Give The Gift Of You. Volunteer.
Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s reading to children, leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families, or delivering meals to homebound seniors, there a many volunteer options available in Midland.
Benefits of Volunteering.
Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise. Volunteering can help you:
- Make important networking contacts
- Learn or develop skills
- Teach your skills to others
- Enhance your résumé
- Gain work experience
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improve your health
- Meet new people
- Feel needed and valued
- Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization
- Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community
- Make a difference in someone’s life
Tips For Volunteering
Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping others builds stronger communities, and enriches your own life at the same time.
United Way works with volunteers and local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors to serve. When you work with your local United Way, you can feel confident about the quality of the opportunity you choose and about the organization you donate your time to support.
Research causes that are important to you
Whether it’s helping children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.
Consider the skills you have to offer
Would you like to teach a child to read? Or would you rather work serve meals to the homebound? Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills through volunteering.
Learn something new
Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better.
Don’t over-commit your schedule
Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.
Consider volunteering as a group
Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family or co-workers. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need. See also: Volunteering as a Family.
Feel good about yourself
People who volunteer often say that they get more out of the experience than they give. Giving of your time and energy makes you feel good about yourself and raises your self-esteem. Working with other volunteers builds friendships.
Advance the common good
Sometimes we look at the way the world is and think, “This isn’t the way things are supposed to be.” By volunteering, you can help make a positive change in the world. Each of us wants to live in a community where families are healthy and strong, where children are given the help they need to succeed in school, where people with disabilities and the elderly are able to live as independently as possible, and where people live in safe, supportive neighborhoods.
By volunteering, you help make your community a better place to live, and you become part of the solution.