The benefits of volunteering

My name is Amadi Vivian Akuyoma and I am from Nigeria in Ikeduru LGA.

I have qualifications in economic and proficiency in religious languages, such as Hebrew and Greek.

I am passionate about rediscovering and restoring and beauty of human beings and am currently the Deputy Chairperson of GYMHA.

What inspired you to join GYMHA?

Not only does volunteering help you feel good about yourself, but it can also help advance your career. Don’t think you have enough time? Even the smallest acts of volunteering can help improve your work life and can make you happier while helping the community you live in.

Here are some ways volunteering is worth your time and how it can help you feel better about yourself and in your work life.

1. Gain a sense of self-accomplishment and motivation
Of course, volunteer work is doing good for the community around you. But, it can also make you feel good about yourself at the same time. When you help someone in need or fix a problem, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that can increase your self-confidence tremendously. Feeling this good about what you are accomplishing outside of work, will motivate you to do more and accomplish more at work.

2. Improve your mental health
Volunteering and helping others will make you a happier person in general. According to the Global Youth Mental Health Awareness (GYMHA) getting outside of and doing something you love is great for your mental health. If you are feeling down about work – get outside and volunteer for an organization you have an interest in. Taking a break from work to get involved in your community will help you avoid depression and isolation – you will feel great about helping others.

3. Change your daily routine – you may discover a new passion!
Once you get out of that office, you’ll feel so much better! It is important to balance work with the other activities you love.

Volunteering for an organisation you have a genuine interest in is a relaxing escape from your busy work schedule. Changing up your schedule will leave you with “renewed creativity, motivation, and vision.

This motivation and creativity can carry over into your professional life and inspire you to work hard and be creative at work!

4. Develop new skills and improve current ones
While motivating and inspiring you to work hard, volunteering can also help you develop your professional skills.

Communication, project planning, and teamwork are all great skills to have in the professional world and all three are used in volunteering! Doing volunteer work, you are in constant communication people, so it is easy to practice your social skills. Take all of your new and improved skills into your office to impress your boss and colleagues.

5. Make connections and friends
Volunteering is a great place to meet people with common interests and who knows maybe you’ll meet a new professional connection. With more than a quarter of the Australian working population volunteering, you are likely to run into someone in your industry that can be a future contact.

4 thoughts on “The benefits of volunteering”

  1. Afolabi Olufemi Abel

    Yes, you are right.
    In one of my facebook messages, I wrote it that, I prioritize serving my humanity,as this will help you fulfilling, rejoicing and feel free from life depressions.
    Well done my mentor.

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