Perhaps we realize how lucky we are, and we want to give back. Maybe we are searching for another life purpose in this self-centered ‘me, me, me’ society. Or it may simply be that we feel it is our duty as human beings to better the lives of those less fortunate. There are as many reasons as to why people volunteer as there are volunteers themselves.
So many lives are enriched by organizations that provide invaluable services to communities which, without the work of dedicated volunteers, simply would not be able to function.
In addition to fulfilling the desire to make a difference, volunteering offers us an opportunity to see the world through new eyes and to better understand it. When we experience different cultures and alternate ways of living, we not only develop an appreciation and compassion for others, but learn to better understand ourselves, and ultimately grow in that understanding.
The beauty of volunteering lies in the fact that when you give, you receive so much more in return.