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6 reasons why volunteering is good for you

reachout.com volunteersWe’re slap bang in the middle of National Volunteering Week. So what’s the story with volunteering anyway, working for free? Why would you bother? 

Well, it turns out, volunteering is not only good for your community but it’s good for you too. So, if you’ve got some spare time on your hands this summer why not give it a go?

Here are six reasons why you should:

  • Mental health – volunteering is great for your mental health and has been shown to help with depression. Taking time out from your own stresses and problems to help others can really lift your mood.
  • Work experience – nowadays having relevant work experience on your CV is becoming more and more important for getting a job. Volunteering is great work experience. If you’re off school or college this summer, looking for work or just looking to change jobs then it’s the way to go.  Most employers count volunteering as practical work experience.
  • New skills – volunteering enables you to learn new skills, put those you have already learnt into practice and get great references too. You also get the added bonus of having heaps of demonstrated experience to talk about when you finally do get that interview.
  • Meet new people – one of the best ways to make new friends and future contacts for work is volunteering. Through volunteering you get to meet and participate in fun activities with like-minded people.
  • Positive change – volunteering allows you to help make change in something you are passionate about while connecting with your community and making it a better place. That sense of satisfaction you get when you know you are part of something that’s making a difference is priceless.
  • It makes you happy – helping others makes you happier. True story. In a poll by the National Volunteering Network, 98% of respondents said volunteering has made them happier people.

So, no more excuses! If you’re short on time try these random acts of volunteering from the Volunteer Ireland site.

Get involved with ReachOut.com. Some of our awesome volunteers are pictured here.

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