Haley Dang, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu
- It’s good for you. There are a number of health benefits when it comes to volunteering—when you’ve finished a job, you get a boost in confidence and a sense of accomplishment. It helps you feel like you’ve really done something because you’re being productive and staying in contact with a group of helpful people. Through this process, you can make friends and develop a great support system. According to Harvard Health Publication, volunteering also induces “the happiness effect.” People who volunteer were shown in their study to be happier than those who didn’t; in short, you’re only improving yourself mentally and physically with volunteering.
- It connects you to people. The benefit of volunteering is that when you’re doing it, you’re not alone. You’re surrounded by people (maybe even potential friends!), and these people will most likely have similar interests since you’re volunteering at an event or charity that you’re passionate about. You’ll be able to talk to them much more easily, and this in turn builds better social skills and helps expands one’s social circle. What’s more, you’re building a stronger sense of community through volunteering.
- It’s just a good thing to do. We are given so much in life—why not we give a little back as a thank you? Many events and charities you may know of are based heavily on volunteers. If we didn’t have volunteers, many events couldn’t run: Taste of Edmonton and the Fringe Festival are just a couple that rely on volunteer power to operate. If you love these events, why not help keep them running? Things like this year’s drama department production of The Pajama Game needed volunteers to run the front of house as well as keep things moving smoothly backstage. Why not become a part of these amazing communities of people and give back to the community at the same time? As Russell Peters once said, “Be a man. Do the right thing.” (We’re putting our focus on the second sentence in that quote.)
In the end, volunteering is really just a great thing to do if you want to give back to the community and be a good person. It’s not only beneficial for the community; it also helps you out. There are tons of volunteer opportunities out here in Edmonton—browse the Internet or drop by the volunteer fair on Saturday April 11 at West Edmonton Mall—more info on that here. Get out there and make a difference!