A lot of what I do in my life is on a volunteer basis, Scout Leader, Student Representative Council, Student Participation and Retention Committee, CQUniversity Diploma of Nursing Society, and writing this Blog. I get just as much, if not more, satisfaction then I do from my paid vocation. This had me thinking about the attitude some people have today around Volunteering. It is common to hear opinions like what am I going to get out of it, what does it pay, and why would you give so much time to that?
As I mentioned earlier, I get so much out of my volunteering and often don’t know what I would do with myself if I didn’t volunteer anymore. Sure I would have more spare time, I might spend more time on a hobby or myself, I could pull some overtime shifts and get paid more, but none of these things is as rewarding as the impact you can have on students experience of University, the experiences you can share with youth and sharing stories with people just like you.
In an age that is all about Self, we need to be more and more conscious of the community we live in. All of our communities run on the backs of Volunteers, those who are willing to put a little bit of their time aside to help out those who need it, share a little bit of their wisdom and experiences, or seek to improve the community they belong.
I don’t expect for everyone who reads this to magically drop everything and volunteer 40 hours a week. But, if everyone who reads this simply donates one hour of their time this week, we could make an amazing impact on our communities.
I am therefore setting a challenge to all who read this, find a community based organisation, call them, email them, or otherwise make contact and offer them a piece of your time every week. To help out I have listed a collection of organisations that are often looking for volunteers and who have National, and State bodies;
There are a myriad of other community groups, not for profits and organisations that you can volunteer your time with, share with and grow with. When you volunteer you need to open yourself up the idea that you are not just there to impart and be the one who shares, you will also get a lot out of it, stories of others, growth in yourself, and lessons you won’t learn anywhere else.
I look forward to hearing the stories of everyones week, where they decided to volunteer and what they have learnt already. Or do you volunteer time already, feel free to write it in the comments section below. Share this post with your friends and family and challenge them to volunteer their time.
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