Volunteers make a greater impact on the world than many of us realize. Aside from simply helping an organization accomplish a task, these selfless individuals create hope that people in the world can be more than we perceive them to be. Volunteering is an infectious behavior that drives additional volunteers to answer the call when someone is in need. What are ways that volunteers impact the world?
In today’s world, sometimes there seems to be a dim view of humanity. Volunteers give hope to those they help and prove that the world isn’t as bad as it may seem. They are evidence that no matter how dark the tunnel is, the volunteer can illuminate it.
2. Chain Reaction
Sometimes a volunteer’s actions will enlighten those they’ve helped and these individuals will volunteer themselves. It’s akin to paying it forward, as these people offer their talents to help just as they have been helped.
3. Advertising Righteousness
Advertising isn’t just for the capitalists of the world. By showcasing what can be accomplished due to the efforts of a volunteer, this encourages more people to look within themselves to find his or her own humanity.
Many of the services that those in need take for granted would not exist without the efforts of volunteers. In dire times volunteers appear near and far to ensure the survival of another person. Without these selfless people, emergency situations such as hurricanes and tsunamis could be even more tragic.
5. Comfortable Living
We all would like to live comfortably in our homes. Depending on our needs, that may or may not be possible. Volunteers help in creating that comfort and allow those who need assistance the chance to live without worry or fear. Elderly care and special needs individuals are two of the most common groups who benefit from the efforts of volunteers on a daily basis.
While their work may seem like menial tasks to some, the acts of volunteers ripple through the world like waves in a pond.
Jack Meyer is a regular contributor for http://www.nannybackgroundcheck.com. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.
Shari led Online Marketing and Communications at VolunteerMatch from 2010-2015. After working with nonprofits for 9 years, she moved over to the corporate sector and is now leading Inbound Marketing for a tech company in San Francisco.