We live in such a fast-paced world, that any free time is precious and fleeting. So, why take time out of your already long, exhausting schedule to volunteer? The answer to that question is sentimental and emotional, but also very true. The work is hard, and it’s busy, but it’s meaningful and rewarding. There are so many ways to get involved, so many organizations trying to address need. It certainly benefits others, provides food and other services to those in need. But aside from these things, what do you get out of volunteering?
Well, if you’re applying for jobs, having a volunteer position on your resume is always an asset; it shows community involvement, and also that you care. High school requires that a minimum of 40 volunteer hours are completed in order to graduate. Volunteering also enables you to find your passion; there are so many options, so many organizations to get involved with and a variety of job requirements, so you are able to choose an area that you’re passionate about and dedicate your time to it. Furthermore, it’s not a full-time commitment; because these organizations require a lot of volunteers, they are grateful for every single one and every hour that volunteer has available. You can only do one event out of the year? That’s perfectly acceptable. You have an hour or two free one day out of the week? That’ll do just fine. There’s more flexibility, and the organizations are always appreciative of the time their volunteers dedicate.
Ultimately, volunteering will change your outlook; it will make you more compassionate, more personable, more aware of the state of the world and more grateful for the state of yours. If you are positive, willing to work, and open-minded, it will be a very good experience. At the JRCC, we are always looking to forge new relationships, with volunteers and with donors – if there is any way that you want to get involved, please contact us at 416-222-7105 x248.