It’s National Volunteer Week, which means we’re thanking the 12.5 million volunteers who choose to dedicate their time and talents to their communities. Volunteers make a huge difference in Canada. For example, VHA volunteers give caregivers a much deserved rest, allowing them to take care of themselves and be better able to care for their loved one. Becoming a volunteer not only benefits your community but can also benefit you by:
- Building relationships. Being a volunteer can be a very social experience. You get to meet all sorts of different people, work with others and make new friends.
- Learning new skills. When volunteering you are often exposed to new experiences or asked to do things you might not have done before. You get to learn new things and maybe discover something you really enjoy.
- Boosting your self esteem. Helping others and knowing that you’re making a difference can make you feel good about yourself and brighten your mood.
- Developing hobbies or interests. If you have a hobby or interest that you love, why not volunteer for something that nurtures that hobby? You get to do something you enjoy and help others at the same time.
- Helping your career. Skills that you learn through volunteering can help you at your job. It can even influence employers to hire you since volunteer work shows commitment and dedication.
Inspiring others. When you volunteer you can inspire those around you to take initiative and make a difference.
VHA is always looking for volunteers! Learn more about our available volunteer opportunities here.