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Do Volunteer Work



Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time

Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner wrote in the Harvard Business Review that her research found those who volunteer their time feel like they have more of it. This is similar to other research showing that people who donate to charity feel wealthier.

Said Mogliner:The results show that giving your time to others can make you feel more ‘time affluent’ and less time-constrained than wasting your time, spending it on yourself, or even getting a windfall of free time.

Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills

In my experience, skills-based volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop talents to help you get ahead in your career. In fact, an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review called skills-based volunteering overseas “the next executive training ground.”

At MovingWorlds, we’ve found that skills development in technical and leadership-related areas is the primary reason corporations invest in international skills-based volunteering programs.

Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body

A Corporation for National & Community Service report noted: “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health… those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”

The fact that volunteering has been proven to make you healthier is reason enough to engage in pro bono activities. For more information on this, read “Can Volunteering Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease?”

Volunteering your experience helps build your experience

We consistently see this with highly skilled professionals like investment bankers and business consultants. Also, volunteering in a new industry will give you knowledge to help you switch fields. And if you want to move from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, volunteering first can help prove your commitment.

Beyond our own research, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Next Avenue have published articles about how volunteering can help you earn your next job.

As the Journal wrote:According to the survey of 202 human-resource executives, skilled volunteer work — such as helping a nonprofit with its finances — makes job applicants look more appealing to hiring manager.

Volunteering your love makes you feel more love

Admittedly, love is a hard thing to measure. But when researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile — all factors that increase the feeling of love.


Success stories

miriam vieveen

Dec 20 at 22:09 pm
Every two weeks i trim trees with the Dutch substitute of a ranger.

Austė Diktanaitė

Dec 15 at 00:29 am
blood bank, food shelter

ulrike bauwens

Dec 13 at 21:58 pm
I volunteered as a animator for mentally disabled children.

Rosalind Pingleton

Jan 12 at 17:45 pm
animal shelter

Annabelle Mayhem

Dec 22 at 21:30 pm
it was a great experience for me. I was working as a teacher in cultural center!!

Sharon Hudson

Dec 18 at 16:19 pm
all the time in/for church. and AAA Womens Clinic when I was 18.

Antoinette de Waal

Dec 13 at 12:04 pm
I love volunteering! the best rewards in life is knowing you are selflessly helping without any expectations.

anna grant

Dec 07 at 20:50 pm
volunteered doing art classes for children

Dominique White

Dec 07 at 08:39 am
Underberg, Restmount children's camp.

Nori Nana

Jun 25 at 10:56 am
Charity work

Stephanie Crank

May 19 at 15:57 pm
I do a lot of volunteer work, right now I volunteer as a court appointed special advocate, do about 40 hrs a month.

Emily Masttopaho

May 19 at 14:53 pm

Josefine Mattich

Apr 07 at 09:11 am
Did volunteer work for 3 months as an English teacher in a small village in Thailand


Jan 01 at 21:05 pm
This is the story of how i did Volunteer: So i helped in my Handball club, donate toys to charity!

Karin Trouwborst-de Vries

Dec 31 at 12:03 pm
Natuurouders de Moolhoek

Clair Louise

Nov 05 at 00:48 am
I worked at charity shopsand local news youth club as a volunteer for 5 years

Siru Wallin

Oct 27 at 12:41 pm
I've done this many times.

Diana Croitoriu

Jul 22 at 15:47 pm
4 times

Evita Juanita

Jul 18 at 00:25 am
@ Voedselbank Amstelveen

Balajti Melinda

Feb 12 at 18:13 pm
make the world a better place

Divine Grace Jamili

Jun 14 at 21:52 pm
the last time I volunteered is when the company where I work conduct a feeding program for the Jail inmates.

Susan Zhou

Jun 03 at 00:04 am
When I was primary 5, there was a flag selling day organised by school and I joined it. Selling a flag was hard since not much people was willing to donate but I still tried hard. At the end of the day, I felt very tired but collected a bag full of coins❤️

Jana Tognella

May 05 at 19:46 pm
At Cancer Research UK in Btistol

'Q' Bjorndalen

Apr 27 at 09:08 am
Rainbow youth centre, riders, SCoR

Catalina Sagan

Apr 25 at 23:51 pm
More than 50h in 2015/2016/2017

Grace Pearson

Apr 16 at 18:29 pm

Ine Voordeckers

Apr 16 at 15:16 pm
Playing with kids. Every day in the vacation

Clair Elliott

Apr 16 at 14:44 pm
worked with a local youth club

Samantha Bassett

Mar 18 at 11:45 am
Camp Quality

Yue Tan

Mar 12 at 15:33 pm
Chiang Mai,Thailand.

Cherie Stratton

Mar 12 at 10:19 am

London Leopard

Mar 12 at 09:37 am
I have volunteered 3 times, including abroad

minney canales

Feb 26 at 17:06 pm
I have helped with events from my first year in high school to present day in college. it is always a good experience for me.

Tabby Liles

Feb 24 at 05:45 am
Relay For Life

Judith Dirckx

Feb 23 at 23:33 pm
Leidster in jeugdbeweging van 2005-2010 vrijwilligers werk van 2008-2013 in bejaardentehuis Sterrenbosch in Thorn

Szabó Nikolett

Feb 23 at 01:50 am
In a theater

Naomi Ohayon

Feb 17 at 01:08 am
Vounteer at Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Anne Martin

Feb 09 at 04:16 am
parrainage collectif, enfant soleil, adapte ta vie, Haïti, voyage d'aide humanitaire, comité enfant entraide et enviro plus rêve d'enfants etc. Que de belles expériences! On dit souvent on à pas le temps , mais pourtant le service communautaire devrait être dans nos priorité on devrait oups prendre le temps pour ça

glitter dust

Jan 17 at 15:14 pm
used to help at a dog sanctuary when I was a child

Valene Joshua

Jan 14 at 23:40 pm
still do.

Sonia Algo Algo

Jan 13 at 22:11 pm

Anna Clark

Jan 12 at 13:03 pm
I volunteered at the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food truck. It was a wonderful experience to show people some nifty tricks on the kitchen, and sit down and share a lovely meal together.

Sadhbh Sutton

Jan 11 at 21:10 pm

Kat Stewart

Jan 05 at 00:18 am
fort. & church, & many other places.

Savi Khanal

Jan 04 at 01:15 am
key club, wake tech and many more

Megan Larsen

Jan 03 at 12:39 pm
Volunteered at an animal shelter

Alina Masotti

Dec 30 at 16:31 pm
It humbles you.

Seriaiah Lukowicz

Dec 26 at 04:43 am
Volunteered with my dads work, helping pets get adopted.

Mariana Araujo

Dec 26 at 02:18 am
Participei de vários trabalhos voluntários com um grupo de amigos e assim ajudamos uma creche local

Ana St

Dec 22 at 10:12 am

Esme Maldonado

Nov 28 at 02:33 am
volunteer docent

Jay E

Oct 23 at 21:09 pm
yup yup