#10: It's good for you
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
#9: It saves resources
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
#8: Volunteers gain professional experience
You can test out a career.
#7: It brings people together
As a volunteer you assist in:
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
#5: Volunteering strengthens your community
As a volunteer you can help:
- Support families (daycare and eldercare)
- Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
- Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
- Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)
#4: You learn a lot
Volunteers learn things like these:
- Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
- Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
- Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
#3: You get a chance to give back
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#1: You make a difference
Every person counts!
North Vancouver Recreation and Culture is proud to have over 230 active volunteers between the ages of 11 and 85 who donate their time in our community. To learn more about rewarding volunteer opportunities with NSRC, please visit nvrc.ca/volunteering.