See immediate results
Oftentimes the jobs we work are far removed from the results that they contribute to. In volunteering there is almost always an immediate connection to a tangible result. Some projects are with small groups working on neighborhood issues. Others may be for a local project of a nationwide nonprofit. Every volunteer opening is tied to a real need in the community, with the chance to see your work translate to a real impact in the lives around you.
Make new friends
Volunteering means working with other passionate individuals giving their time for a good cause. That means you will end up meeting many folks with a shared interest. This makes for a fun and exciting atmosphere, especially when volunteers work together to plan projects.
Often, this camaraderie will continue long after a volunteer project is done, leading to lasting friendships.
With a busy work, school or family schedule, it can be hard to manage stress--but volunteering actually helps alleviate it. The reward of choosing to do selfless work makes volunteering profoundly satisfying.
These health benefits can continue long-term. Possibly because of its stress-lowering qualities, volunteer work has been shown to reduce depression and even promote longevity.
Gain valuable experience
The skills you learn volunteering can come in handy in the workplace or at home. Volunteer projects often teach organizing and team-building skills, and many opportunities will train specific skills beyond that, from technology to creative arts.
Ready to get started? All for Good offers plenty of opportunities in New York. Take a look at the openings below and see which ones are right for you!