You can make a difference.

 Volunteers are people of all ages and walks of life who, for a myriad of reasons, offer their time and energy in the service of others. Volunteers step forward and carry out their assignments and touch the lives of those they serve in many positive ways. Their rewards are intangible, the expectations modest, yet ask a volunteer why he or she serves and you often hear some variation of “I’d like to make a difference.”

“Believe in what you do, belief in volunteering, believe in being selfless, have no expectation – then, volunteering becomes your strength.” 

   

You’re donating your valuable time, so you must enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit:

 Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions for your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.

Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or look for a different organization that’s a better fit.

 If volunteering overseas, choose carefully. Some volunteer programs abroad can cause more harm than good if they take much-needed paying jobs away from local workers. Look for volunteer opportunities with reputable organizations.

 Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and unfamiliar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.

 Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier. Learn how to find the right fit.

 

Why volunteer?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

 

Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

 

Giving selflessly to all beings, one’s community, animals, and birds, as well as serving the Earth with an attitude of gratitude is the pillar of aaa’s teachings. That volunteering makes us complete only if it is done selflessly. Volunteering should become our lifestyle, then it truly becomes extremely powerful and uplifting.

Social service or selfless action of any kind gives us a chance to unhook from the accumulating dues and karmas of life and helps us live a more purposeful life.

 

The aaa program mission experience is an opportunity to:

  • Broaden your vision of the world and your place in it
  • Learn innate things about yourself and others
  • Concretize your commitment to justice and peace
  • Strengthen your faith and deepen your spirituality
  • Experience Innate living in a new way, and
  • Change your life