Personal Benefits of Volunteering
The biggest benefit of volunteering is that you get to help other people and make a difference in their lives, which rewards you with a feeling of accomplishment. For students, volunteering can also be a great addition to a college application, and some volunteer work may even look good on your resume.
Benefits to Your Community
Volunteering can also improve your community. When you host volunteering events, you give residents a chance to get out and interact with each other. They get to know each other, which automatically creates a stronger feeling of community. Residents in neighborhoods that feel like communities are more likely to watch out for each other, and keep the neighborhood looking and feeling great. Plus, the positive feeling of doing something good creates a powerful bond that keeps residents close.
How to Host a Blood Drive
One great volunteering event you can do within your community is a blood drive. Blood drives make it much more convenient for people to get out and donate blood. If your community wants to host a blood drive, you’ll need to offer the location, recruit donors and schedule appointments. The rest is handled by the Red Cross. They even help you organize the event and offer ideas on how to recruit donors. To host a blood drive, you’ll need to call 1-800-GIVE LIFE(1-800-448-3543).
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Of course, there are many other volunteering opportunities for your neighborhood. Whether you’re helping the homeless, disabled vets or anything in between, there is something your community can do to help. Some common volunteering options include:
- Food drive
- Clothing/coat drive
- School supply drive
- Christmas gift drive
If you’d rather collect money for a specific group of people, such as for a soup kitchen or VA hospital, you could host a fun event (block party, auction, etc.) and charge people who attend.
Volunteering is extremely rewarding, but it can also be something that can grow your neighborhood into a close-knit community. Whether you host a blood drive or gather donations for an organization, your community can make a big difference in someone’s life.