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# 30 Volunteering

#30 Volunteering

Did you know that 96% of individuals who volunteer – believe that volunteering makes them happier? Happier people equate to a happier planet. One way to offset your carbon footprint is to increase your eco-footprint through volunteering. With numerous green volunteering opportunities available, sharing your time, skills and resources can contribute greatly to preserving our planet.  

The Impact of Sharing your Time:

A 2015 census stated that 24.9% of people in the US volunteered; contributing almost 8 billions hours of service. Can you imagine what America would look like if we doubled that number? Communities working together for the betterment of the people, create unity and pride – resulting in a cleaner environment. 

Volunteering for a Cause:

  • More than two-thirds of volunteers between the ages of 18-24 see volunteering as a positive way to increase their career prospects and to help them reach the job of their dreams.
  • Collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food are the activities volunteers perform most often. 
  • The volunteer rate for men averages 21.8%, while women average 27.8%. 
  • Women (on average) believe that volunteering is more important than men think it is. 
  • Individuals between the ages of 35-44 are most likely to volunteer. 
  • In a study of 3,000 employers, 84% agreed that volunteering makes a candidate more appealing to them – making them more likely to offer a second interview.
Volunteer playing music

How can I make an impact?

Tier 1: Global Goodness

  • Look for a volunteer opportunity that stirs your passion. Do you love to work with children or the elderly? Maybe you are a conservationist and work well in nature?  Whatever excites you – do that.
  • Going for a walk? Use it as a time to volunteer for our planet by taking a trash bag to pick up litter along the way. Setting these examples in your community can inspire others to do the same.  

Tier 2: Planet Protector

  • All of Tier 1.
  • Use discrepancy when finding the right organization to volunteer with. Do your research on the work they are doing, how it is helping the community – and how much of the resources go directly to the cause.
  • Sign up to be a community leader or a member of a volunteer committee. The more involved you get – the more volunteering you will commit to.

Tier 3: Earth Angel

  • All of Tiers 1 & 2.
  • Don’t see an organization that aligns with your passion? Start your own!
  • Encourage your friends and family to get involved in community volunteer work.
  • Have children? Get them involved. Raising children to volunteer regularly in the community and abroad allows children to grow up understanding other lifestyles and backgrounds – and models healthy behavior.
  • Spread Light. Spread Love.

Facts References: 

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm
https://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/07/business/global-office-csr-volunteer/index.html
https://hbr.org/2012/09/youll-feel-less-rushed-if-you-give-time-away
https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/2017/april/cb17-sfs37-national-volunteer-week.html
https://www.reference.com/business-finance/volunteering-community-151364448732369f
https://money.howstuffworks.com/economics/volunteer/opportunities/volunteer-to-help-environment.htm

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https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-surprising-benefits-volunteering.html

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