Help Yourself by Helping Others
Volunteering: How can I make a difference?
The problems of the world, or even your community, might seem gigantic. Unfortunately, they often are. You might even feel like there's no point trying to do anything. Honestly, how can one young person really make a dent in everything that needs to be done out there?
Well, think about standing in a completely dark room with no lamps or light switches. You light a candle, and suddenly there's a little light, and the darkness doesn't seem quite as bad. Then, slowly, people join you, until there are a hundred people with a hundred candles. Now the room is bright-and the darkness is gone!
Volunteering is like this. One single person, like one candle, can make a difference. If a whole bunch of "ones" gather together to work on the same problem, they can make it better-or even go away. Every person is important, and every person can do some good. Like you!
There are many benefits to volunteering in the community! Here
are just a few:
Build Your Skills and Your Resume
Community work is a great way to build your resume and your skills. When you volunteer, you'll have the guidance of employees who are specialists in their fields. And because we partner with more than 200 community organizations, it should be easy for us to help you find an organization where you can develop the skills you seek.
Develop a Career Network
Networking is an incredibly important part of searching for jobs and building careers. Community involvement is one of the best ways to make connections and foster relationships that do just that. Not only will you build a network, many students who volunteer at an organization are offered permanent positions after graduation.
Enhance Your Education
One of the best ways to learn is through experience. What better way to gain experience than to work at an organization hand-picked to fit your needs and interests? Many educational experiences can't be taught in a classroom.
Create Positive Change in Your Community
Nonprofit organizations are the driving force behind social change. Everything from local, grassroots activism to international politics requires the efforts of nonprofit organizations. And nonprofits can't function without the energy and input of volunteers like you.
Be a Part of Your Community
Community involvement is one of the best ways to feel connected to your community. There are many diverse communities surrounding the U of M campus—the best way to learn about them is to become a part of them. And by the simple gesture of offering your skills and enthusiasm, you will positively impact other lives, as well as your own.
It feels good to be able to meet a need like that. You'll know that, thanks to you, some kids have warm coats, hats, mittens, and boots. So whether it's winter clothes, food for the hungry, or homes for unwanted pets, doing volunteer work means one very important thing: You make a difference in the world. So where do you start? HERE!