Surprising Benefits to Volunteering - Pt 2

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This is the second of our two-part series on volunteerism at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read part one here.



Volunteering can advance your career
If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first.

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in warehouse operations, you could volunteer at Harry Chapin Food Bank, sorting and packing food. As you become familiar with the processes, you can become a lead volunteer, giving you supervisory experience.



Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills
Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you could become an experienced truck driver while volunteering your time at Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community. For instance, if you hold a successful sales position, you raise awareness for your favorite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving your public speaking, communication, and marketing skills.




When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements
While learning new skills can be beneficial to many, it’s not a requirement for a fulfilling volunteer experience. Keep in mind that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed, and a positive attitude.

Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work. For instance, if you have a desk job and long to spend time outdoors, you might consider volunteering at a mobile pantry or other Food Bank event.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Harry Chapin Food Bank please contact Tanya via email tanyaphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org or call (239) 334-7007 extension 141 or submit a volunteer application now!  

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