Volunteering makes you feel as if you have more time?
Yes, it’s true. Just like donating money makes you feel wealthier. Cassie Mogilner, professor at Wharton states: “The results show that giving your time to others can make you feel more ‘time affluent’ and less time-constrained than wasting your times, spending it on yourself, or even getting a windfall of free time.”
Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills?
Skills based volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop talents that help you get ahead in your career. There’s an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review called skills-based volunteering overseas “the next executive training ground.” Mark Horoszowski, CEO of MovingWorlds.org, has found that skills development in technical and leadership-related areas is the primary reason corporations invest in skills-based volunteering programs.
Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body?
A Corporation for National & Community Service report noted: “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.” So, the fact that volunteering has been proven to make you healthier is reason enough to engage in pro bono activities.
Volunteering your experience helps build your experience?
This is seen consistently with high skilled professionals like investment bankers and business consultants. Volunteering in a new industry also gives you knowledge to help you switch fields so if you want to move from
the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, volunteering first can help prove your commitment. From The Wall Street Journal: “According to a survey of 202 human resource executives, skilled volunteer work – such as helping a nonprofit with its finances – makes job applicants look more appealing to hiring managers.”
Volunteering your love makes you feel more love?
Admittedly, love is a hard thing to measure. But, when researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy strengthens social bonds and makes you smile – all factors that increase the feeling of love.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali
Mark Horoszowski is a contributor at Next Avenue (Part of PBS, Next Avenue’s daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age) and CEO of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform helping people volunteer their skills around the world whose mission is to support social impact organizations that are solving last-mile challenges and have great potential to create jobs.