*Volunteering is generally seen as an altruistic activity where an individual provides services for no financial gain, to benefit another person, group or organization*. (Wikipedia)
*A volunteer is a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task*
I will be sharing my own life experience with you, how Volunteering has helped me to this present level.
I could remember how nervous I felt on my first morning of Volunteering (October 2017). I had signed up with a team to help in the ushering unit of the *Future leadership conference* little did I know that it would be the start of something that would shape my future and personal life too. I formed friendship with some other volunteers that have lasted till date. Volunteering gave me a new life😊.
Before I started Volunteering, I battled with low self esteem but voluntary work has enhanced my life and I have gained plenty of confidence. It provided me with a sense of purpose and added meaning to me. I may not be paid financially but I get so Much out of it in other ways which makes me feel positive and gives something to look forward to. And over the years till date I still volunteer.
The number of events I have volunteered for, I really can’t count.
My journey into the social media world started from Volunteering. After Volunteering in the area of social media for a good number of events, I began to learn the ropes as to what being a social media enthusiasts entails.
I started as a newbie then progressed into someone that can successfully lead a team at events. Volunteering makes me feel good🙂
Did you know that when you volunteer, you’re improving your life?
The benefits of Volunteering are countless but before I talk about it, I will like you to know what to look at for before Volunteering👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
▪ *Find a reputable project that matches your skill set.*
*Understanding your skill set and your profession and also your limitations are key to deciding the type of volunteer opportunity you want to get involved in.*
*• What role do I want to have in your volunteer opportunity?*
*• What skills do I have to offer?*
*• Which activities give me energy?*
*• What exactly do I hope to achieve?*
▪ *Choose an organisation that provides training and gives room for growth for volunteers*
*You can be efficient with how you spend your time and create more meaningful experiences for yourself by aligning your activities with your overall goals and dreams.*
*Think of the various ways that a volunteer opportunity can impact your bigger picture plan and be intentional about how you want to be involved.*
*• How do you want volunteering to fit into your overall goals?*
*• What would you like to learn and gain from your experience?*
*If you have no professional skills to offer, don’t despair. Many reputable projects give you the tools to be effective.*
▪. *Talk To Previous Volunteers*
*Previous volunteers can tell you about how ethical a project really is. Some organizations publish volunteer experiences and participants reviews on their sites.*
*Don’t be afraid to ask to be put in touch with former volunteers. A brief chat can quickly give you a sense of the project, how valuable the organization’s work is, and whether you can truly make a difference by volunteering with them.*
*Ask questions about what’s required and expected of you. Find out more about how the organization is run and what the culture and priorities are like. Talk to various other people who are involved at the organization, whether paid team members or volunteers.*
*Understand Commitment, Motivation and Sustainable Impact*
*Commitment is key. When you commit to a project, ensure you follow through with plans. It speaks volume about your integrity and sets you up for future recommendations. If you are unable to deliver, communicate early and make up for it the best way possible.*
*There is no progress without purpose. Especially when it comes to volunteering your skills, there is a big difference between a person’s motivations for volunteering and an organization’s motivations for hosting. Possible motivations include:*
*Be on the lookout for organization/ events that are impressed by your skills and ideas. Even more so, look for a project that creates a sustainable impact in the long-term.*
*As you look for opportunities, consider that an organization in an exciting location with a clear need for your skills might not be enough.*
*In order to stay engaged with the team and the work, it is important to align on mission and to support a locally driven initiative that will further the mission of the organization, not your own “passion project.”*
*It’s also important to listen to and engage the community you are working for; ultimately they know best what their needs are.*
With so many choices and options out there, it’s important to be very intentional about your hunt for the right volunteer opportunity. The key will be to align your efforts in giving back to the society with your core values.
Now Here are some proven benefits of Volunteering*
1⃣ *Volunteering opens you to opportunities*
I have been opportuned to meet people of high calibre just through Volunteering. Early this year, I was in the same space with the special adviser to the Governor on women’s affair. How did I meet her👉🏻 *Volunteering*
Also last month, I had the opportunity to be with the general supretendent of the male Maximum kirikiri prison with my mentor.. I’m sure you have heard of the saying, your network is your networth. You meet people with different skill setup.
In April this year, I was selected among thousands of people that applied for a free leadership school. And guess what👉🏻 Volunteering was a prerequisite. So many opportunities out there that Volunteering paves way for.
*Volunteering connects you to people*
This part cannot be emphasized enough. Volunteering on its own exposes you to people of various personality. Many will have opportunities to meet with both influential and everyday people. Don’t stay rigid. Loosen up, approach people, compliment them, get numbers and stay in touch. Build bonds and create friendship. Cultivate friendship through Volunteering. Please note. Not just any type of friends 👉🏻 people with ideas, people with influence.
*Volunteering gives you access to mentors*
Do you have someone that you want to be your mentor, but don’t know how to access him/her, Then volunteer for a cause that the person is passionate or involved in.👉🏻👉🏻 that’s your pass. Volunteering
So many benefits 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
*Volunteering increases socializing*
*Volunteering adds fun to your years*
Volunteering gives you a sense of fulfilment😊😊
The mental happiness and joy that comes from Volunteering can’t be bought. It gives a sense of purpose. I know a lot of people that discovered what they were passionate about while Volunteering.
You know that feeling that an event was successful because you played your role SO well. That feeling lingers on.
Lastly. You can change your life and the lives of others. Don’t overlook the benefits of Volunteering. Embrace them.
Written by Ruth Daniel https://ift.tt/2QSTlKi