The month of April is celebrated as a National Volunteer Month! Earlier, my perception of volunteering was that it’s done to help others. I would do it occasionally an hour here or an hour there. Last fall, I had an opportunity to volunteer for an entire weekend. In order to prepare for it, someone explained me how volunteering can help one’s growth. Since then my approach has changed significantly. I find myself volunteering much more often and is very motivated to do so.
Volunteering for a non-profit has helped me break several barriers.
1. The cause is not focused on or does not benefit me, I don’t hesitate in my pursuit to influence others.
2. It’s much easier to take risks than at work
3. Meeting people from diverse background and connecting at a deeper level than a cocktail party
Overall, it gives me growth and helps others, so happy volunteering!