How often are we asked by charities to donate money? And while it is great for us to throw a pound in a bucket as we leave our local supermarket, or text ‘YES’ to 70205 when Comic Relief is delivering some amazing entertainment on our screens; how often are we asked to donate our time to charities?
If anything, donating our time to charities can actually be quite a difficult, time-poor and competitive process, especially if it is to work with children or animals. But it is worth it.
The concept of giving away our time for free, when we work so hard to get a job and pay our bills may seem ludicrous in some respects, and counterproductive in others; but giving your time to charities is not a one-way benefit.
9 Benefits of being a Charity Volunteer
You benefit greatly from giving to charity for a number of reasons. We’ve outlined the 9 greatest benefits below:
1) Improves Your Employability
Adding the time and experience that you committed to volunteering with a charity will actually enhance the presentability of your CV and increase your employability. Employers love to see job candidates who have dedicated their time to charitable causes as it demonstrates personality traits that are highly employable.
2) Good For Your Health
There has been an incredible amount of research conducted around the health benefits of being charitable over the years; and research has proven that doing good for someone else interrupts tension producing patterns in the brain; instead replacing them with endorphins that improve health and wellness. Charitable work can also help to improve your confidence and self esteem, further promoting positive hormone generation.
3) Develops New Skills
Whether you volunteer at a local dogs home, a local care home, or you are part of a project that is building a school in an under-resourced area; you will inevitably be learning something new. You could learn the basics of a foreign language or the foundations of animal welfare; but whatever it is, you’ll be developing into a more valuable member of your community; and a better person too.
4) Help Others
Sometimes giving back is totally altruistic; and you’ll get nothing in return for it. But that is OK. Even when there is no benefit to you, that is still a benefit, as being selfless is a great personality trait to get.
5) New Friend Groups
When you donate your time to a charity and you volunteer, you open your social circle out to a whole new group of people. They may even be a group of people that you would never naturally get the opportunity to mix with because of their age, gender, social or working habits; but meeting them will give you a new bank of friends that you have something in common with.
6) View The World In Another Way
Perspective. It’s one word that will develop you as a person so much. Volunteering your time to a charity and working with the vulnerable, the disadvantaged, the elderly or the incapacitated will give you a fresh perspective on your own life and how you see the world. Working for a charity will drag you out of your comfort zone and help you see the world through the eyes of others.
7) Gratitude For The Simple Things
As part of helping you to see the world through the eyes of others, the primary recipients of charity are typically more vulnerable and disadvantaged than yourself; and the gratitude that they express for the most basic of things will help you to be more grateful for the wonderful things that are happening in your own life.
8) Visit New Places
Being a charity volunteer will put you in all sorts of different situations, but more than that it will take you to places and locations that you wouldn’t normally visit. Whether you are seeing different parts of your local city to help the homeless, or out in the countryside helping to keep the canals and waterways clear of litter; you’ll be visiting new places and improving your geography.
Volunteering of course means that you are working in some respect, and you need to do a good job to be contributing positively towards the cause that you are supporting. You need to turn up on time, be dependable, contribute and take a voluntary position as seriously as you take your paying job. But, you should also find it fun; and it will be.
Do I Need A DBS Check To Be A Charity Volunteer?
Whether you work for a charity in a paid capacity or as a volunteer if you are working in a charity setting you will most likely need some level of DBS check if the charity you are working for has a responsibility to safeguard the people who it engages and works with.
DBS Checks aren’t statutory for every charity volunteer however and your eligibility will depend wholly on the nature of the role, to learn more about DBS checks within the charity sector check out our dedicated resource here.