There are a number of reasons why people choose to volunteer.
For some it provides an opportunity to:
- give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either
directly or indirectly
- make a difference to the lives of others
- help the environment
- help others less fortunate or without a voice
- feel valued and part of a team
- spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- gain confidence and self-esteem.
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change as volunteering can be a way of:
- gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- developing existing skills and knowledge
- enhancing a CV
- improving one’s employment prospects
- gaining an accreditation
- using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (can be known as pro bono).
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- meeting new people and making new friends
- a chance to socialise
- getting to know the local community.
Regardless of the motivation to volunteer, what unites all of the reasons is volunteers find volunteering both challenging and rewarding.