The Benefits of Volunteering
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another."
— Erma Bombeck
Today. approximately one-and-a-half million volunteers throughout the United States dramatically extend The Salvation Army's ability to serve the needy.
Through the skills and experience volunteers bring to The Army, they make significant contributions to society by positively impacting the lives of those they assist. Salvation Army volunteers change lives, uplift families and support communities throughout our nation everyday.
Why Volunteer with The Salvation Army?
- To make a difference. Volunteering for The Salvation Army offers a unique chance to change lives and support communities. Your efforts will provide a true difference in the quality of life of those in need.
- To gain practical experience. Do you want to work in health or social work? Even if you seek a career in business, art, technology or science, the people skills and experiences you will gain as a volunteer will help you to excel.
- To improve your resume. If you are a student, gaining volunteer experience can make a great difference when you are applying to college or for scholarships. Even seasoned professionals will find that charitable extracurricular activities such as volunteer work are looked upon favorably in the corporate world and can help you get ahead.
- To network. There are social and professional benefits from getting to know other good, caring people. Professionally, you never know who knows who, and your chance acquaintances made through performing volunteer work may reward you in the future. Numerous studies also suggest that networking and forming positive social affiliations will positively influence your mental health and moods.
- To grow as a person. Whether you are seeking to develop your spirituality or to improve your character, working with those less fortunate is often a transformative experience that will help you find greater compassion and appreciation in your life. Volunteering is an excellent means of character exploration and development for men, women, and youth of all ages.
- To feel good. Volunteering improves self-esteem, reduces blood pressure, enhances the immune system, and decreases stress. Volunteers were also found to have lower premature death rates, less heart disease, and fewer health issues overall according to a study conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Health in Canada. Similar results linking stimulation in the brain’s pleasure center with committing unselfish acts was found by the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. It seems one of the best ways to improve the health of your heart is to use it in the caring service of others!
As a volunteer of The Salvation Army, you will be of priceless value to your community.
Discover the joy of giving back to your community: become a Salvation Army volunteer today. Click on the Become a Volunteer button and fill out the form to be contacted by a representative from The Salvation Army.
Thank you for exploring the many opportunities to help those in need and enhance your community as a volunteer within The Salvation Army!