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5 Reasons To Give Back to Your Community

Volunteer work is something that's not discussed nearly enough. Maybe it's because volunteer work isn’t something people brag about, but it should be. It’s good for your community, and you benefit, too.

Below are five ways you benefit by giving back to your community:

Make a difference. One of the main reasons to volunteer is to make a difference in your community. By volunteering, you improve aspects of your community, which results in happier, healthier people in your community.

Meet people. Volunteering also gives you the chance to meet people who share your interests. Other volunteers who care about the same causes can turn into new friends or acquaintances.

Live happier. Helping others is a great way to feel happier. You'll gain confidence and improve your self-esteem, knowing you are making a difference in your community and brightening up someone's day. You'll also gain perspective about important world matters like poverty and inequality. As a result, you may develop or strengthen a humble attitude and sense of appreciation.

Add to your resume. Not only are you able to add volunteer experience to your resume, you could end up adding additional skills to it, too. Volunteer work gives you the opportunity to learn new skills or improve ones you already know. Career wise, volunteering could open doors for you.

Have good karma. Need I say more?

Volunteer work is flexible. You don't have to stick to the conventional ways of volunteering; your options are endless. If you don't want to literally feed the homeless or tutor kids but you have other great skills, offer those skills or services to a nonprofit.

Are you good at graphic design, accounting, or leading teams? You can help a nonprofit organization with those types of skills.

Find a cause you're passionate about. You can pick pretty much anything, but the most popular causes include children, homelessness, health, education, etc. You’re bound to find a nonprofit organization dedicated to that cause.

Learn how to get started volunteering at VolunteerMatch.org and tap into your charitable side. Remember, volunteer work is beneficial to everyone involved. What comes around really does go around when you volunteer.