Thursday, April 21, 2011

Benefits of Volunteering

We are going through a period when people are beginning to spend more of their free time volunteering to help with projects that supply the needs of the less fortunate. All of us were told when we were young that we were going to have to get jobs to financially support ourselves for the rest of our lives. That gave working for money a special dignity. However, working on projects without pay also has a special dignity, especially if it aids people with unusual needs.

Aside from just feeling good about helping others, there are often other benefits. First of all you can develop close friendships with inspiring people. Secondly you can learn new skills that may be helpful in your life. Working as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, for example, you can learn from experts how to build houses, install plumbing, and do electrical wiring. Thirdly, if you are currently unemployed you can sometimes work with people who may eventually be able to offer you employment. Furthermore volunteers can often choose the hours they want to work.

Christian churches are excellent sources of information about volunteer opportunities. Not only are there many jobs to be done around the church, but congregations also have information about the needs of the community. Their lists include hospitals, blood banks, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and others. Christ’s Team needs volunteers in many different areas to make the world a better place to live.

Peace is found in prayer,
Robert C. Frank