Consider Volunteering This Year
Volunteering is a great way to learn compassion for others and to give back to society in a meaningful way. Spending time helping others in soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, hospitals, health clinics, and the like will help you gain a greater sense of the people in need within your community. This experience will also help you build your resume, learn new skills, and foster new relationships, all of which are essential traits to master in the career world.
Build Your Resume
Volunteering is a great way to build your resume because, as a student, you will have little work history upon which to reflect. Volunteering will show a new employer that you are compassionate, dedicated, and willing to go above and beyond to help people in need.
Prospective employers look favorably on volunteering and the experience will give you something to discuss during your interview.
Give Back to Society
By giving back to society, you are helping someone in need. When you help someone in need, you make a human connection that leaves a long lasting impression on both you and the other person. It’s a win win situation!
Learn New Skills
Volunteering can help you gain useful skills such as planning, organization, time management, gold setting and problem solving. These are all valuable skills to learn now and utilize in your future career.
Foster New Relationships
Volunteering, by its very nature, brings people together. Meeting people from different backgrounds and various walks of life will enhance your interpersonal skills, such as communication and interaction with others. The relationships you form will have a lasting impression for years to come. An incredible networking opportunity will develop with the people you encounter which might just help you land the career of your dreams.
Where to Volunteer
There are many places that need volunteers and listed below are some of the most notable volunteering organizations. • The Humane Society of the United States<
- The American Red Cross
- Habitat for Humanity
- United Way
- Ronald McDonald House
- American Lung Association
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Hospice Foundation of America
- The Salvation Army
- Peace Corp
- Make a Wish Foundation
- U.S. National Park Service
- National Zoo