16 January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the US and designated as a National Day of Service. It's a day to both honor the legacy of the civil rights icon and to pay it forward with acts of service to one's own community and causes they hold dear.
Self:Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
Government:Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
Community:Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
#3: You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#1: You make a difference.
Every person counts!(Center for Student Involvement, UC San Diego)
Tips for Getting Started Volunteering
First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do. For example, do I want… …to make it better around where I live …to meet people who are different from me …to try something new …to do something with my spare time …to see a different way of life and new places …to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job …to do more with my interests and hobbies …to do something I’m good at The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.
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