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Volunteering, which is also commonly referred to as volunteerism, is when a person or organization relies on volunteer labor to help them complete their work. This is most common for nonprofit organizations and charities that depend on volunteers to carry out their mission. Volunteering is a great way to help your community, but it also has many other benefits, both for others and for yourself. Here are some of the top benefits of volunteering:

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  • Helping Others — The main benefit of volunteering is that you are helping others and making your community a better place. You are making a difference in the lives of the people who need it the most and that alone makes volunteering worth it. By volunteering, you can make a real impact in your community and change the world for the better.
  • Meeting New People — Another benefit of volunteering is that you get to meet new people during your experiences. This often leads to you becoming a part of a community with other volunteers, employees at the organization, and those that you are helping. Volunteering is also great for networking, whether you are looking for new friends or connections that can help you in your career.
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  • Getting Active — A lot of volunteer work involves moving, setting up, lifting, and more. This allows you to get active and get your body moving when you volunteer. In this way, you can do some good for your body while doing some good for your community.
  • Learning New Skills mdash; Another benefit of volunteering is that it presents you with opportunities to learn new skills. When you volunteer, you often perform tasks or duties that you might not be familiar with and those experiences can help you grow. Whether it’s scheduling a fundraising event, working a sign-up table, compiling information, or teaching new volunteers, there are many different chances to learn how to do something new.
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  • Feeling Good About Yourself — Volunteering is also beneficial because it makes you feel good about yourself. While volunteering is all about helping others, it’s also important that you feel good about yourself. Being proud of the impact you’re having also encourages you, and others, to continue volunteering and making a difference in your community.

At Rebuilding Together – Silicon Valley, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, so we help provide critical home repairs to over 600 clients per year. Volunteers are essential to our work and the impact we have in these communities. You can help us make a difference in these communities by donating to our cause, volunteering with us, or planning a Team Build! If you would like to get involved, please email today!

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