All you hear about is the recession. Every time you turn on the news, you hear bad news. Unemployment is at it’s highest in years, too many foreclosures to count, wall street doing horribly. It’s hard to keep your head above water financially and your mood positive during these times. But there is one sure way to help both your mood and others- Volunteer.
During these tough financial times we are seeing a rise in volunteering. If you have thought about volunteering before but just never had the chance; now is the time. Here are some great reasons why volunteering works to boost your mind, spirit and the economy.
1. It helps us feel good emotionally. It raises our spirits when we help others. Altruism is proven to be one of the factors that makes us happier. The more we help others the better we feel. It’s a win-win situation. The more optimistic we are the longer we live. There are so many benefits for us emotionally and mentally when we help others.
2. It gives us a sense of purpose. Someone needs you. I have interviewed many moms who are going thru “empty nest” and volunteering helped them thru the process.
3. Resume Booster – if you are unemployed due to the economy or you are deciding to go back to work after having kids, volunteering works. You can always put volunteer work on your resume. Try to volunteer at an organization that will allow you to do the type of work you eventually want to get paid for. It will help freshen up your skills.
4. Networking – Volunteering will help you meet people. I have seen many moms who started volunteering just to meet other moms. If you are moving to a new state, it’s a way to meet others. It’s also great way to network if you are looking for a job. I have been told by many moms that their volunteer jobs have turn into permanent full time paid positions.
5. Role Model – what a great way to be a good role model for your kids. They will see how important it is to help others, to have a sense of community and how good it makes you and others feel. Get your kids involved. Kids can learn to respect others while gaining a good sense of self. Volunteering also teaches empathy skills, kindness, caring, warmth and respect for others. Moms and kids have volunteered for meals for wheels dropping off the food together – a good way to spend quality time together while helping others.