Volunteering has always been a part of who I am. I am so thankful for a program like Changemaker Central where I still have volunteer opportunities throughout my college years. I have been asked some questions about volunteering and here are my answers to them.
1. Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because I know I am making somebody’s life better. It also gives me this feeling that I contributed to something bigger than myself and that makes me really happy. I have volunteered for food banks, clothing banks, a children’s hospital. I always end up feeling good about myself and others who volunteer with me after it.
2. How do I become a volunteer?
I would start off by getting involved. Changemaker is a great way to start this. Devils in Disguise is an event ASU does every year. We volunteer a whole day in April by doing a few different things. You can also talk to the non-profit organizations and see what you can do. There’s a list of them in the last blog if you would like to explore. You could also just start by doing something, such as a food drive or cleaning up trash in your community.
3. Why is volunteering important?
Volunteering is important because you get to gain new insight on things you normally wouldn’t do. You get to improve your social skills with other individuals. You also get to experience new things. You may volunteer with children, animals, elderly. The list is endless. You get to experience more out of life. You also get to give back and help others. Volunteers create a happier environment. They make the life of others easier for them. You also get to make connections with others. These people you meet while volunteering could become your mentor or one of your greatest friends one day. They may help you through your life and give you great advice. Volunteering also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Don’t volunteer for something if it seems like a chore. Find something you enjoy doing and you will feel great about it.
4. What is the greatest impact volunteering has had on your life?
I joined a program called Kids Making Miracles when I was in high school. This program benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. When I joined this program, I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I want to be a director of a charity, one that benefits children. I want to organize and be a part of events that will benefit people in need. I want to continue to give to something greater than myself and help the ones in need.