The Power of Volunteering In Needy Communities
Want to make this world a better place, but don’t know how to get started? You do not need to invent something new or invest in something very big. The easiest way to make this world a better place is by volunteering.
Nothing big is needed to start volunteering; smaller steps can lead to great success. Whether you take time out to help at local animal shelters, start a food drive for hungry people, start teaching kids living in underprivileged areas for free, raising money for charity, or any other volunteering task for the betterment of society could be a great initiative.
Most of us want to volunteer because we want to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and we all know volunteering can make a difference. Volunteering makes us more connected to others, the way they feel, the way they bear the pain, the way they face problems, and many more things that are ordinary for other people. Volunteering gives us a chance to make society a better place to live in, to help underprivileged people to win challenges they are facing in a better way, to help them feel that they are also an integral part of society as privileged people.
Volunteering is a Two Way Street in which you give and get benefits, you helps them pass the harsh time they are going through, you are also doing better for yourself by giving you a chance to expand your network, boost your skills, andit improves your overall health. What else can describe volunteering best “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson
Volunteers can eradicate; poverty, hunger and homelessness from society, improve basic health and education, provide a safe water supply, adequate sanitation, and other environmental issues underprivileged people are facing. There are so many people living in underprivileged areas and volunteers can benefit them with the skills, time, and energy they have to bring change to the community. Volunteers can teach them to make them familiar with basic education to bring change in their mentality and abilities and give them a chance to grow. There are many things we take for granted and are of great consideration for underprivileged people.
Volunteers are motivated by the values such as justice, equality, and freedom of expression for everyone. A society which encourages volunteerism also promotes the well-being of their citizens. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people volunteer globally and most of them are serving their own countries.
Volunteers are making their governments more responsive and accountable to their citizens. They work with the government and civil societies to hold those in power to account and represent the voice of those who are often taken for granted and are left out of developmental decisions such as women, underprivileged people, and marginalized people. It’s an act of serving selflessly on behalf of others without thinking about financial benefits and gains.
Volunteering builds safer communities
We need to empathize more to make our community strong and we can prevent violence and crime through communication and empathy. Volunteerism can have a direct effect on public safety. Running a home for underprivileged people is far more difficult than making one. Because a good team of volunteers is needed to make those shelters a better place to live. A lot more power is required to do this and only volunteers can make this happen with their effort.
They can run food drives, raise money by doing different activities and teach them for free to have them access to free basic education. Volunteers spare their time for the people who need them, people who are helpless and need love. It is always easy to earn money but more difficult to make a difference. Helping others helps us find ourselves better; we can see a different and better version of ourselves. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Benefits of volunteering for volunteers
- Improves mental health
- Boost self-esteem
- Helps to expand the network by meeting people
- Helps in stress reduction
- Teach employability skills
- Spread happiness and improve the overall health
- Helps in finding better us