We think volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your community! Social Good Connect celebrates volunteering in all its forms. Community volunteering allows you to give back in your own neighbourhood, meaning that you might see benefits come your way along with those who you are directly helping.
How does volunteering benefit your community? Let’s take a look at three ways volunteering can help out.
Nowadays, it can really feel like no one knows anyone any longer. Whilst you might have lived in your community for several years, do you feel like a part of it? Many of us can feel disconnected and disenfranchised from where we live.
This is where community volunteering can be the answer. By choosing to engage with projects and good causes that directly benefit your local community, you have a brilliant chance to meet the people you live and work beside. If you feel like you don’t know anyone in your local area, this could be the perfect way to get started. Just have a search for “ways to volunteer in my community” to get started.
We believe a connected community is a happy community. Setting up support networks is of vital importance and can help to boost the wellbeing of everyone who lives there. Having a wide range of support to fall back on means that there is always somewhere for vulnerable members of that community who need help.
There is no denying the feel-good factor that comes from volunteering. Even the smallest of opportunities can bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Knowing that you are giving back to the community and helping where it is needed the most can help to boost your self-esteem and give you a real sense of purpose. Research from Nottingham Trent University showed that volunteering improved the wellbeing of both the recipients and the volunteers during the pandemic. You might not think that community volunteering can help your mental wellbeing, but helping other people can give you a real boost.
For example, you could sign up for a befriending program for the elderly that only requires you to dedicate 30 minutes of your time each week to a phone call. This might be next to nothing for you, but it could be the highlight of your week for the elderly person you are speaking with!
What does volunteering do for the community? Quite simply, it gets the help that is needed most to where it is meant to be. Each cause will target a specific issue within the community. Find a cause that you are passionate about and put your strengths to good use with a helping hand.
Remember, you can help in the smallest of ways! Want to spend some time in the fresh air? See if there is a community garden that you can help to maintain. Love cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Pitch in with cooking lessons. Know your way around a spreadsheet? There might be some IT classes that you could assist with.
When it comes to community volunteering, you can really think outside the box and find an opportunity that suits you. With our search-and-match app, SAM, you can search for volunteering opportunities that suit your passions, skills, and interests.
Our search-and-match app makes finding the right employee volunteering opportunity as easy as 1, 2, 3! From individual opps to group roles that let your whole team get involved, we can help you support your local communities in ways you would never have imagined.
Let us help you connect with your local community through volunteering!
Caroline has made it her life’s work to help people make more meaningful decisions to support their communities and she’s learned some golden nuggets along the way!
So, join Caroline each week for her ‘Thursday Thoughts’ on all things people, planet, philanthropy or purpose all served with sprinkle of fun (but unfortunately no prosecco) to inspire you.