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Why Volunteer?

March 20 2017

Hi! My name is Saud. I’m a high school student in Ontario. Check out my thoughts on why I think volunteering is important for all students.

Imagine this. You’re at the library signing out a couple of books. While waiting in the checkout line, you glance around at the posters on the wall and one in particular catches your eye. “Volunteers Needed,” it says, “Variety of positions available.”

“Why should I volunteer at the library?” you think to yourself as you move forward in line, “What would I gain from this experience?”

We all know that volunteers are an important part of any community. They help deliver essential services to those in need, and allow non-profit agencies to continue operating. That is one of the many reasons why high schools in Canada ask students to volunteer before graduating.

Often we think of volunteering as a simple act of giving, when in reality it’s more of an exchange. Those who volunteer gain a lot from doing so; there are countless reasons for students to volunteer. Lucky for you, we have gathered some of the best ones below!

Here are some of the many reasons why you, and every other student, should actively volunteer:

1. To Enhance Your Resume
By volunteering you are showing others that you are responsible, dedicated, and committed. Any volunteer position is a great addition to your resume, whether you’re applying for a job or a post-secondary program!

2. To Get Valuable Work Experience
As a volunteer you are building on the important skills that you will use in your future career. You might even volunteer in a field related to your future job, such as volunteering at the Humane Society if you want to be a veterinarian.

3. To Meet New People
No matter where you’re volunteering, you’ll get the opportunity to meet different people and build strong relationships with them.

4. To Increase Your Skills and Abilities
Whether you’re sorting books at the library, or assisting patients at the hospital, you will learn new skills and abilities by volunteering.

5. To Relax and Have Fun
With tests, exams, and extracurricular activities, the life of a student can be quite stressful. Why not alleviate some of that stress by volunteering? There’s no better way to relax and have fun than by helping others!

6. To Promote Personal Growth
You can become a better communicator, raise your self esteem, and improve your time management skills by volunteering. Personal growth is a guarantee when you commit yourself to being a student volunteer!

7. To Make a Difference
And finally, the reason that we volunteer in the first place: to make a difference. From donating your time at an event or concert to helping others at a food bank, there are so many ways that you can make a meaningful impact in your community!

Those are just some of the many reasons why you should volunteer. On myBlueprint’s Job Search tool, you can search specifically for volunteer opportunities in your community. Go check it out!

So, what are you waiting for? Go back into that library, talk to the librarian, and start volunteering! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

-Saud

myBlueprint is always looking for student volunteers to help contribute amazing blog posts just like this one. Would you like to write an article that you think other students across Canada would want to read? Email support@myblueprint.ca and we’ll help you figure out the next steps.


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