A big part of our mental well-being is feeling of value to the world. Our authentic self wants to live life with purpose that makes a positive impact on others. One way to do that is by volunteering.
There are so many needs in a community that can be met with just an extra pair of hands. From walking dogs at an animal shelter to mowing the grass of a disabled homeowner, there are many opportunities for making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Even using 5 minutes a week to take the trash out to the curb for pickup would mean so much to an elderly neighbor who struggles to lift small objects.
Volunteering not only fulfills a sense of purpose but also provides a chance for personal and professional growth. Organizing charity events builds planning and leadership skills. Volunteering as a receptionist at a free clinic develops communication and customer service skills. Being a mentor in an afterschool program prepares you for relating to children as a school teacher, pediatrician, or social worker.
Are you not sure you will have time to volunteer? Some businesses provide employee volunteer programs, also known as corporate volunteer programs. That's right! Your employer may provide a benefit program where you can volunteer at a non-profit during work hours. It is considered to be volunteer paid time off, completely separate from your regular paid time off.
So, if you are feeling the drive to make a difference, you can! Whether it is knitting scarves for the homeless, picking up trash at the local park, or helping your nephew with his math homework, try volunteering. We need you more than you know.
Kelly Nembhard is a certified health coach, Reiki therapist, crystal healer, and aromatherapist with experience as a clinical research professional and developmental biologist. She currently lives in Durham, NC.
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