December 6, 2018

Give a Little, Get a Lot: Why Volunteering is Awesome!

Every Project Helping volunteer event is a little bit different. No matter what kind of impact you are making, you will always walk away feeling awesome! Volunteering is a great way to improve mental wellness and a good tool in managing depression. To learn more about the science behind it, click Here. In addition to helping your mental wellness, there are a lot of other amazing takeaways that you get when you volunteer. When you give up just a little bit of your time, you will always get a lot more out of the experience.

volunteering is fun!
Learn new things, meet cool people!

One amazing part of any volunteer experience is meeting interesting, new people. I find it a little bit magical that I get the chance to meet new people. Meeting new people can be a great chance to learn new things. For instance, the last time I volunteered at The Gathering Place, a fellow volunteer taught me the perfect way to roll burritos, and now I can make awesome burritos. When I volunteered at Treasure House of Hope, a fellow volunteer worked as a preschool teacher and while we all peeled bananas, she regaled us with cute stories of her students. By the time we had finished with the bananas, we were all cracking up at the adorable things her kiddos did. When you open yourself up to new experiences, awesome people find their way into your life. Volunteering is a great way to make connections with new people!

Another great part about volunteering is learning new things. When you volunteer at Project C.U.R.E. you sort medical supplies. This requires no medical knowledge, but often times your fellow volunteers will be nursing students. They often know what all the instruments are for. This volunteer event is a handy way to pick up some knowledge about how chest catheters work. Other great events for learning new things include volunteer events at non-profit cafes and farms. When you volunteer at a non-profit cafe, you get to learn how to make delicious food from locally-sourced ingredients. When you volunteer at a farm, you get to learn all sorts of new things about plants and farming.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway that you get from a volunteer experience is an extra, little bump in happiness! You walk away from an event feeling great because you made a difference and had fun. To find your next volunteer event, use our volunteer search tool. For more information about Project Helping’s fun volunteer events, check out our previous blog posts on volunteer events like The Gathering Place, Project C.U.R.E., SAME Cafe, and Denver Rescue Mission.

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