“Service Leads To Success” Volunteering Can Empower You as well as the PEOPLE you Impact” by Mrs. Maine American Coronet Shawn Cunningham

“Service Leads To Success” Volunteering Can Empower You as well as the PEOPLE you Impact”

Volunteering is the act of providing a service to help others. It’s a great way for you to connect to the broader community while gaining valuable experience in a wide variety of settings. On a societal level you can help those in need and create a more cohesive community. On an individual level you gain personal satisfaction, the chance to develop personal and professional skills, and a sense of belonging to the greater community.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re volunteering:

  • Be aware of your environment. Remember you are a visitor and are there to help. The agency may have specific ways of interacting and getting things done.
  • Find out about an agency’s history. The more you know about an organization and the clientele it serves, the more effective you will be.
  • Establish a contact person. Know who will be working on a project with you and have a phone number in case you need to reach them.
  • Follow a work ethic. Remember your commitment to the agency.

Most agree that leadership is a skill that can be developed through education, training, and experience. You may have gotten some leadership experience through clubs/organizations, playing on a sports team, working as a supervisor, volunteering, tutoring, or completing a group project.

Some skill sets that effective leaders develop from volunteering include:

  • Communication – written and verbal
  • Ethical decision making/leading with integrity
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Goal setting/creating a vision
  • Self-awareness
  • Motivating others
  • Managing conflict
  • Understanding differences
  • Working as part of a team

Whether it is a child who needs tutoring, an elderly man who could use assistance within his home, severely ill patients who need meals delivered, or individuals seeking shelter from an abusive relationship…there are many people in your local community who could use a helping hand.

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