Local Connections SHARE ON: Top Reasons To Volunteer Today Volunteering feels great. You probably already know that. But have you ever stopped to really consider why? You’re not getting paid. It requires your time. It uses up your energy. It can often be really demanding work. So why do so many do it? 1. Community Impact Volunteering helps people in need. It helps worthwhile causes and organizations like Muskoka Victim Services. And it helps your community. It’s good for society and is often the only way some organizations can provide help to those who really, truly need it. This opportunity to give back and make a community impact pays you back, not with money, but with the feel-good rewards of filling a need and helping others. 2. It’s Good For Your Career By volunteering your time, you’re gaining experience and building meaningful relationships. Unpaid work, like paid work, teaches people important, transferable skills. Often, volunteering opens up a new channel of information for people and can be an effective way make social connections which can lead to career opportunities. 3. Provides a Sense of Purpose For some, it’s easy to get stuck in the drudgery of what you do for work and feel like you’re not really making a difference. For others, you’ve retired or no longer work and it feels like something is missing. Volunteering allows both types of people to fulfill that need to do something with meaning. Organizations like Muskoka Victim Services provide people with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people around them and in their community. 4. Connection With Others Not only does it provide possible career-related connections, volunteering provides a much more basic connection: with people. You’ll meet like-minded individuals, create friendships, and grow your social circle. Having meaningful connections with people gives individuals an important boost to their well-being and can positively impact your life. Interacting with new or different perspectives, spending time with people, and engaging with others can combat loneliness while boosting those feel-good endorphins and improving your mental well-being. Each person has their own reasons why they volunteer, but the benefits are shared by all. If you would like to give back to your community, establish meaningful relationships, make advancements with your career, and make a difference, consider volunteering with a local organization today. Muskoka Victim Services urgently needs Volunteer Crisis Responders. No experience is necessary; they will train you for this important role. As a Volunteer Crisis Responder you will respond with Emergency Services, Police, Fire Departments, and EMS to offer trauma and practical support to victims of homicide, sexual assault, domestic abuse, human trafficking, and more. To view the full volunteer job description and application form, visit www.muskokavs.ca.