Give Time, Give Yourself

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

It’s National Volunteer Month!

This month Americans from all backgrounds will give their time and talents freely to organizations looking to make a difference in their communities.

April also encompasses National Volunteer Week, observed April 6-12 in 2014. In 1974, President Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week, and every President since has issued a proclamation for one week in the month of April to encourage “all Americans to commit themselves to do more through the many volunteer programs available in their communities, and to celebrate the invaluable service that volunteers do everyday.” (Source)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “about 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013.”

But you’re busy. You’ve got a full-time job, hobbies, chores, friends, a family. Certainly your plate is full. Why spend your precious minutes doing work you don’t even get paid for?

“Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own. The intent of volunteerism is to both generate and harness the community’s desire to assist in the overall improvement of the quality of life for everyone. Each individual brings a unique perspective, which fosters relationships and interaction with others.” (See more)

Short answer, when you do good, you feel good.

This month we’ll take a look at why you should volunteer and ways to find the perfect spot to jump in and serve.

Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.