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 organization like YRNO understand this feeling. For those who don’t, there is much to learn. Here are the top 10 things you didn’t know about volunteers.

1. Nonprofit Research suggests roughly 93 percent of teenagers and college students say they want to volunteer, yet a minuscule amount actually take time to do it. Break the mold. Seize the day. Build memories. Volunteer. You won’t regret it.
2. Volunteering can help you get a job, according to U.S. World News and Report. It exposes you to new fields, new skills, and potential new employers. Time spent at a volunteer organization also fills in unemployment gaps.
3. Volunteers also report more work promotions. Volunteering gives people a chance to hone and refine skills sets they use in their current jobs.
4. Volunteers have improved physical health, including reduced symptoms of chronic illness, high blood pressure, and migraines. 76 percent of volunteers say they feel healthier.
5. A volunteer organization also gives its workforce the chance to improve their mental health. 94 percent reported improved moods and dwindling depression.
6. 76 percent of volunteers report lower stress levels than adults. They report having calm and peaceful feelings most of the time!
7. Volunteers also report a feeling of purpose in life, and become more goal-oriented and successful in the future, according to UnitedHealthgroup.com, a volunteer organization research firm.
8. Volunteers become people-persons. They learn unique collaborative skills and are often more social than non-volunteers.
9. Volunteers are often viewed as leaders.
10. Volunteers build community, which builds the economy, which builds better schools, which reduces poverty and thus crime, which attracts new business. Essentially, volunteers make their community smarter, richer, and safer.

There you have it. Now, you know. Volunteer today to sweat. Volunteer tomorrow to succeed. Volunteer for a month to change another’s life. Volunteer forever to change YOUR life!