Giving back

The value of volunteering

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This week we’re celebrating National Volunteers Week.

Running from May 21-27 the theme of the week is Give a little, Change a lot.

At Balance, we believe volunteering is a core part of our society. Countless small organisations and charities could not survive without the support of volunteers. Local sports clubs, library activities, community welfare groups, youth groups, clean-up campaigns, disaster-relief, the list is endless.

 

Find out more about Volunteers Week visit  https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw/

Are you looking to volunteer but not sure where to start? Here are some simple suggestions:

  • Visit your local council website for volunteer requirements
  • Local church groups
  • Go Volunteer (an initiative of Volunteers Australia)
  • Local charities (St Vincent de Paul, Endeavour Foundation, Smith Family etc)
  • Support groups (Lifeline, Carer Support, Disability Support etc)

Volunteering can help make a meaningful and positive impact in your community. It has been proven to improve not only the lives of others, but your own life as well. HelpGuide.org says that the benefits of volunteering are:

  • It helps you make new friends and contacts
  • It increases your social and relationship skills
  • It increases self-confidence
  • It combats depression
  • It helps you stay physically healthy
  • It can provide career experience
  • It can teach you valuable job skills
  • It brings fun and fulfilment to your life.

The time you contribute to volunteering can be large or small. Don’t be deterred by thinking you have to commit to a permanent arrangement. Organisations need volunteers in everything from teaching English, office administration, warehouse work to deliveries, gardening and home maintenance.

Read more about volunteering and about some of the causes our special guests support using the links below;

46.5 billion reasons why you should volunteer

Volunteer For Disability can you help?

Vinnies boss: The value of volunteering

Will you help a sister and buy a ticket to the life-changing MadHatters ball?

A guide to giving; tap into the power of kindness

Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.

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