Volunteers are the heart and soul of CHR and are involved in all of our programs. Our volunteers are a diverse group of individuals that bring to our organization a wide range of experience, talent, and energy. The support of volunteers and their dedication to our work has helped our organization to grow and helped our participants to succeed. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at CHR, contact our helpful and grateful staff at 843-461-4305. Thank you!
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer:
Learn or develop a new skill
Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” It is never too late to learn new skills and there is no reason why you should stop adding to your knowledge just because you are employed or have completed your education. Planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning, and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills. These are examples of skills that can enhance a career but you don’t have to develop skills with the intention of facilitating your career. Painting a mural or making banners for International Volunteer Day – to celebrate the wonderful and priceless work that volunteers do – could gently push you to discover graphics and art talents. Explore your love for music and learn to DJ (disc jockey) so you can offer your newfound panache to local youth clubs. The possibilities are endless.
Be part of your community
No man or woman is an island. We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. People and societies co-depend on each other for survival but growth of such things as commercialism are seeing traditional values being disregarded. Communities are suffering due to the growth of secular societies but at the same time we can really bridge that expanding gap through volunteering. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s well-being. What better way is there to connect with your community and give a little back? As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society offers you.
Motivation and sense of achievement
Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy, and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others. Volunteers predominantly express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your desire and enthusiasm to help. Sometimes volunteers are regarded as “do-gooders,” and those that hold that view also assume that one person can never make a difference. It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what you can do is make that little corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.
People pay attention to your life outside the environment in which they have direct contact with you. For example, your employer would be interested in the activities that gives you a good work-life balance, just as academic institutions are interested in your extra-curricular activities. Volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of you, and gives real examples of your commitment, dedication, and interests. Show people what you are passionate about and you will inspire them too!