Spending time helping others through volunteering can have just as many, if not more benefits than your 9-5 gig. Here’s how:
Tangible End Product
Many of us work at jobs where we provide services instead of producing a physical product. Volunteering to clean a park, paint a mural, or staff an event means that at the end of the day, you can stand back and say, “I helped do that.” That type of productivity can fill an unmet need for those whose days are filled with phone calls and reports.
Your day job takes a lot out of you and can leave little time for self-reflection. Focusing your mind on tasks that help others can spark moments of creativity, help you get past mental blocks and reduce stress. All of which, make you better at your day job.
Hello, Dream Job
Most non-profits are happy to train their volunteers. Assisting a charity builds up your skill set and allows you to meet and collaborate with key people in various industries. Those relationships can lead to mentorships or job offers. Forbes.com reports that more than 1 million members of the professional website LinkedIn have added charity work to their profiles.
Interested in volunteering? Try nycservice.org. You can search opportunities by zip code or area of interest.
What kind of volunteer work would you like to do?