Volunteerism

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Volunteerism for Baby-Boomers

 

As Baby-Boomers leave the workforce, they can sometimes feel that they’ve lost their life purpose. Volunteerism is a way to give meaning and purpose back into one’s life. Retired Baby-Boomers also have more time to give to any number of causes that are dear to their hearts. Here are just a few examples:

 

  • Being on a Board of Directors for any number of organizations
  • Building a Church or spiritual center, school, hospital, etc.
  • Education, or ESL, or helping build schools in other countries
  • Elections – volunteering during an election campaign locally, nationally or internationally (going as a scrutineer or witness to ensure election laws and democracy is upheld)
  • Environmentalism – whether picking up garbage in one’s community or blocking harmful construction, or planting trees in India
  • Re-building a city, town, or country after a natural disaster such as flooding, hurricanes, or forest fires
  • Recreational sports teams – as referees, time keepers, or coaches

 

Volunteerism is the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service. According to Wikipedia, “Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain to benefit another person, group or organization.”

Volunteerism is often used to improve human quality of life. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, building or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.

 

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Giving Back: The Importance of VOLUNTEERISM

Types of Volunteerism

(According to a Wikipedia page)

 

  • Volunteering As Utilized By Service Learning Programs (Practicum)
  • Skills-Based Volunteering (Doctors Without Borders)
  • Volunteering In Developing Countries
  • Virtual Volunteering
  • Micro-Volunteering
  • Environmental Volunteering
  • Volunteering In An Emergency (Natural Disasters)
  • Volunteering In Schools (ESL, reading or craft programs)
  • CSR Diary
  • Corporate Volunteering
  • Community volunteer work
  • Social Volunteering Or Welfare Volunteering

 

I didn’t know there were so many types or aspects to volunteerism!!

 

Some of the benefits one receives from volunteering are:

  • Gain cultural information
  • Gain new foreign language skills
  • Travel to foreign countries
  • Educational credits
  • Relevant skills and experiences to add to resume
  • A sense of purpose
  • A sense of belonging
  • A feeling of contribution & value

 

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Word Collage – Community, Giving, Caring, Generous, Leaders, Skilled, Selfless, etc

 

Do you Volunteer? In what capacity? What benefits do you feel you get out of volunteering? Leave your comments below.

 

 

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