In today’s busy society, it can be hard to think about finding time to volunteer.
Volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help.
Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.
Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have. The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is a valuable resource.
Ideally, volunteers find the donation of their time and energy a meaningful experience for themselves as well as for the organization.
The satisfaction and pride that come from helping others are important reasons to volunteer.
When you commit your time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment can be endless.
Organizations and agencies that use volunteers are providing important services at low or no cost to those who need them. When a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too.
Whatever you choose to do, volunteering and community service can benefit both the community and your family. Get involved today!
Check out the list of local organizations on the next page, find more information on them in the North Thompson Community Directory (available at the STAR/JOURNAL), or drop in to the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at the Ridge.