learn about many issues (cultural, health, environmental, etc)
  • Feel needed, appreciated and valued
  • Meet new people – make new friends
  • Helps you to deal with your own problems
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence
  • Understand people better
  • Become a role model
Professional/Business Gains
  • Make contacts which may help your career
  • Help you decide on a career
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Volunteer work looks good on a resume
  • Improve interpersonal/communication skills
  • Learn from role models
  • Get academic credit (high school and college)
There are so many more benefits that could be listed here, but you get the idea. Helping others helps YOU. It’s not being selfish to get a reward for doing good things. It is a natural outcome.

Now, think about how this applies to searching for jobs.

It is important to realize how employers view volunteerism. Most employers will know that as an unpaid worker, you developed skills that will contribute to your ability to do your job well. Here is a run-down of the things an employer might take into account: you probably work well with others, you are likely to take direction well, you aren’t afraid of challenges, you have self-confidence, you enjoy making a difference, you probably are the kind of person to take initiative, you are willing to try something new and/or you can work as a team-member.

Did you know that helping others could offer so much in return?
The next time you are presented with an opportunity to offer your time for a worthy cause, think about how you will be helping others, but remember that you will be rewarded for your efforts, too.

Volunteer Work provides a reward for everyone

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Volunteer Rewards: Find out how these 5 reasons positively impact your job prospects.

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