Why Is Volunteering Important?
- Created by: Arkeisha B. Keller
Purpose for Volunteering
- Volunteering exposes students to new career possibilities, encourages them to think sympathetically about others, and thus improves their character and social behavior (Cawthorn).
What is Volunteering?
- A person who undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.
- Volunteering is the practice of people working on the behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.
Reasons to Volunteer
- Help others and give back to your community.
- Find a possible career path.
- Acquire valuable work experience..
- Meet new people and form social/business contacts.
- Build self-esteem and confidence.
Ways to Volunteer
- Animal shelters or veterinary offices.
- Environmental organizations.
- Nursing homes or senior citizen centers
- Environmental organizations
Advantages In Volunteering
- Personally and professionally rewarding.
- Makes a difference in the world
- Meeting life-long friends
- Learn and demonstrate leadership skills
How Volunteering Impact K-12 Education?
- Provides each student with the opportunity to see first hand the types of:
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Facts about volunteering
- More than 80% improved self-esteem confidences (Henry).
- More than 70% improved academic performance (Henry).
What is being done to address the issue of volunteering?
- High schools are requiring students to complete a minimum of 60 hours.
- Universities are requiring students to complete a minimum of 100 hours (CMU).
What legislative efforts are being made?
- All universities have made volunteering mandatory in order to graduate.
- Mostly all high schools required volunteer hours before they can receive their diploma
- Employers are hiring more employees based on their community involvement.
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Tips for Volunteering
- How many hours you can do
- When you volunteer you helped change some one’s life for the better. So Get Involved and become active!
- Leege, Lissa. Cawthorn, Michelle. “Environmental Service Learning: Relevant, Rewarding, and Responsible.” J Coll Sci Teach 37 no6 (2008): 32-36.
- Henry, Leon. “School-Based Mentoring: Big Brothers Big Sisters.” Educ Dig 74 no5 (2009): 45-46.
- Bachelor of Social Work Program & Volunteering. Dept. Central Michigan University. March 2008 http://www.chsbs.cmich.edu/social_work/volunteering.html .
- Author Unknown. “Volunteering in your Community.” eCampus Tours. 8 January 2008. http://www.ecampustours.com/campuslife/extracurricularactivity/volunteeringinyourcommunity.htm .
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- Keller, Arkeisha. Flickr Pictures. 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/44147711@N03/ .