Five Benefits Of Becoming A


Published: Monday, 25 April 2022

Published: Monday, 25 April 2022

Acts of selflessness don’t have to be grand gestures, or involve donating sums of money. In fact, one of the greatest feelings of gratification comes from donating one’s time to the community. Volunteering is a meaningful way to contribute to making the lives of others just a little better.


It could be done by donating your time to helping out with kids art programs, or perhaps helping build housing for the less fortunate. Regardless of where you choose to dedicate your resources, there is no doubt that being a volunteer benefits everyone.


Beyond helping your community and the good feeling that comes with acts of selflessness, are there other benefits that come with volunteering? Yes, here are five!


Using your hobbies


Whether it is gardening, writing, or tinkering with electronics, we all have something that we’re good at that we relegate to our spare time. Why not contribute your knowledge and teach others what you know? Many communities have organizations and  programs that seek out volunteer instructors to teach kids and adults alike.


These programs are great initiatives to provide members of the community with alternative activities, learn crafts, and become inspired. It’s also a great way to share your passions and contribute to the enrichment of others.


Gaining knowledge


Volunteering is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone. Many organizations are willing to train people to help out in certain areas, and volunteering could be a great way to open up your skillset. Whether it’s working with the public, planting a garden, or working in a planning role, volunteer positions can help you develop your knowledge.


Maybe there’s something you’ve wanted to try for a while. Every city has a diverse array of non-profits. Inquiring about ways you can help in could develop into life-long passions. A long-term commitment could even help you become an expert!


Advancing your career


For those just starting their career journey this might be the most important benefit of becoming a volunteer. While many non-profits are happy to train people for open roles, they also seek out people with particular skillsets to help them out.


Whether you’ve trained in graphic design, animation, or as a clothing designer, there will likely be opportunities in your community to help you apply your skills, make valuable contributions, and add some extra experience to your resume.


Employers value workers who contribute. It can show them that you’re not only willing to gain experience, but that you have passion as well. 


Meeting people in your community


Arts communities are often small and tightly knit, and it can be challenging to get to know people. Volunteering can be a great way to make connections with other artists, curators, and gallery directors.


An often overlooked benefit of volunteering is the social impact it can have on the place you live. It’s an opportunity to meet people and bond over shared values and common interests. It can even help you build your interpersonal skills.


Think of the arts organizations in your community. Many of them are non-for-profits, and rely on the help of volunteers. Contributing within these spaces can help grow your sense of pride within your neighbourhood and develop a social network with those around you—especially if you are new to the community!


Boost your self-esteem


Volunteering is a fun and meaningful way to break up your routine. It can be a great way to relieve the stresses of school, and keep your mind and body healthy. This can be especially true if your work keeps you in the studio all day. Being a volunteer can be a great way to commit to being outdoors, or it can at least get you out of the house.


When it comes to volunteering, the sky really is the limit. If you like animals, try contacting your local animal shelter to see if they have any positions for dog walkers. If you would like to work with children, there may be options with your local Boys and Girls Clubs.


Volunteering is a fulfilling activity that can help you get your mind off the everyday stress, and knowing you’ve contributed to improving your community is its own reward.


Use your passion


With all the ways in which we can make our communities a better place, few are as rewarding as becoming a volunteer. Not only does it give you the satisfaction of knowing that your actions are helping to enrich the lives of others, it also allows you to have a direct impact on the work being done.


You can contribute numerous ways. It’s important to find something that you feel passionate about.  There are often opportunities in the arts community. Reach out to your local arts organizations, or if there is a specific organization you would like to work with, you can contact them directly.


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