In this season of giving, leaders should lead by example, finding time to volunteer in their communities. Here’s why.
This is the time of year when many people get involved in their communities by volunteering. Being in leadership roles, it is important we lead by example in our places of employment and our communities by volunteering.
With busy lives it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are huge to you and your community. In the United States, an estimated 83.9 million adults volunteer and their contributions are worth an estimated $239 billion to those they help.
I volunteer in my community and know the benefits firsthand. As a matter of fact, there are benefits to volunteering you may not even realize. Here are a few:
If you don’t volunteer, but have wanted to get involved in a cause you believe in, the opportunity is there. Only a few hours a month can make a difference.
Where do you find volunteer opportunities? There are organizations such as Rotary, Optimist International, Lions Club, and Kiwanis International, to name a few. Look at community theaters, museums, libraries, senior centers, churches, sports teams, after school programs, and animal shelters.
When looking for the right volunteer opportunity, consider these questions:
Yes, there a myriad of volunteer opportunities which will allow you to make a difference in your little corner of your community - while also helping yourself.