Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”.
Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
CNCS believes that volunteering and civic engagement are the cornerstone of a strong nation. Volunteering can also provide important benefits to those who serve – helping them develop and maintain skills, expand professional networks, stay connected to their community, and experience physical and mental health benefits.
At a time of social need, when Americans of all ages are looking for ways to give back, we need to be ready to engage all those who answer the call to serve. East Bay Volunteers, this website, tries to make its contribution to that endeavor.
How about you? Are you looking for ways to give back?