If you take a moment of your time to search out the benefits of volunteering, you will find pages and pages of quotes and research from famous people, unknowns, and community services all supporting the numerous benefits of volunteering.
Research has shown that volunteering boosts employee moral and productivity on a group scale, and can have equally impressive results on an individual level and in the community. The health benefits of caring for others doesn't stop at volunteering. Charitable donations, small acts of kindness, and living a life of joy with the attitude of "paying it forward" can have a profound effect on your overall health and wellness.
If you are new to volunteering, start small and start with something that matters to you personally. If you like kids or are an avid reader, maybe a community story time is right for you. Have you ever struggled with cash flow or ever gone hungry? Maybe volunteering at a shelter or food bank is right for you.
As with all undertakings, make sure you are mentally and physically fit to perform these actions and always practice proper personal safety.
10 Quick Start Volunteer Ideas:
1. Community Story Time 2. Soup Kitchen or Food Bank
3. Local animal shelter or rescue organization 4. Beach cleanup
5. Mentoring 6. Charity 5K/10K/Marathon
7. Ask nursing home residents about their lives 8. Coach a Youth League
9. Start a butterfly garden in your backyard 10. Volunteer at a police station or firehouse
or in your community
Coach's Tip: make the most of your volunteering and keep a journal of your experiences that you can use for personal reflection.