As a baby boomer, I am in a select group of volunteers. That’s because the volunteer rate for baby boomers is the highest of any generational age group. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Why do people volunteer?
- to help others and contribute to the community
- to use skills in a new setting
- to develop a sense of accomplishment and self-worth
- to learn new skills
- to challenge themselves
- to work for a cause
- to help improve the quality of community life
As a volunteer, you will also gain recognition for your abilities. That’s what happened to me recently when I was honored with a Halo Award for my fundraising efforts on behalf of a non-profit medical clinic in my community. To make a long story short, I attended an event where a woman named Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum was being honored for her service to the community. I didn’t know her but I was so moved by her story that I felt compelled to help with the homeless military veterans project she mentioned.
Over a four-month period, I solicited my friends (and strangers) to help me raise money on the clinic’s behalf. I capped it off with a Throwback to the 60s Fundraising Party and we raised $1250, which is being matched by Modern Woodmen of America because of their insurance agent Nancy Williams.
Volunteering is good for the soul. Publicity is good for your image.