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“One reason I volunteer is because it feels good to know that I am making a difference in the community, no matter how big or small. From volunteering I have become more aware of issues facing our community and its gives me a desire to help those in need.” - LeAnna Stanely, a Middle Level Education Major
Volunteering creates positive and proactive results in the community, nation and world. Yet beyond the mere “feel good” nature of volunteering lies personal, physical and professional benefits as well.It tells prospective employers that you are a team player, that you care about the community and that you can take initiative and solve problems. Community Service experience is now being required by many graduate schools,including law schools and medical schools. According to UnitedHealthCare’s “Do Good Live Well” study volunteering…
- 96% of Americans agree that volunteering makes people happier.
- 94% of companies surveyed believed employee volunteering provides a way to raise employee morale.
- 92% of people who volunteer through their workplace report higher rates of physical and emotional health.
Provides Skill Development
- 88% of employee volunteers report volunteering provides networking/career development opportunities.
Increases Career Options and Employee Loyalty
- 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
- 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills.
- 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.
- 66% of employees reported a greater commitment to the company as a result of their experience volunteering.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”