Volunteer Coordinators' Association of Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Individual Benefits

With hectic lifestyles and many competing demands on their time, why are so many Canadians willing to become involved as volunteers?

People volunteer because:

  • they want to feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
  • they like working with people and making new friends.
  • they want to learn new things and build their skills.
  • they know that the community needs them.
  • it’s a great asset to a resume.

What can volunteering do for you?

  • Volunteering can improve your HEALTH, providing a heightened sense of well being.
  • Volunteering can improve your COMMUNICATION ability.
  • Volunteering provides the opportunity to learn new SKILLS.
  • Volunteering can give you a better UNDERSTANDING of people.
  • Volunteering can improve the QUALITY of your life.
  • Volunteering can boost your CAREER options.
  • Volunteering can build your SELF-CONFIDENCE.
  • Volunteering can create more FUN in your life.
  • Volunteering can reinforce your sense of PURPOSE.
  • Volunteering allows you to meet new and interesting people and to forge new FRIENDSHIPS.

What can volunteering do for seniors?

  • Physical activity is key to a long, happy life.
  • Volunteering gives the “helper’s high” and has physiological benefits similar to exercise and yoga.
  • Volunteering with diverse age groups breaks down stereotypes.
  • Volunteering helps you to “use it or lose it”, in other words to retain and build on a lifetime of skills, experiences, and wisdom.
  • Volunteering lets you give back to your community.
  • Volunteering helps you to maintain relationships.

What can volunteering do for young people?

  • Volunteering can offer the opportunity to uncover your talents and abilities.
  • Volunteering can help you to explore career possibilities and learn likes and dislikes.
  • Volunteering enables you to make contacts and build a network.
  • Volunteering allows you to gain self-confidence.
  • Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become more independent.
  • Volunteering allows you to obtain your volunteer hours in order to graduate from school.
  • Volunteering allows you to be involved, make a difference, and ultimately help to make a better world.
  • Volunteering builds skills.