Many organizations, such as our mission driven nonprofit association, thrive on the support of their volunteer workforce. They form the backbone which sets everything into action. Since our volunteers are committed to making positive changes that directly affect people’s lives, they are dedicated to improving the society they live in, at the same time as improving their own lives.
Every person can make a difference; that is why we encourage you to take action in Canadian society by volunteering. You benefit personally from the experience, but so do the people around you from the wonderful things you have to offer.
The most important thing volunteers gain is the opportunity to meet people with whom they have fun. Volunteering is a bit of work, but there’s no reason it cannot also be fun, especially with the personality that is at the foundation of Romanian culture: one that finds amusement even in the harshest of conditions. This familiar cultural background means that volunteers will meet like-minded people with a unique humour and understanding of people. Friendships thrive on similar values, and volunteering at an organisation that promotes the values found in Romanian culture is the perfect way to make longlasting friendships.
Secondly, volunteers build a strong community, which leads to stronger individuals – a virtuous circle. We all heard of the phrase, “by helping others, you help yourself”, but what does it mean? By committing to a greater purpose such as your community, you grow as a person. In turn, your growth becomes a model for the people around you and aids their growth. People can do more together than they can separately; by volunteering, you are enabling yourself and those around you to do more, influencing them to dream more and be more.
“Finding something you are passionate toward and helping the people in that specific community will forever change the way you live your life and give you hope for a stronger, kinder future.”
– Jack Ryger
Furthermore, volunteering is a good way to develop yourself as a person by improving or safely experimenting with something new. For instance, you can discover a hidden talent and improve self-confidence by joining a group of students that focus on tutoring, dancing, marketing, coding, or other activity. You may like organizing events or writing articles and have yet to find out – try it! You can see if you like it in a social and fun environment from which you can turn back without affecting your career development.
On the other hand, some volunteer to grow existing qualities, leadership capabilities and advance their careers. These kinds of people would enjoy more central volunteering positions, such as assistant manager, project coordinator or member of the board, that stretch their creativity, critical thinking and management skills with high stakes. Nevertheless, all volunteering positions create opportunities for developing such skills in different measures.
Whether you are trying something new or deepening what you already learned, volunteering gives your CV a boost with professional experience, a better understanding of people, and exposure working in a team – something companies look for when hiring. At the bare minimum, you can develop yourself to be multidisciplinary – a skill useful in entrepreneurship and management.
Another useful element in entrepreneurship and life in general is having a developed professional and social network, which can be gained through volunteering. Entering a new environment, you automatically meet new people that you interact with, whether they are co-volunteers, company representatives, or event attendees. This builds your resilience to changing situations as well as your acquaintances. Relationships then lead to more and greater opportunities; social gatherings, possible business ventures, etc. that benefit you and your network in the long run.
“Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.”
A balanced life is important if you care about your physical and mental health, which is what volunteering helps contribute to. Sadly, despite all of the social networks available at the touch of a button, people are lonelier now than ever before. Volunteering can turn that around; helping people enables us to express a sense of purpose, have fun, reduce stress and improve health, making us stronger as individuals.
So be a role model in your community – volunteer and see the differences that arise internally and around you. Your self-perception will change positively and you will also influence the people around you to be more.
You give something special to the society we are all a part of: your time, commitment, and efforts to support each other and beautify the community.
Ultimately, we are shaping our lives, sharing knowledge, and improving our futures.
The time to take action is now. Click here to see how.