Why you should volunteer


Not many people talk about volunteering, so I’m here to inform you about why it’s so important, especially during your first years of high school. Volunteering creates a unique connection between a person and the community. Strangers even become good friends.

There are many benefits to volunteering. Not only is volunteering a good opportunity for landing your first job, but you’re also helping out the community while having fun. 

  1. Meet New People

Volunteering is a great way to expand your social network. You’ll meet people with the same interests or goals as you, maybe even becoming lifelong friends. Volunteering helps you appreciate the simple things in life and practice humanity.

  1. Give Back to the Community

Do you like creating change in the world? Do you feel at ease and happy when you make someone’s day better? A good start to your goal would be volunteering. You can give back to the community by helping homeless people, assisting the elderly, finding lonely animals their forever home, you name it. 

  1. Stand Out

Are you looking for a job? Many people don’t have work experience, so their chances of getting hired are low. This is where volunteer experience helps you stand out from other applicants. Students who volunteer can add to their resumes, increasing their chances of getting hired. Volunteer experience shows that you’re helpful, that you have experience in the workforce, and overall shows that you’re fit for the job.

  1. Improve Mental & Physical Health

Homesickness, loneliness, anxiety, boredom. We’ve all experienced these before. Volunteering has shown a positive impact on people who struggle with these. Getting out of the house and helping other people gives us a sense of dopamine. Actively moving around and carrying things also improves physical health.

Final Tip: I recommend joining KeyClub, it’s a fun club that offers a bunch of volunteering opportunities–and you can meet great people!

Below is a link to some of the volunteer events in our community, there are more out there!

Volunteer – City of Stockton, CA (stocktonca.gov)