At Fortune Marketing we believe in giving back, this is part of our values and philosophy. To give your time and energy to your community through volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations, charity or other means does so much to help those in need and contribute to the common good. You can give back in different ways, by giving money or giving your time. No matter how you do it, giving back to your community will touch many people’s lives. Whether it’s volunteering at a local event, helping a neighbour or making a monetary donation, it’s not the act that matters. Even the smallest good deed can ignite change and positively impact the community by providing a renewed sense of hope. At Fortune Marketing this is where we draw our energy and strength of character – with the support of our valued clients – who in turn support us as we look to make some small difference. We are very grateful and will continue to do what we can to make a difference in people’s lives.
Here are 7 More Reasons to Volunteer:
- Develop new skills. Gaining skills, knowledge and expertise are common side effects of volunteering. Giving others your time brings you interesting and challenging opportunities that might not come along otherwise. This experience can be added to your resume and could result in a better paying job in the future.
- Make social connections. Loneliness and boredom are common among retirees, students, and transplants to a new city. Volunteering can relieve this sense of social isolation and help you fill empty hours in the day.
- Give back to your community. Doing something for the community you live in and returning the favor to those who have helped you are strong motivators. Everyone, rich or poor, takes from society, and volunteering is one way to show a sense of appreciation.
- Develop and grow as a person. Volunteering is an excellent way to explore your likes and dislikes. If you're interested in a new career, volunteer in the field first to see if you will actually like it. You may find a totally unrelated field is a much better fit for you, one you'd never consider if you hadn't volunteered there first.
- Gain a new perspective. Life can be hard and when you're feeling down, your problems can seem insurmountable. Volunteering can offer a new perspective—seeing people who are worse off than you are, yet still hanging in there, can help you see your life in a whole new light.
- Know that you're needed. Feeling needed and appreciated are important, and you may not get that appreciation from your paid work or home life where the things you do are expected or taken for granted. When you volunteer, you realize just how much you are truly needed. Meeting people who need your help is a strong incentive to continue— people are depending on you. If you don't do it, who will?
- Boost your self-esteem. Many volunteers experience a sense of increased self-esteem and greater self-worth. Helping others makes you feel good about yourself, because you're doing something for someone that they couldn't do for themselves. Research has shown that the good feelings you experience when helping others may be just as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. But it's the smile from a child or thankful person that shows you're really making a difference in someone's life. And that's the greatest feeling in the world.