Three Unique Benefits of Volunteering

Everyone knows that volunteering is a positive way to spend your time. You’re doing something positive for a person or cause that really needs the help, which in turn makes you feel good. It’s a win-win for everyone, right? Did you know that there are actually a lot of scientifically proven benefits, too? Take a look at these three unique benefits, you may be inspired to sign up today! 1) It’s a great networking opportunity. When you help a charitable cause or organization, you’re rarely in it alone. It’s more likely that you’ll be working alongside others, chatting and even [...]

Community Service: The Backbone of America

At just 6-years old, one of America’s greatest minds stood on a Boston street in 1736 peering through a thick haze of smoke and ash to watch in shock as a raging inferno obliterated everything in its path. Lacking the manpower, equipment, and skill set, the townspeople were helpless. They watched, wide-eyed and trembling. By days end, roughly 100 homes were decimated. People clamored for an answer. The little boy, who Americans later learned was the famous inventor Benjamin Franklin, had an answer: community service. He introduced the first all-volunteer fire department to combat future fires, and in doing so, [...]

The Nature Of Volunteerism

Deep inside all of us is an innate longing to help others. We see it daily, but if you blink, you may miss it. Kind acts are not always sexy, and therefore are not always front page headlines. But there is no denying the power of volunteerism. But why is volunteering so important? The answer is simple: volunteering is in our nature. Psychologists recently identified six different motives that underlie volunteerism: prosocial, belonging, self enhancement, self-protective, developmental, and career. Like a good cup of coffee that gets you out of bed in the morning, these motives get volunteers working. One [...]

Spring Into Action With An Alternative Spring Break

Spring break is approaching and if you’re ready for a new experience, YRNO has the answer: An alternative spring break. Since the 1980s such alternatives have surged in popularity. As students become more socially conscious, they’re realizing the traditional spring break spent lounging on a beach can be unfulfilling, and that donating time on the front lines of social issues is much more compelling. Breakaway, a national alternative break network based in Atlanta, connects such spring break programs with 175 colleges and universities across the country. In 2012, it estimated its alternative spring break members gave more than 600,000 service [...]

It’s Hard, but Rewarding: The Top 10 Things you Didn’t Know about Volunteers

It’s hot, the work is hard, and your feet and arms hurt, but you keep plugging away. You wipe the sweat from your brow and take one more deep breath, hammer one more nail and hoist up one more board. The job is almost done. The volunteer organization you pledged to help build houses for was right. The work is rewarding. You smile. The pain is worth it. You have just built a lifetime of memories for a total stranger. Meanwhile, without even knowing it, you’ve built your own memories to last a lifetime. Those who participate in a volunteer [...]