Although we all want to volunteer for altruistic reasons, it is human nature that we also need to "get something back" from a service experience. SERVICE can be viewed as an EXCHANGE. As we give of our time and talents, we receive personal benefits as well.
Benefits of Service
- Personal - Use service opportunities to:
- Practice self-discovery;
- Explore your values and place in the world;
- Expand your education by making connections between your classes and the "real world";
- Challenge yourself.
- Social - Use the group settings of service opportunities to:
- Feel needed, connected and like you are contributing;
- Share your knowledge and expertise with others while learning from them;
- Meet and make new friends;
- Foster deeper bonds with team members and friends.
- Charitable - Get a good feeling from:
- Lending a hand to those in need;
- Taking an active part in your community's well-being;
- Making an impact on others' lives, as well as your own;
- Helping to combat social injustice.
- Vocational - Get more out of volunteering than the good-will!
- Build your resume with experiences that employers covet.
- Learn and develop job and interpersonal skills.
- Make career contacts and network.
- Explore new fields and interests with freedom.
- Gain future job experience.
Learn more about Career Development Through Service here.