I was pondering what the next BetterMe15 Growth Goal should be. I knew I wanted to do a segment on mediation and one on forgiveness but I also wanted to have those accompanied by audio interviews. As I sat staring at my blank television screen and hearing a silent version of the Jeopardy jingle in my head it hit me. The BetterMe journey had focused a lot on oneself. Relationships, priorities, life balance, etc. but growing up my family instilled in me that one of the greatest uses of time and energy is in giving to others.
Unfortunately, since the start of the year, this has been an area that I have personally been lacking in. I’ve thought of it time and again but have yet to make time to act on it. I’ve been consumed with running my own business, attempting to write regularly, nurture a young marriage and more. But I’ve made time to go on vacation, to throw a birthday party, to go to the movies, to read books and to regularly eat out (note to self to write about financial management and then act on it). So I have no excuses.
The Benefits of Volunteerism
I titled this post Be Selfish and Give Back because it spoke to my marketing need for an interesting title but more importantly because it’s oddly true. The times in which I have given to others, I’ve felt better about myself. I’ve benefited.The United Way has a pretty good list of the benefits of volunteering. A few are listed below:
- Make important networking contacts
- Learn or develop skills
- Enhance your résumé
- Gain work experience
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improve your health
- Meet new people
- Feel needed and valued
A true Millennial, I don’t need much of a reason to believe in volunteering. My generation is all about saving the world! However, if I can save the world and get a little something out of it for me too, hey even better.
Where to Start?
DETERMINE A SCHEDULE: The first step for any busy woman is to first look at your schedule and determine the frequency in which you’d like to volunteer. Is it once a week, once a month, a few times a year. No judgement, determine what you can handle and then make a commitment. Write down your volunteer goals in a book to increase your likelihood of accomplishing them.
IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION: Just like choosing exercise activities that you enjoy, in order to stay committed to volunteering, you should choose to get involved with organizations and causes that you feel passionate about.
Types of Volunteer Activities
What’s great about the world of volunteering is that there are opportunities to meet almost any interest and passion that you may have. Types of volunteering include:
- Street Beautification
- Assisting in Senior Citizen Homes
- Food Banks / Food Drives / Soup Kitchens
- Clothing Drives
- Volunteering at Marathons & Fundraisers
- Assisting at Fitness & Wellness Events
- Animal Shelters or Rescue Centers
- Donating Blood
- Beach cleanups
Give Back to Your Community & Volunteer!
Because a Better Me means helping to better the world around me.