Benefits of Volunteering While Out of Work

Article provided by Matt Rhoney

happy-volunteerVolunteer work can be very beneficial for people who are out of work. This might sound strange—why do a job for free when you’re looking for paying work? But it’s true. Volunteering provides many benefits to people who are out of work for a variety of reasons.

And there is a large variety of reasons for people to be out of work. Injuries, lay-offs, retirement, and countless other unique life circumstances can leave a willing worker unable to find a job. If you’re in one of these situations, you might want to consider doing volunteer work.

Volunteering Gets You Out of the House

Being out of work is boring, even depressing. What are going to do all day when you don’t go to work? It’s not like a long vacation. Vacations are fun; you’ve got enough money to afford your leisure plans, and you know you’ve earned your time. Not having a job is not like that at all. You’re probably short on money, and you’ll likely feel depressed about not having a productive place in society.

Volunteering solves some of the problem. You’ll have activities with which to fill your time, and you’ll be offering hard work for a good cause. Review issues which mean something to you personally. Organizations such as Children’s Right Collaborative consider their volunteers “the backbone of their center. Organizations all over are seeking help; you can also help feed the homeless, do community theater, or aid people with developmental disabilities.

Volunteering Helps Your Career

Volunteering might not be paying work, but it can help you find paying work. You might find work or meet people with whom you will one day work. When you volunteer, you’ll develop many things that can aid your career, for instance:

  • Networking. You meet people when you volunteer. Charitable organizations like nonprofits are often short-staffed, and working alongside them might help land you a job. You’ll get a chance to show off your work ethic. You’ll also meet other people in situations similar to yours.
  • Good resume material. Volunteering looks good on your resume. Similar to networking, your volunteer work will give you a chance to demonstrate your skills and ability to work hard for more than just a paycheck. Volunteering makes you good. Employers are happy to find hard-working people who have a sense of ethics.
  • Skills development. Many jobs today require specialized training that can be hard to come by without taking an expensive course. Volunteering can get you good hands-on training for free. You’ll get to practice and find skills that can help you round out that LinkedIn profile.

Volunteering Will Make You Feel Better

In addition to all the above benefits, volunteering will make you feel better. Many people without work report feeling depressed, even ashamed, by their situation. People out of work due to disability or workplace injury, especially, often that that not working makes them feel weak and useless.

When you volunteer, you will feel much better. The good work you do with your choice of organization will no doubt provide good things to your community, raising your self-esteem as well as your esteem in the eyes of others. Volunteers usually report getting great satisfaction out of the experience.

Article provided by Matt Rhoney

 

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