Thinking of volunteering? We’ve narrowed down the infinite amount of reasons why you should into the top five.
1. Volunteer Ottawa guarantee: You WILL meet amazing people
Signing up to volunteer? Be prepared to meet amazing people. Volunteers’ come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, male and female, quiet and outgoing. Each volunteer is a unique individual but there is one thing they all have in common – the dedication and drive to make a difference in the community. There is no one type of volunteer, which means you have the chance to develop friendships and relationships with people who you may have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
2. Bored at home? Volunteering is a great way to keep yourself busy and make your days more productive.
It’s the middle of winter and sometimes the biggest obstacle you find yourself facing is somehow managing to stop surfing Netflix, drag yourself out of bed, and find ways to make your day more productive. We get it – it’s hard to become inspired when you face snow, polar vortex temperatures and even the daily potential for freezing rain. Volunteering is an amazing way to keep you busy. It offers forums for you to exercise your brain, suggest ideas, and generally be more productive – not to mention it gets you out of the house. So, we say it’s time to shut down that House of Cards marathon, get out there, and start making the most of your days!
3. Volunteering will get you out of your comfort zone and is a great way to experience something new.
They say, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. The idea of committing to a project, meeting new people, and making a difference can be a daunting one. But once you take the first step and sign up for that volunteer opportunity you’ve been eyeing, you are welcoming in a new experience. Each volunteer opportunity offers you the chance to try something new, create and develop unique ideas, and (again) meet amazing people. Volunteer Ottawa allows you to connect with organizations looking for volunteers. Find one that works for you at http://www.volunteerottawa.ca/index.php/volunteer/get-started-volunteer-links/find-an-opportunity. New Experiences can be scary; but it’s time to take a leap of faith. We promise it will be worth your while.
4. Volunteering offers a chance to network and can lead to amazing future opportunities.
Remember when you graduated high school or university and weren’t exactly sure what to do next? Volunteering is an amazing way to ‘network’ with a variety of people in all sorts of organizations. Networking has become one of the most important, necessary and yes, difficult, ways to bring your career to the next level. It can be hard to meet the right people. Volunteering brings together people in all stages of life, giving you the opportunity to interact, befriend and form relationships with a variety of new individuals could eventually lead to amazing future opportunities. So sign up for that next volunteering event, you never know who will be there.
5. Finally, volunteering will just make you feel like a better person.
Who doesn’t love coming home at the end of the day feeling like you actually made a difference? Volunteering gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the community and making it a better place. There are many companies and projects that are created with the intent to change the community and make a difference. Companies like Christie Lake Kids, the Ottawa Humane Society, and Shepherds of Good Hope, are some of the many organizations that you can find on Volunteer Ottawa. These projects and companies can’t do it without your help. Volunteers are the backbone and the heart of these projects. There’s nothing better than coming home, knowing you’re going to bed having helped make the community a better place.