Did you know that volunteerism is alive and well in Australia. At least 1 in 4 Aussies volunteer each year according to www.volunteer.qld.org.au.
Thank goodness for our volunteers, as the need is great.
As great as the need is, most people do not realise that the rewards to the volunteer, can be of much significance as well.
In the same way that you really cannot put a price on an individual’s life, you cannot put a price on the rewards of volunteering. They are vast and varying.
People complain about being bored! So, volunteer. Problem solved.
Quite frankly, there do not seem to be enough homeless shelters to go around. How is that possible, you say? Well the swelling ranks of our homeless, is a prime indicator of the depths of gravity of the situation and the urgency required in providing a solution.
All homeless shelters are worthy of our help because they are the only recourse that our homeless can turn to in their times of great need. One of the best homeless charities to donate to, Sheltered By Grace is in Brisbane and expanding to provide more beds.
How do you say NO to a person in dire need – go away? Well, unless you yourself were in a similar position, it would take a truly heartless person to contemplate saying this. In all conscience, a humane person would at least attempt to help, would you agree?
That’s precisely how Chairman of Sheltered By Grace, Jason Loakes became so totally committed to helping homeless people. A friend and his family were in dire need.
Last Christmas I decided that I would very much like to donate some of my time in helping to feed the homeless, a good charity to donate to, I’m sure you will agree.
I had never done this before, so it was about time I did, I had thought about it many times before this, even my children who had flown the coop a long time ago, had done so. My partner was away and my best friend would arrive later that evening, so off I went.
What an enlightening experience it was! Heart wrenching and enlightening.
Volunteering has become more popular than ever. In Australia alone, about 34% of the male population and 38% of the female population were recorded as volunteers in 2010. This increase from previous years was mainly due to benefits both the volunteer and the organisation get from volunteering. Indeed, volunteering has not only contributed to cost-effectiveness among different companies and organizations that accept volunteers but also gave significant benefits to the volunteers themselves.
One important reported advantage of volunteering in a private organization, whether in Australia or overseas, is that it enhances knowledge and skills of the volunteers which later on contributed to success in their careers. However, the advantages of volunteering are not limited to this. In this article, we discuss other surprising benefits of volunteering.