THE FOSTER CARE COMMUNITy
Investing time in your community may be more valuable than you think. Volunteering your time to help with even the smallest of tasks can be extremely helpful and rewarding to the organization you are contributing to. Volunteers are much more than a helpful hand; they are a vital piece of an organization, and ultimately, play a great role in achieving goals and supporting the mission of an organization.
“Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.”
The perks of volunteering go both ways - it can impact YOU as much as the cause you are supporting. Volunteering builds empathy and self-esteem, encourages connection with others, and increases levels of happiness.
Often when we think of volunteering, we think about it in terms of the impact it will have on others; however, volunteering typically has just as much, if not more, impact on the volunteer as it does the recipient. In an age where rates of depression and loneliness are at an all-time high, one way to alleviate these could be as simple as giving your time and energy to others. When we take the focus off ourselves and our problems, and focus on others, it often allows us to get a better perspective and have a more positive outlook overall.