We find that many people have a desire to give back and do good in the world but often just don’t know where to start.
At BrandTuitive, we like to take a break from branding and advertising from time to time to volunteer as a team. It gives us a chance to socialize with each other outside of work, and it feels great to do. There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations that would benefit from your unique contribution. There is surely a group active in an area you’re passionate about. Think about the types of things that move and inspire you.
Here’s a list of general categories to get you thinking. Maybe you’re passionate about:
Once you find your category, you can do a Google search for volunteer opportunities or browse Volunteer Match. They help match volunteers with opportunities. Are you feeling too busy? Try microvolunteering. What’s that? Microvolunteering can be defined as on-demand, no-commitment actions that benefit worthy causes. And many can be completed in fewer than 30 minutes while still dressed in your pajamas. Check out Microvolunteering Day for some options. For bonus points, conduct a quick fundraiser in your office or your building for the charity you’re going to volunteer with and take the funds with you!
Here’s some additional good news. Volunteering can make you healthier. According to Harvard Health Publications, studies indicate that people who volunteer their time are rewarded with lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan. Volunteering just a few hours per month might actually make you physically healthier in addition to making you feel emotionally better.
Muhammad Ali is quoted as saying, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Volunteering your time is a great way to “pay” that rent, but it also provides personal benefits. So go ahead, be selfish – volunteer.