Volunteer Work Can Open Doors

Doctors and psychotherapists have long observed that those who help others tend to enjoy healthier, happier lives.

Often those who have been helped want to do something in return, preferring a hand up, to a hand out. Feeling needed and appreciated, and maintaining their dignity, is important to good physical and mental health.

Experts believe that those who suffer from “the blues” or those who have experienced a life-altering trauma, such as losing a spouse, often benefit from doing volunteer work as much, or more, as those they serve. When we believe that we’re making a difference here on earth, it gives us a purpose for living and sense of satisfaction, which can lead to a longer, more fulfilled life. Studies show the more consistently we do good for others, the happier we become.

When we give to others it activates the release of dopamine, the ‘Feel Good’ hormone, which triggers what is often referred to by psychologists as a “helper’s high”. MRI studies  found that this euphoria reduced chronic pain for several participants. Dopamine also reduces stress levels which has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety, boosting overall well-being and motivating us to do more kind acts, in order to get that “high”. Research revealed that dopamine also plays important roles in sleep, motor activity, and concentration which is important to learning.


Volunteer work can open doors

Although many business executives didn’t go to a private school or have parents who belonged to the country club they realized the importance of strong social connections to their success.  Volunteering in the community is a way to build a solid social network. The  more vast ones network, the more opportunities one has.

Most jobs are never posted to the public. Many companies identify potential job candidates through employee referrals. According to a recent study, referrals are the No. 1 source of new hires. A “social connection” inside a company may be in a position to make a recommendation for a job that is never advertised.

Companies encourage employees’ passion to make a difference in the community. Applicants who are heavily invested in the community bring much more to a company than just their credentials and education.  Aware that volunteer work can provide invaluable skills and knowledge HR Managers often look closely at it on an applicants resume.

Whether on the ascent up the corporate ladder or already sitting at the top, one is always part of a team. Business leaders who volunteer in the community often take notice of “team members” who show leadership potential.

The best way to make a difference in the world is to begin in your own community.

In October, millions of volunteers across the nation unite on National Make A Difference Day,  the largest single-day of volunteering in the country. That link will tell about the $10,000 prize you can win for the non-profit you choose.

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9 Responses to Volunteer Work Can Open Doors

  1. P.S. says:

    See what Mike Rowe has about jobs HERE on his facebook page

    Mike Rowe-Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs ..Somebody’s Got to do it What would civilization look like without people who do the dirty jobs? Mike wants to bridge the gap between 600,000 unfilled skilled trades jobs and unemployed Americans through his campaign, Profoundly Disconnected. mikerowWORKS foundation gives scholarships to students in trade schools. He funds it partly by auctioning souvenirs from Dirty Jobs.

    John Ratzenberger (who played Cliff Calvin on Cheers) produced the Travel Channel series “Made in America,” highlighting U.S.-made goods and workers which led the way for a new series of Dirty Jobs(with Mike Rowe) , Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers to celebrate the work ethic that built America.

    Ratzenberger is raising awareness for the trades and skilled workers in the US. He says that today nobody is being taught how to use simple tools, hammers and screwdrivers. “Instead they are going to college to get degrees and can’t get a job, although there are plenty of jobs out there. Manufacturers today say high school kids can’t even read a ruler. We need to teach the skills. How are they going to build airplanes, build homes, or even perform simple household repairs?”

    Passionate about how important it is for America to recognize the need for, and to provide the training to produce skilled laborers, Ratzenberger is in pre-production on a new television series to awaken Americans to the shortage of skilled workers that threatens our country as a whole. Read all: http://ratzenberger.com/meet-john-ratzenberger http://ratzenberger.com/contact

  2. Chris says:

    Wikipedia says regarding the Benefits of volunteering

    Besides the benefits to society, scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy psychological and physical benefits,[13] including increased satisfaction, improved sense of belonging, lower blood pressure, increased protection from Alzheimer’s, and decreased mortality.[14]

    Volunteer work can also be used to leverage valuable experiences where work experience is lacking, or to build on an area of interest and expertise when writing a resume for work or applying to schools. [16] [17]

    Selecting a volunteer position should be handled with careful thought as to your personal interests, areas of community you wish to impact, and to what end. Having clear goals for your time and service will better inform the value of your volunteer efforts as it relates to your personal goals and interests. [18]

    Benefits of volunteer work are enjoyed by the community effected, but also by the volunteers themselves, in knowing that they contributed to the betterment of society in some way. [19]

  3. Danna says:

    Volunteer. Get involved in a cause that means something to you. First, you’re keeping actively busy during an emotional downturn in your life, which is good for the head. Second, you’re improving your job-hunting skills. Volunteering involves marketing, selling, time management, public speaking, fund-raising, creativity and more. Third, depending on the organization and the role you take, volunteering can put you in contact with some of the most important people in your community. They’ll see you do your stuff. Finally, doing something good for others helps shape your attitude and keeps your own situation in perspective. https://www.tulsaworld.com/archive/out-of-work-getting-job-starts-at-daybreak/article_f8f4fe70-b613-5d33-998d-cc8c04c7bf80.html
    HARVEY MACKAY Dec 15, 2002

    Do look at this one: https://wordpress.com/post/tulsage.wordpress.com/6613

  4. Davina says:

    Lending a hand after hours may make your day job more enjoyable. Re searchers from the University of Konstanz in Germany studied more than 100 people who worked 5 days a week and also volunteered for about 7 hours weekly. They learned that work felt less burdensome the day after a volunteer stint–even if the unpaid duties, like fire and rescue work , weren’t very relaxing. The study suggests that if yu really want to shed job stress, vegging out may not be the best way to do it, says lead author Eva J. Mojza, PhD. Challenging extracurricular activities will yank your attention away from the demands of your career and send you back to work with the satisfaction of a job well done. -Reader’s Digest June 2010

    Volunteering two hours a week can boost your well-being and helps combat loneliness, which has been linked to dementia.
    1. A sense of purpose -volunteers wake up with a sense of purpose which is healthy; it’s what keeps us living longer. There’s a lot of loss as you get older, but serving others can be your saving grace. It gets you out of yourself.

    2. Social interaction and friendship A lady whose husband had passed away loves to knit and wanted to teach others. It’s become a wonderful support group as some have also lost their husbands. They talk and bond while they knit. They’ve made 112 blankets in the past year and given them to patients at the cancer clinic in town and to survivors of domestic violence.

    3. If you want to do God’s work, find out where the need is and jump in.

    4. Doing a variety of things keeps your mind sharp and agile, and there’s a wide range of activities available if you’re interested in volunteering. Try something to find out whether it’s a good fit for you. You don’t have to volunteer with a huge organization. How about just calling or visiting someone who can’t get out much?”

    5. When you give of yourself, you will find that you get more than you give. There’s a special sense of fulfillment that comes with using your God-given talents to help someone else.
    https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/5-benefits-for-seniors-who-volunteer

  5. Alan says:

    “But I had big help, I think, from above to show me the only way to get out of a situation that is painful and horrible is to help others. I started volunteering, and when you do that, you kind of start to feel good about yourself. And the love from those people (you help) comes over to you. It’s just a really win-win situation when you do that, so that would be the lesson I learned was giving to others changes your life and can make it wonderful. It’s not about money. It’s not about possessions. It’s about people and love, and that’s really what it’s all about.” -Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life.

    https://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/jimmie-tramel-despite-tragedies-zuzu-from-it-s-a-wonderful/article_d6f227b2-2b24-5f34-946e-c5f72637ed94.html

  6. Alan says:

    All contributions count. So do non-monetary acts of kindness, such as shoveling a neighbor’s walk, bringing a casserole to a grieving person or simply abiding with someone in need through friendship. https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/askamy/ct-ask-amy-12282018-story.html

    Washington University research shows that people who volunteer to help a neighbor, family member, church or charity are happier than other people. Turns out volunteering results in a “helper’s high,” a combination of a warm feeling, increased energy and a sense of euphoria. According to one survey, 97% of regular volunteers experience this “high”.

  7. Robyn says:

    In a recent survey of over 10,000 people in the UK, two-thirds reported that volunteering helped them feel less isolated. Similarly, a 2018 study of nearly 6,000 people across the US examined widows who, unsurprisingly, felt lonelier than married adults. After starting to volunteer for two or more hours per week, their average level of loneliness subsided to match that of married adults, even after controlling for demographics, baseline health, personality traits, and other social involvement. These benefits may be especially strong the older you are and the more often you volunteer.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-solution-for-loneliness/

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