National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers who come together to tackle tough challenges and build stronger, more resilient communities. Each year, Points of Light shines a light on the people and causes that inspire others to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974, growing exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.
Life is busy-both professionally and personally. When it comes to the topic of volunteering, sometimes the response is, “I just don’t have the time.” Many think that volunteering has to be a long-term process with a lengthy commitment-but it doesn’t. Taking a few hours out of a Saturday to clean up a community park or play with the dogs at the local animal shelter can make a huge difference and not just for whomever or whatever you’re helping-for you too.
According to volunteerhub.com, volunteerism improves health by strengthening the body, improving mood and lessening stress in participants. One study from Ghent University stated that volunteers are as healthy as five years younger than those who do not volunteer.
Volunteering helps individuals grow professionally too. When added to a CV or resumes, volunteering activities yield higher employment opportunities-27% higher to be exact. Employment websites indicated that 60% of hiring managers see the act of volunteerism as an asset when making recruitment decisions.
More employers are encouraging volunteerism among employees by offering a “Day of Service,” where in lieu of a day spent in the office, staff participate in their own volunteer project or one organized by the company. Internal business collections, drives and awareness programs are also on the rise. Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG) is no stranger to giving back.
TMG takes social responsibility seriously on both local and global levels. As an organization, TMG focuses efforts on creating a responsible and sustainable business. Through its work with clients and corporate efforts, TMG continues to make decisions that have the greatest impact on the local environment and global society.
Associations can join the volunteerism effort by organizing fun runs, collections or other support programs for specific causes at its annual meetings. A great way to do this is to involve members local to the area where the meeting will be held as they know best where the biggest needs are within their community. By way of chapters or committees, association members can organize an event inviting all meeting to participate in a volunteerism effort whether it is helping at the local shelter or even asking meeting attendees to bring new school supplies with them that will be collected and later donated to surrounding after-school programs or youth groups. The opportunities are endless and so is the need for volunteers.
To find volunteer opportunities in your area, this is a great place to start. You can narrow the search by any location and type of service needed.
While it may be National Volunteer Week, volunteerism is something for all year round. When broken down monetarily, volunteerism has a worth of over $184 billion dollars, but the act of volunteering is invaluable.