Written by: Kevin Lemasters, Strategic Advisors
In the social media world we live in, it can be overwhelming to see how AWESOME everyone else’s lives are compared to our own. (At least that is the picture that is painted.) In reality, we all struggle with our own challenges and issues. Volunteering is a great way to get the focus off of ourselves and onto others. There is a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are helping others in your actions. So many organizations depend on volunteers to meet the needs of the community they serve. Your time spent makes a difference in the lives of others.
Consider finding an organization that matters to you or aligns with your values. Reach out to learn what their volunteer needs are. If you lead a team or are on a team in the workplace, share that information in a manner that may create interest. I believe creating a team service project helps build camaraderie. It also opens the door for those who have never volunteered before. I know from experience that introducing people to volunteering has an impact.
Most of the cultures around the world live in and work in their community. Helping others is just a way of life, and at one time is how we functioned here in the U.S. Make an intentional effort to engage in building that community again where you live. Whether you choose to do something on your own or invite others to be involved. Everyone will benefit from that experience, both those giving and those receiving.