Why Volunteering Adds Meaning to Your Life

According to the Cambridge dictionary, “Volunteering is a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it.”

Volunteering is an extraordinary opportunity to add meaning and purpose to one’s life. The lifetime benefits not only go for the people or causes in need, but also for yourself.

If you are thinking about whether or not to jump into a volunteering experience, you might be surprised at what you might find out from taking the leap.

Here are the 3 main benefits I have discovered while working as a volunteer at The Planet Calls:

1. Meeting New People Remotely

Volunteering provides the platform to meet new faces, especially with 21st-century technology. I was able to connect with volunteers across the globe, from the comfort of my own home. Within our messaging group, we have specific channels that go beyond the work scope — where we share poems, artwork, and more.

It feels satisfying to work with like-minded people with the same shared values. With The Planet Calls, we are all on the mission to spread the word about climate change and sustainability. Being around this group of people remotely, I achieved something I never felt before: a sense of belonging with people who want to save the world, literally.

2. The Fulfillment of the Mind and Soul

Doing work that supports a cause bigger than yourself definitely has a positive impact on the mind and soul. Using skills for communal impact naturally just makes you feel happier when you are putting in the time for meaningful causes.

Writing blogs for The Planet Calls made me learn about the negative consequences of plastic pollution, climate change, eco-anxiety, and more. Although these issues worry me for our planet’s future, knowing that my words are reaching a large audience with their platform, I feel assured that at least one person will wake up and start to make sustainable changes in their personal lives.

And that alone is enough for me.

3. Career Advancement and Exploration

I graduated from University at the end of 2019. By the time I decided to pursue a full-time job, it was a bit too late. The Covid-19 pandemic contaminated the world, and I was literally stuck in lockdown with no experience.

What can a helpless fresh graduate do in the midst of a novel pandemic?

With the help of remote gigs and volunteering opportunities, I was able to dabble in multiple experiences to see what skills I needed to work on — and discovered job fields I have a secret talent for.

With non-profit organisations providing volunteering opportunities for people to experiment in new careers, volunteers may be shocked to discover their true passions with these opportunities.

On the plus side, 95% of employers agreed that volunteering can be a credible way of gaining real-work experience to add to your resume, according to SEEK research. Despite it being unpaid, work is still work — and so is the experience that comes with it.

More than Just a Volunteering Experience

Volunteering is more than just meeting new faces, a soul-seeking experience, or a career advancement opportunity.

We can volunteer every day in our daily lives. It could be picking up someone’s trash, or helping the elderly cross the street.

Being a volunteer at The Planet Calls made me realise that it is our duty to give back to society — no matter how big or small.

The question is, how much are you willing to give back?

By Erryl Ho

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